Besides the fact that it is the cultural capital of Laos, Luang Prabang gives visitors the chance to experience Asian-style elegance. Dazzling with a magnificent historical heritage and natural sites in the exceptional surrounding areas, the town of the "Golden Buddha" commands respect with its wealth of monuments.
This Asian jewel has almost 8,000 years of existence behind it. An exceptional cultural prestige as can be admired in the center, as you swoon in front of the soft curves of the golden temple roofs. The finery and sumptuous decor that you discover upon entering these places bathed in mysticism is sure to delight, particularly at Wat Xieng Thong, the country's emblematic sanctuary.
But it's by taking the road to the royal palace of Luang Prabang that you'll understand the true source of Laotian fervor. This means standing in front of the resplendent Haw Pha Bang, passing under its seductive and sophisticated arches and feeling the euphoria from the Phra Bang, the statue of "delicate Buddha", the symbol of Laos.
It's a safe bet that all this passion and devoted enthusiasm will give you an appetite. You'll have no trouble finding a street vendor where you can buy yourself one of Laos's specialties: the kalapao, a stuffed brioche, which can be sweet or savory. A tasty treat to enjoy as you watch the silent procession of monks who walk along the city's main street: Sisavang Vong. Heading out to Mount Phousi, you'll discover a nocturnal tranquility as you walk up the 330 steps to the top. Once you get there, the majestic rays of the languid sunset over Luang Prabang will be captured forever in the eyes of its visitors.