The great thing about playing golf abroad is it can take you to places you have never considered visiting and for many people, Luang Prabang falls into that category.
Luang Prabang is situated in northern Laos, a southeast Asian country which has borders with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, being landlocked by each of them. Luang Prabang is the ancient capital, in the province which goes by the same name and it lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.
The airport is just 5 kilometres to the northeast of the city and accepts flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Jinghong, Pakse, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur and Vientiane. Therefore, Luang Prabang makes for a great multi-destination golf holiday and can be booked along with any of the places with connecting flights
You will never be short of things to do in Luang Prabang and the ancient city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. It has managed to maintain its charm, despite becoming more and more popular with tourists and the temples, wildlife, waterfalls, caves, culture and surrounding mountains make Luang Prabang a fascinating place to visit.
Fortunately, there is also a great golf course in Luang Prabang, called Luang Prabang Golf Club. Just 10 minutes away from the city centre, this is arguably one of the most spectacular golf courses in the world. Boasting incredible mountain views against the backdrop of the Mekong River, you will struggle to find a better setting anywhere for a round of golf.
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.