Discover the tranquillity and tropical charm of the historic city of Luang Prabang, now under UNESCO protection as a World Heritage Site.
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Start the day with a visit to the heritage information centre, Heuan Chan, a former residence of Lao royal families, followed by a visit to Vat Siphouthabat and Luang Prabang’s National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace, where a collection of personal artefacts of the former Laotian Royal Family is on display. Nearby Wat Mai displays a five-tiered roof that epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in town before heading to visit Wat Xieng Thong – often said to be Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple. Journey to Kuang Si Falls and enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool turquoise pools. Make a quick stop at the nearby Bear Rescue Centre where they conserve the black bears in the northern part of Laos. Embark on a riverboat trip along the mighty Mekong to visit the famous and sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves, stopping along the way at Xanghai village where locals produce Lao rice wine. If time and energy permit, climb the 350 steps of Phou Sii Hill, standing in the centre of this small city to enjoy its commanding views at sunset view.