Luang Prabang is the former capital and former royal city of the former "Kingdom of Laos" and still the capital city of Luang Prabang province. Located at the confluence of the Mekong River and Kan River, about 300 km north of Vientiane. And it is world famous as 'Unesco World Heritage Site" with beautiful old temples and French colonial style houses.
What is the local currency in Laos?The official currency is the Kip. There are ATM's and money exchange offices in town.
How to get to/from Luang Prabang?Air : The airport (LPQ) serves as International airport to/from Bangkok, Siem Reap, Hanoi, Chiang Mai and Jinghong. And as domestic airport to/from Vientiane and Pakse. Airlines flying to/from LPQ are Lao Airlines, Thai Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Lao Central Airlines and Bangkok Airways.
See LPQ Airport
Bus : LPB can be reached by bus from most places in Northern Laos and via Vientiane also Central and Southern Laos. Journeys might not be fast or comfortable.
Road : Roads in Laos or not up to western standards or even modern Asian standards. But travelling over road from Vientiane is possible in 1 day. But a heavy raining season could change that very quickly. Nowadays you can also travel to LPB from Nan province in Thailand. LPB could also be reached via the international border crossing at Thali (Loei) or Huai Kon (Nan).
Boat : Depending on the water level LPB can be reached by boat over the Mekong River, also from/to Thailand.
How to get around?As LPB is very small you can actually go almost everywhere by walking. Although there are also Tuk-Tuk's, in Laos called Jumbo's. You could rent a bicycle to explorer the city or a motorbike to explorer the area around LPB.
Where to stay?My personal preference would be to stay in the "old area" between the Mekong River and Kan River. But there are hotels, guesthouses and resorts almost everywhere. You could even choose to stay just outside the city, in a more natural area.
Where to eat?There are many restaurants in town with of course delicious Lao food, but also great French food.
What to do?
- Walk along the Mekong River to the old centre and visit the temples.
- Wake-up very early and watch the monks going around for alms.
- Climb the stairs of the "Phousi" (Phu Si) mountain and watch sunset