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Location

Luang Prabang, Laos

Address

The area on the peninsula that is surrounded by the Mekong River and the Nam Khan, Luang Prabang, Laos

Getting there

Access: One of the best ways to explore Luang Prabang is cycling through the slow traffic roads. There are many places where you can rent a bicycle in the old quarter, which radiates from Th Sisavangvong (main street) and its parallels Th Khem Kong (along the Mekong River) and Th Kingkitsarat (along the Nam Khan River).

More information

https://facebook.com/pages/Luang-Prabang-Old-Town/, https://foursquare.com/v/luang-prabang/

Prices

Admission free

Opening hours

24 hours. All year round.

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The Old Quarter in Luang Prabang is the area on the peninsula that is surrounded by the Mekong River and the Nam Khan nestled between lush green mountains, home to numerous Buddhist temples with a heavy French influence. Here you will find most temples and tourist attractions. Of the best cities to wonder through in the early morning Luang Prabang must be near the top.

As an urban-style Southeast Asian tradition unique in Laos, rare in the world, ancient city of Luang Prabang kept almost intact the architectural heritage projects like streets, homes, clubs, family, pagodas, temples, churches, ethnic, ancient wells, ancient tomb … The architecture both traditional art shades of Laos, expressing the integration of cultural exchanges with the East and the West. Over many centuries, the customs, ceremonies, cultural activities and beliefs as well as traditional dishes remain stored and preserved for generations with the ancient town people. Luang Prabang has a healthy natural environment, quiet little village with lovely suburb, with crafts such as carpentry, do bronze, ceramics …

Researchers said the ancient architecture in Luang Prabang most redone since the early 19th century, although in the constructor can much older. Ancient architecture is most evident in the old town. Located in wards full KhamMuon, Old Town area of about 2 km ², focusing most famous relics in Luang Prabang. The streets in the old town a short and narrow, highly curved, horizontal run along the checkerboard pattern. Topography Quarter inclined form gradually from north to south. The buildings in the old town is built mostly of traditional materials: brick, wood and no more than two floors. Guests recognizable traces of time not only in the architectural styles of each building that was everywhere: on the roofs tiled roof covered with moss and vegetation; walls gray mold, old; the carving of a strange animal or describe a tale … It would have attracted the talented artisans in carpentry, masonry, pottery of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Laos … so each works leave today still printed cultural imprint is quite diverse, rich of many nations.

The town’s center is marked by a 100 m hill called Phu Si, to which one can climb and get a very good view of the landscape: unmanaged green vegetation of the mountainous regions beyond the two rivers. In the Old Quarter you can find plenty of guesthouses, restaurants and tour companies.

What to explore at Old Quarter Luang Prabang?

Travel to Laos and walking the old quarter, an entire city block quaint, quiet in the ancient capital of Luang Prabang gives visitors a sense of ineffable peace. According tourists footsteps, apparently elapsed time here slowly. With vietnamese tourists, image here recall a familiar Hoi An. Streets squeaky clean, though not limited car, motorcycle, but space here very peaceful, not hear sirens or noise of the modern media. Visiting Luang Prabang will not complete without experience the Ola Quarter, a diverse and unique ancient culture, unspoiled nature, delicious foods and most of all the charming innocence of the Laos people and their simple lifestyle.

How to get to Old Quarter Luang Prabang?

One of the best ways to explore Luang Prabang is cycling through the slow traffic roads. There are many places where you can rent a bicycle in the old quarter, which radiates from Th Sisavangvong (main street) and its parallels Th Khem Kong (along the Mekong River) and Th Kingkitsarat (along the Nam Khan River).

Reviews by visitors

The old French quarter is bounded by two rivers.One hundred year old colonial cottages line the river banks-now guest houses and hotels.An evening stroll and drink overlooking the Mekong is unforgettable.A climb up mount Phousi-364stairs-and an early morning rise to see the monks alms collection are must dos.

~roger

The old quarter is very well preserved with traditional & French Colonial buildings. At night it becomes a walking street with night market/shops & restaurants. Take your time to walk & soak in the charm & beauty.

~kazi

We stayed in a nearby guesthouse and spent a lot of our time here, many things to see, great cafes and restaurants, plenty to explore.

~jack

Visited Luang Prabang twice; in 2013 alone and last month with my husband. Rainy season and not. 

Some may say it's more touristy than thought, I'd say that you spend time in the old quarter opposite travelers' street. Early morning or at dawn, you will have your own Luang Prabang. This city especially old quarter makes you concentrate on you and appreciate being there. It's a great place to look back on your life and your current issues. Whether it has more visitors or not, you will realize that this place has power and you've made a good choice.

~snowwalk

The old quarter Luang Prabang is nice and interesting. It looks like brother and sister of Hoi An old town in Vietnam. There are a number of cafes, restaurants and shops to be discovered.

~may

Much has been said already about LP's old quarter. What I found amazing were the dogs. They were everywhere, well-kept, happy pooches, who are allowed to wander the streets and go home at night. As there is not much traffic, they are quite safe ... except from Vietnamese who, we were told, steal them to eat or sell.

~kim

Laos was always the poor relation of the French colonies in SE Asia, with only a few hundred French nationals resident even in the hay day of Indo China. Hence Luang Prabang has a village feel, especially in the Old Town. The streets are clean, quiet, and bordered by freshly painted and clean shops and houses, many of which are now guest houses and hotels. There is no sense of rush; all is quiet and peaceful. This is why we return regularly-I first visited in 1967, and little has changed in this part of the city.

~jimmy

A very easy comfortable walk lets you see many old well preserved buildings and the Mekong River. The area is well kept and full of picture opportunities. You are not bothered by wandering vendors. We spent a couple of peaceful hours there as it is a non-hustle bustle attraction.

~czep

You can walk around easily around town or rent a bicycle that will cost you nothing. Enjoy the numerous temples, art galleries and little shops. There are plenty of beautiful restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Laotian food for a few kips. Give an afternoon over to just walking or cycling around, taking in the architecture and neighbourhood, have a beer at the riverside or a coffee in a cake shop.

~mike

Old town but would look quaint. Street food is not much choice, vegetarian buffet is cheap but not good, strange smells.

~unle

The old town is really beautiful, surrounded by rivers and mountains, full of well-preserved historic buildings and so many spectacularly-decorated temples. It's also peaceful - hardly any traffic to contend with. If you've been to Hoi An and Ubud, LP is next.

~georgia

This old quarter is so different from the old quarter in Hanoi, or the old town of Hoi An. The whole town is so quiet and peaceful, so don't be surprised when you find yourself the only person in a temple. Not touristy at all!

~jeffrey

The old quarter is a small but marvellous part of Luang Prabang, high above the two rivers which flank the city. Wandering around the old quarter was pleasant enough, and doesn't take even a day to cover rather fully. But there is a shortage of information on most of the buildings and houses (unless I missed something) which makes the experience less than fully satisfactory. Possibly the uniquely-positioned UNESCO office (which was closed when we visited) could take a hand in leading the preparation of adequate materials. There are lots of buildings which are interesting and must have fascinating histories. What are they?

~dan

I loved the old section of the town. It borders along the Mekong River and has numerous lanes to explore.,There are many outdoorrestaurants on the bluff above the river, and there are also numerous guest houses along the lanes and near the river.

~cathie

The old quarter is not very far from my hotel so i took a walk just to explore local life activities. And i was not disappointed. The town was like laos-french-chines architecture, peaceful streets, lovely and friendly people. Its easy to find local cafe/restaurant here with delicious foods, drink. 

I will surely come back

~chris

This relay amazing place the spiritual of the town, can take you in time journey, the great place, make sure u have your tour guide with you

~anas

Calm, quiet area of this sedate town. Just wander the streets to see the lovely old architecture and make sure you visit Wat Xieng Thong. (Legs and shoulders need to be covered but they will rent you fabric to ensure modesty)

~addict

Everything is within easy walking distance and it's perfect for a day of leisurely strolling, taking in the Wats and enjoying breaks in the many cafes and restaurants that overlook the water on either side of the peninsula. The lack of traffic or vendors compared to many other places means that it's a much more laid back atmosphere

~nathan

The town is a mix of Lao and French/IndoChinese architecture. It has a peaceful feeling and yet there is a definite 'go-ahead' aspect. We loved the fact it is on a peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers - any direction was only a walk to a beautiful river vista. Impressive temples and a palace top off the townscape. Great food and drinking opportunities abound. We ended our visit with a sunset cruise on the Mekong - perfect for photographers. This is definitely one of our favourite places.

~kenneth

Having read glowing descriptions of Luang Prabang before arriving I was expecting much more in terms of an "old quarter". Sure, there's a few old buildings, and the wats are fantastic to wander around, but the old quarter itself doesn't leave you with any real feeling of walking around a historic area. By comparison, Hoi An provides a much better experience and closer to what I had expected. Instead the haphazard mix of old buildings and modern developments doesn't have any coherent feel of an "old quarter" at all.

~dlay

A must do in Laos! You can walk around for hours, great photo opportunities and fantastic food places. Nice shopping too.

~jenk

Lying between mist shrouded mountains on the banks of the Mekong River,Luang Prabang is one of the most charming destinations in South-East Asia. The Old Quarter is filled with grand mansions and traditional wooden houses. Street cafes, monks call to payers. colourful frangipanis, street vendors and wats, there is so much to see. Explore by foot or on bicycle, watch sunrise from Mount Phousi and enjoy sunset over the Mekong. Have lunch or a drink in the many cafes along the Mekong River. A laid back and relaxing town.

~kelly

As far as we concerned the Old Town is the only place to stay. There are so many options for accommodation, restaurants/cafes/stalls are everywhere and there are dozens of Wats to see. Taxis and tuk tuks are plentiful but it's flat and easy to walk around. 

The nightly markets on the southern end of the main road are excellent - vendors are not pushy, but please bargain with respect.

~bob

Morning market was good for fresh fruit and vegetables, but expect to see strange things, like live frogs, snakes, etc...
Night market was very colorful!

~texs

Visited the Old Quarter of Luang Prabang with friends for a variety of reasons, but mainly is that is contains a lot of greats things to see and do. The old quarter is very picturesque, peacefully and is close to the river bank. Due to Luang Prabang being occupied by the Chinese and then the French it has an interesting mixed of building with different architectures and decoration most of which are well maintained. The old quarter is also the close to many shops, restaurants, markets, temples and other attractions. Walking around and exploring the charming old quarter is very relaxing and with various street vendors selling locally produced items and food there is no need to stop you exploration for refreshments. Also due to the reduced amount of traffic in Laos compared to other Asian countries it allows for you to explore relatively in peace. Depending on the weather I would advise to take: Sun Screen, Water, Camera, Hat or Umbrella.

~miller

Wow. A must do in Luang Prabang. The architecture and atmosphere is like we're back in the 1960s feeling. Awesome place for some photo shoot as well!

~vuhen

Luang Prabang was our favourite place in Laos and we are making plans to return. As yet unspoilt, the old town is popular with tourists. There are a number of old French properties as well as chinese traders shops. making it an interesting place to wander round. UNESCO investment to streets and alleyways makes getting around easy. Street traders occupy the lanes from early morning selling vegetables and fruits, in the evening the main street is closed for a night market selling souvenirs, scarves, bags etc made locally.

Don't miss the monks seeking alms from 6am.

~jackie

Peaceful and charming! Just 5 min from the river, lots of nice restaurants (more expensive, of course), but perfect for a walk

~gleiton

A great place to wander around. The buildings have been beautifully restored. There are plenty of bars and eating places in the area that may detract, but people need to earn to live.

~pooley

This place is like a movie set. After almost four weeks of traveling in northern Laos, I spent my last few days in Luang Prabang and could not have been more disappointed. In the Old Quarter tourists far outnumber Lao people. It seems that most of the Lao people who are there, are there for the sole purpose of serving the needs of the smart casual -wealthy- foreigners. (For an idea of how this works out read the related forum posts on: alms giving, money changers, and motorbike scams). This is more than a little bit sad because, by and large, the Lao people are some of the most friendly, honest, and respectful people I have ever met.

Yes, upon the first several hours Luang Prabang is incredibly beautiful...but it has very little to compare with the rest of Laos. In reality it's a completely separate place. 

~peter

We loved to wander Luang Prabang and this area is one that we stumbled on by chance. It is interesting and peaceful and should not be overlooked as you'll usually wind on on the busy main road. Include it on your checklist!

~anoy

The architecture is interesting as are the bars and restaurants. It is a great place to just hang out and watch the Mekong slide by.

~siba

A beautiful town with very little traffic.
Easy to get around. 
Luang Praban is relaxing, laid back and has a very serene feel about it.
The beautiful temples and the monks make it very special, and there are plenty of them.
Lots to see and if you like getting out, great place to go and walk to the surrounding villages and exploring. The villages surrounding Luang Prabang are still untouched and the people are gentle and invitinIng.
The architecture is a mix of traditional and colonial buildings.
Great restaurants with excellent food.
Great place to stay, and it should stay unspoilt as it is UNESCO protected!

~sharon

This town is an extremely beautiful laid back relaxing UNESCO site with very little traffic.

An easy walking city. 

We found Luang Prabang to have a lovely peaceful aura to it. Maybe it is all the temples and the monks. I read that meditation is having a revival in the monasteries in Laos and Luang Prabang is one of the centres of this. There are places to stay for almost every pocket book. Almost everywhere one looks there is something of beauty. Hardly any hustlers trying to sell you things. The town is surrounded by green hills and is situated on two rivers. A lovely setting. It has traditional Indochine colonial buildings, lovely foliage, beautiful traditional wooden houses hotels and guest houses, great Buddhist temples with chanting monks, monks walking the streets, excellent cafes and restaurants. Nice sunset dinners along the Mekong. 

We constantly kept saying to each other "Look at that, look at that." We have travelled a lot and put this right up there with some of the beautiful truly unique cities we have been to. We stayed five nights, and between just enjoying the ambience of this place and seeing places outside of the city we could easily have enjoyed two or three more nights. We do, however, like to take our time, especially in a place like this. There is also the night market, which is ok, not great, but does add to the atmosphere. There is also, in the evening, a side street near the night market with some good street food at very reasonable prices. A great street for back packers and people who like good quality street food. 

Lots to see and lots of places to hang out with a cup of coffee or a beer and quietly watch the world go by.

~arun

Maybe the most beautiful town in old Indochine. Very relaxing, peaceful atmosphere beneath two rivers. Everything lkies within walking distance. The nightmarket is worth visiting. I would have loved to stay longer!

~ben

We loved the very laid back atmosphere of Luang Prabang. The city is situated near two rivers, and this creates a very picturesque situation, with many cafes located on the riverfront. There are a large number of temples that are very lovely and interesting to view. The local market is very colorful, selling many unique fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, meats (including rat!) birds in cages (to make merit by releasing) and other staples. There are many shops selling lovely handcrafted textiles, purses, etc. as well as a night market, which adds to the appeal of the area. On the river are many interesting boats and on the riverbank several areas where locals were growing crops. The landscaping around the area was very lush. 

Touring this area makes for an interesting and enjoyable few hours.

~ronald

The old quarter is practically free of traffic, full of temples (around 35), and has many excellent restaurants and boutiques. What is most significant is the spiritual atmosphere created by the thousands of monks and their ceremony of alms giving. This is most impressive and reverent which I hope the tourist continues to respect.

~bush

A really lovely part of Luang Prabang and ideally situated with ease of access to most of the local importance. Every has its own charm and beauty

~gates

We absolutely loved this place, stayed for Six days could have stayed longer, much calmer and less hectic than many places in Asia. You can safely bike or walk around town. Will definately go back. Like Asia 30 years ago.

~steve

Beautiful little side streets to amble along, seeing slices of Laotian life, great night market, interesting daytime food market..what's not to like??! And the Wats are manageable sizes!!

~king

We stayed in a hostel for 4 nights and absolutely loved the place. A very relaxed vibe with a lot of French influence in the food, bakeries, cafes etc. It's very much set up for tourists but at least many of the beautiful historic buildings have saved - plenty of Buddhist temples and early 20th colonial villas (now mainly hotels). 

Night food market is fun and very cheap - grab some fish or meat and choose a big bowl of mixed veg to go with it for £1.50 and of course a bottle of Beerlao.

Night fabric market also well worth wandering around - clothes, fabric, jewellery, coffee, sellers not too pushy either.

We took two trips organised by our hostel (Kounsaven Guest House) - kind to the waterfalls which was beautiful but quite busy, and one to some mountain villages which was a fantastic trek and we saw maybe 5 other tourists the whole time.

Bowling alley random but fun and the only place to carry on drinking after midnight!

~ataturk

We travelled with Asian Horizons to Laos and Cambodia in November 2015. At every destination our own tour guide and driver awaited us and the service was excellent. The guides were knowledgeable and happy to amend the itinerary to suit our requirements. Luang Prabang was just lovely and we could have done with another few days there. The hotels generally were lovely boutique villas. The Villa Maly in Luang Prabang was absolutely delightful. The 2 night boat trip on the Mekong is not to be missed! As we did an add on to Cambodia we had a free day in Pakse which was the only disappointment of the trip. The Hotel in Pakse wasn't great (but probably the best there was to offer) and there is nothing of interest there so we had the day by the pool. However the water was pretty grubby so not good to swim in. It would have been better to stay at the River Resort in Champassak which looks much nicer. However, this really didn't detract from a fabulous trip. Laos is a beautiful country and it's a great place to visit now before it gets too touristy. Also loved Cambodia. Siem Reap (loads of temples) and Phnom Penh are both really interesting places to visit. Overall the trip was fantastic and Asian Horizons provided a great service. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

~missy

Really a stunningly beautiful area in Laos. But remember that this polished beauty is concentrated in this immediate area. Take the time to visit some villages nearby or a log the travel in other parts of Laos for context.

~silves

really peaceful with unique colonial architecture along the streets. For a greater view, Phousi Hill is good place to be. There's also temples, shops and night market around the town for you to explore. Overall its a great town to relax.

~zaini

Dotted with beautifully unique Wats and lovely night markets where you are free to wander and browse the stalls without being harassed or annoyed by the vendors. It is a very peaceful location with stunning colonial type buildings lining the streets which also afford great views of the river which runs close by not to mention strolling up to Phousi Hill at sunset for a truly beautiful sight over the entire city. 

A must when visiting Luang Prabang is observing the ancient culture of Alms giving where the monks come out from all the monasteries around the old town at sunrise and collect alms from the locals, this is a very humbling experience even thought is a bit marred by tourists with cameras right up in the monks faces.

Luang Prabang, the jewel of Laos.

~nial

Luang Prabang is one of my favourite destinations during our tour in Cambodia and Laos. It is a rather small town, easy to explore in few days. The old section is full of historic structures all of which deserve a visit. Beautiful temples, the national palace, shops, the night market (for tourists) and the day market for locals, very good and charming restaurants, great hotels, they all make Luang Prabang a "must go" destination.

~ele

Luang Prabang is a magical place that keeps drawing me back. Take some time to stroll around the old town. This place is not to be done in a rush:-)

~ste

Certainly a scary event to visit the old quarter of town on a tuktuk as buses cars scooters whizz past a mask may well be a bonus as most locals wear these against fumes. The architecture is French influence well worth a visit.

~alex

We were in 5 SE Asian countries on this trip and both of us agree Luang Prabang was our favorite destination!! It is compact, and can be fully explored in the 3 days we had in this city. Our hotel (Sada) was reasonably close by Tuktuk to the old quarter without having all the tourist traffic.

The old section is chock full of historic structures all of which deserve a look see. Beautiful temples, national palace, shophouses, markets, wonderful authentic Lao restaurants all make Luang Prabang a "GO TO" destination. Am so glad we included it in our itinerary.

~jaybee

Explore the old quarter on foot to soak up the atmosphere and architecture of this beautiful town. Remember to behave respectfully when entering religious sites by covering up bare arms and legs.

~juliah

The Old Quarter of Luang Prabang is filled with Photogenic French Colonial Architecture and Temples Everywhere You Look. Small Bakeries, Cafes, and Souvenier Shops are Plentiful. The Streets are Clean and Wide Sidewalks are Well-Maintained. A Great Place to Wander for Hours! 

~kat

The old town of Luang Prabang is beautiful with lovely shops selling genuine antiques as well as the usual tourist souvenirs. Old world architecture abounds and there are some nice restaurants aas well

~sie

The very heart of Luang Prabang. We had a nice walk every night and a lot of choices of place to eat. The architectures are very impressive that you would be tempted to walk non stop and check every small street to see more, just beautiful!

The only thing that stopped us was the rain.

~monus

Spotlessly clean and very interesting taking in the Old French Colonial architecture alongside the older Buddha Temples. Great for a walk and to fill the lungs with the Mekong air. Spotlessly clean which was very much impressive.

~cooku

The old quarters of Luang Prabang are really frozen in time eveni f many houses have been occupied by travel agents for backpackers and such. Nevertheless, the place is a wonderful and relaxed place to stroll around in.

~hanson

Create your own walking tour and enjoy this very interesting Unesco site. Go to the tiny Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre as part of your exploration, and you will appreciate the night market better.

~calgary

Someone told me "You don't do Luang Prabang, you be Luang Prabang". The best way to experience this wonderful town is to just explore every corner of the street.

Along the main street where the night market during the evenings, you'll pass by the Royal Palace, the main temples, coffee shops, souvenir shops, and eventually Wat Xieng Thong. You can turn in the streets to reach both ends of the peninsula. Every corner is scenic. Feel free to rest in the coffee shops when you are tired and start people watching.

Luang Prabang is seriously awesome.

~wei lie

The Old Quarter is larger than it initially appears, it's the whole peninsula between the Nam Khan and the Mekong, worth a few hours exploration for many hidden gems, not just along Sakkaline road. Wat Xieng Thong is the main attraction, but don't miss Wat Pat Khan. In the high season, take the bamboo bridge over then Nam Khan and walk up to the little temple at the top of the hill, lovely view.

~maurice

It was nice to wander onto the old and quiet grounds in the heart of LP. I nice place to stroll around, slowly, and take a chance to be alone with your thoughts. The area seems to invite contemplation and wonder. It's attraction is conducive to inward experiences. A nice place to stroll through in the morning and welcome the day. 

I found that the experience of being alone in this environment was almost a gift.

~robert

The old quarters are very beautiful. In the early morning it really feels special. There are so many beautiful temples and houses

~norco

you'll feel like you're the part of these places, very serene and no fake, flowers, trees are back ground of local scenery.

~buacmx

Well after a mad Sleeper bus ride at night (although it was the best sleeper bus I've been in) we arrived in Luang Prabang with the intention of staying a couple of days but we fell in love with the place, so relaxing, such nice people, no harassment, great restaurants, the old quarter is just amazing, been living in Thailand for a few years but would move here tomorrow.

~ed miliban

Wonderful downtown with amenities, terrific restaurants and authentic markets and temples. Not nearly as many tourists as some of the bigger Thai cities. A nice gateway to outdoor activities such as mountain biking, boating on the Mekong and exploring rural villages. Fascinating city and region.

~david

Words cannot do justice to this stunning, quiet, historic town on the river. It is very beautiful and hopefully as a UNESCO protected site the tourists won't destroy it. The list of things to do here is endless and diverse - something for everyone. Slightly expensive but for a 5 days trip its worth it. Too many things to list - grab a lonely planet or Top 10 TA list and read on. But you must GO!

~cameron

It ain't called a UNESCO World Heritage City for nothing! A quiet walk along the streets, especially near Wat Xieng Thong, between the houses, restaurants, temples, and two rivers bordering the city, is what you must NOT miss when in Luang Prabang. The weather is extremely helpful between November to February, when it is cooler. The streets are quiet, without cars, motors, or cyclists. Sometimes you hear bells chiming from temples, or school children playing traditional games along the streets.

~spacy

Old city of Luang Prabang, French colonial architecture, nice wooden houses, the night market is also there from 5 pm. A lot if temples to visit. Don't miss the Mekong river bank and the Nam Kham river.

~kevin

This is the main reason for visiting. Just walk around and enjoy the scene and the gorgeous religious Buddhist architecture (temples and dwellings for the monks) combined with some vernacular Lao houses and French colonial mansions and houses. Do the main steeet but also the side streets where one can see local life going on undisturbed.

~harold

A beautiful place to visit, situated between the Mekong and Khan Rivers, with several exceptional temples. Tasteful cafes and restaurants and a small but interesting night market offering excellent street food. Every morning, you can watch the monks receiving donations of food. Many of the cafes and bars are wonderfully lit and decorated, using natural materials. A very pretty town.

~rob

We started our holiday here, and this turned out to be an excellent place to relax and reset coming off a very busy autumn and winter. We very much enjoyed walking around, enjoying the sedate pace, eating, enjoying a cup of coffee and the view, and otherwise soaking up the quiet. We stayed within the Old Quarter area, so it was easy to stay in this frame of mind. 

If you are looking for lots of activity, it is available in the form of day trips/tours, but you can just as easily hang out and relax.

~obama

Beautifully placed between two rivers,small enchanting town with plenty of amazingly beautiful temples,delicious restaurants and coffeebars. Plenty to see and to do,wonderful walks .very well looked after.loved it

Stayed for a week and loved it.

~harry

We have been pleasantly surprised by Laos and the choice of offerings--food, sights and retail establishments. LP lives up to its UNESCO listing as a historic place of significance. 

~glenda

LP was love at first sight. The people are lovely. There is so much colonial charm, beautiful little allies, views of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, great restaurants and cafes, temples on every corner, monks studying or chanting, morning and night markets to buy food or souvenirs. It is touristic which some would find appealing and some might not. I think it has the perfect balance where there is something for everyone, it is comfortable yet it's small. I spent almost a week there and could easily make it two or three. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to travel.

~nyc

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