WELCOME TO LUANGPRABANG
Luang Prabang is the cultural and religious capital of Laos, and was also the Royal capital until 1975 when the Pathet Lao forced King Sisavang Vatthana to abdicate. During the time of the Lan Xang kingdom, between 13-16th centuries, Luang Prabang was also the administrative capital of Laos instead of Vientiane.
Luang Prabang is now the only city in Laos where ethnic Lao people make up the majority rather than Chinese, Vietnamese or Thai.
In 1995, UNESCO made Luang Prabang a world heritage city to try and preserve the old French Indo-Chinese architecture. This move has also helped preserve the ancient traditions and trades which make Laos unique.
It is possible to watch people making sa (mulberry bark) paper, silver jewellery and plates, rattan baskets, wood carvings and textiles in many small shops all through the little alleyways and laneways of Luang Prabang.
PAK OU CAVE
These two caves are located some 25km from Luangprabang where the Nam Ou river flow into the Mekong, the caves are revered throughout Laos and a very popular place for tourists and pilgrims alike. There are some 4000 statues and statuettes in the caves, mostly of the Buddha, many still covered with paper thin gilding. The first cave is reached by a steep staircase from the river’s edge, while the second cave is a little deeper inside the mountain.
Cruise with an unique wonderful overview of Luang Prabang, from Pak Ou pier in front Belle rive hotel to Ancien Royal Palace king Phetsarat During almost 2.5 hours, you will discover Luang Prabang riverside from Mekong river to Pak Ou Pier from an exclusive, quiet and cosy place, while you enjoy unlimited soft drinks and one alcoholic cocktail, beer or spirit throughout the cruise, our on board dinner accompanied by French wines carefully selected (one bottle for 4 people), overlooking the busy Xieng Mène riverside by night