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Luang Prabang Province < < Back

Location: In the center of northern Laos.

Natural Protected Areas: Nam Et & Phou Louei National Protected Areas.

Main Ethnic Groups: Hmong, Khmu, Tai Lue, and Lao.

Ecotourism Attractions: Luang Prabang’s main attraction is the Luang Prabang UNESCO World Heritage Town, which is known for its Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture. Visiting the temples and historic sites helps support their protection and maintenance. The night market in Luang Prabang has a display of locally produced handicrafts unmatched in the region; purchasing the crafts supports local artisans and traditional production techniques. Travelers can also visit many of the villages that produce handicrafts to see how they are made and to buy them directly from the producers.

For those planning to visit an ethnic village in Luang Prabang, start or end your trip at the Traditional Art's and Ethnology Center

Luang Prabang has also become a popular base for community-based ecotourism.

There are some good treks in Chomphet district located close to Luang Prabang Town. Kwangsi Waterfall, typically visited by car, now has an alternative walking route that follows a foot path through forests, fields and ethnic villages. Ngoi Kao Village is a new, relaxing destination reached by a trek operated by the villagers themselves. They offer bungalow accommodation on a peaceful, remote stretch of the Nam Ou River. From Ngoi Kao you can also take overnight excursions through mountainous terrain to nearby ethnic communities. For those looking for a scenic alternative to bus travel, boats can be taken downriver from Muang Ngoi to Luang Prabang.

There are many other areas of Luang Prabang Province that have yet to be traveled by
tourists, including the Nam Et/Phou Louei National Protected Area and the province’s
northeastern region near the border with Vietnam, a remote rural area with many
traditional Hmong communities.

Trekking in Luang Prabang

River tours in Luang Prabang

Maps of Luang Prabang

Ecotourism accommodation in Luang Prabang


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