Getting to know Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang was the former capital of an ancient Laotian kingdom, whose name means the ‘Land of a Million Elephants and the White Parasol’. Although Vientiane became the capital of the Laos People’s Democratic Republic, Luang Prabang is one of the most culturally exquisite and distinct cities in Asia.
Its assortment of 32 phenomenally preserved temples and wats have earned the city recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The authorities and business owners of the city are mainly conscientious, making sure that the city stays tidy, clean, and relatively undamaged by tourism.
In the mid-14th century, the first kingdom of the country was founded here, at the junction of the Nam Khan Rivers and Mekong, before the royal household transferred south to the modern day capital of Vientiane a hundred years later.
With this damaging departure, Luang Prabang turned into a target for invaders from all over Asia. The region was consequently attacked by invaders, eventually France becoming the victors. Despite these invasions, a civil war and two Indochina wars, the city was able to preserve the photogenic buildings that have made it one of the pearls of Southeast Asia.
Traditional wooden Laotian homes are situated between withering French structures and shimmering, golden-roofed temples. The city is abundant with flowers, and lush greenery towering some of the buildings. Trucks and buses are banned from entering the city, adding to its serene atmosphere.
We highly recommend a trip to the Pak Ou Caves. Several centuries ago, people traveled to two caves to pay homage to the spirit of the Mekong River. Nowadays, Pak Ou, the site of the junction of the Nam Ou Rivers and Mekong River, is the place where Buddhists still visit to pray and worship the myriads of Buddha statues that have accrued over the years, and is now recognized as the Buddha Caves. This excursion also provides you the opportunity to go on an adventure on the Mekong River.