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Monday, 15th February 2016

4 activities you cannot miss in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is one of the most popular attractions for travellers to Laos, with plenty of things to do for travellers looking to explore natural beauty and the country’s unique culture. 

The town was the royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom until King Photisarat moved to Vientiane in 1545. Such is the history of the location, there is much to explore for tourists including stunning royal palaces and temples.

Even though it has become more of a tourist attraction, the town has maintained much of its classic charm and the unique Laotian atmosphere. 

Here are four attractions you should not miss while in the town:

1. Kuang Si Waterfall 

This is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area and has three tiers, which lead to a 50-metre drop into beautiful azure pools. These also make excellent swimming holes and are extremely popular with travellers and locals alike. 

As well as this, the pools have cascades reaching up to five metres high. Whether you are interested in going for a swim or just want to sit back and chill, this is a great place to visit.  

You can even take some time out to explore some of the nearby trails where you can see streams feeding into waterfalls and take advantage of some excellent photo opportunities. 

2. Mount Phousi 

Mount Phousi is another popular tourist destination and is a well-known element of the Luang Prabang countryside. The location is a great spot to see the sun rise or set over the Mekong River. 

From this point, you can see a stunning 360 degree view of the city. A couple of hours can be spent walking up and down from the vantage point, leaving tourists to enjoy the many delights of Luang Prabang. 

As well as the view of the city, there are other attractions to enjoy, including the Wat Tham Phousi shrine, where there are some extraordinary monuments. 

3. Park Ou Caves

The Park Ou Caves are one of the most revered sites in the whole of Luang Prabang, featuring more than 4,000 Buddha icons, caves and a shrine to the river spirit and Lord Buddha. 

In this area, there are two caves to visit, Tham Ting and Tham Theung. Both of these feature beautiful Buddhist figures that are made mostly from wood. The statues in the caves have been left in the caves by locals for hundreds of years. 

4. Wat Long Khoun

The Wat Long Khoun temple has been connected to the town’s royal family for decades and has served as a sanctuary for spiritual healing. The development boasts jataka murals that tell the story of the 546 lives of Lord Buddha and other Buddhist myths and legends. 

The temple features a stunning range of statues and carvings, including a red ceiling with intricate stencils of dharma wheels and other mythical creatures. 

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4 ways to keep active in Laos (14th January 2016)