The ancient town lies 700 metres above sea level, at the merging point of the Nam Khan and mighty Mekong rivers. Surrounded by mountains the town has quickly become one of the most popular towns in Laos.
The ancient Royal capital of the Lan Xang dynasty, it remained the capital until King Phothisarat moved the capital to Vientiane.
Considered the centre for Buddhist learnings in Laos, the plethora of temples, locally known as Wats and former Royal Palaces make Luang Prabang one of the most spiritual towns in the country and the town has taken full advantage of the tourist industry, which is its main source of income.
December and January are the coolest months with temperatures reaching around 28º centigrade.
As with many Asian towns, Luang Prabang has two distinctive seasons, the wet running from April to October and the remaining five months considerably dryer.
The hottest months of the year are April and May when temperatures often exceed 40º centigrade.
THINGS TO DO
The main attractions in the town are the Wats, ancient Buddhist temples that adorn the town at almost every turn.
The Royal Palace is worth visiting and offers a great insight into the political history of the town and its struggles through the centuries.
If you are looking for something more unusual then search out Elephant rides, which are a great way of taking in the natural beauty of the town and the surrounding area. Waterfalls and the confluence of the Nam Kham and Mekong river offer the chance to partake in some water sports or take a trip along the Mekong to Ban Chan famous for its pottery.
Every morning you can watch the local monks walking through the streets, accepting alms from local residents.
The night market which can be found at the end of the main street is a popular tourist attraction and full of local wares and tourist souvenirs. It is also a great place to try traditional cuisine from one of the many small restaurants or stalls.