Laos

“Luang Prabang”

LUANG PRABANG

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uang Prabang, literally: “Royal Buddha Image, is a city in North Central Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers about 300 km north of Vientiane. It is the capital of Luang Prabang Province. 

The city was formerly the capital of a kingdom of the same name. It had also been known by the ancient name of Chiang Thong. Until the communist takeover in 1975, it was the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos. The old town center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The main part of the city consists of four main roads on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. One of the major landmarks in the city is a large steep hill on which sits Wat Chom Si.

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POPULATION
50,000 (province, estimated, 2012)

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WHAT TO WEAR

There are essentially two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season starts from November to May and the wet/rainy season from May to October. In January and February the temperature ranges between 15C at night and 29C during the day while in April and May, the hottest months, between 22C and 34C. The rainy season during the monsoon does not affects visits to the many temples and sites and typically it rains (sometime heavily) for shorts periods. The best time of the year to visit is between Mid-October through the end of February/beginning of March when temperature average 20C.

SHOPPING

The Night Market displays an explosion of textile and handicrafts in a colorful and local ambiance. You can find clothing, traditional scarves, sculptures, paintings….

NO SMOKING, PLEASE

Smoking is forbidden in all temples, public transport, airports (they may have designated smoking areas), bus stations, indoor public places including office buildings, hospitals.

TIPS

Tip is discretionary and up to you, of course gratuities for a good service are appreciated.

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