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Siteseeing & tours

National Museum.

The National Museum, constructed in 1904, is laid out in a cruciform shape and accessed from a side entrance. Various royal religions objects are displayed in the large entrance hall. Many gift from foreign envoys (including a rock brought back from the moon!) and religious and culture artifacts are on display including the Phabang (Buddha image) the gold standing 14th century Buddha image from which Luang Prabang derives its name. The museum is open from 08:00 am to 11:30 am and 01:30 pm to 04:00 pm every day, except Tuesday it is close for cleaning.

Wat Xieng Thong.

Built during the 16th Century by King Saysetthathirath and completed in 1560. Wat Xieng Thong temple is one of the most interesting examples of art and Buddhist architecture. The ornate carved and gilded funeral vehicle of the former king is kept in one of the buildings in the temple grounds. It is well worth visiting and paying your respects to this temple while in Luang Prabang. This temple was used to organize the highest Royal Ceremonies and houses the bones of King Sisavangvong. The intricate golden facades, colorful murals.

Phou Si Mountain.

Incredible Mountain it’s located in centre of town visitors will need to climb 328 zigzag stairs up to the top of the Mountain from there you will see a perfect 360 panoramic view of the whole city. Mount Phousi is Luang Prabang Holy Mountain, and at its very top sites the 20 m high Wat Chomsi stupa. open from 08:00 am - 05:00 pm every day Entrance fee: 20,000 kip

Vat Visounnarath.

The most ancient temple of Luang Prabang. It was originally erected in 1515 and was rebuilt in 1898. For some time it housed the Phabang Buddhas until the onset of invasions which included the pirate “black flag” invasion. Its windows, with the wooden railings, are inspired from the Wat Phou temple. Inside you can admire ancient statues and steles. Within the walls you will see that Pathoume or That Mak Mo (know as watermelon stupa because of its similarities to the fruit) which is a stone stupa built by king Visionarath’s wife. Next door, separately by a very city’s most important genies.

Kuang Si Waterfall.

Situated 25 kms south of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfall makes for an excellent daytrip. Accessible by Tuk –Tuk, minivan, Motorcycle or bicycle. The 650 feet high waterfall is at its most picturesque during the wet season however it can be visited year-round. Children are not recommended to climb to the top of the waterfall, but they can swim in the various pools at the bottom. Walkways and there are many small restaurant available to service you and the Kuang si waterfall area is good for a picnic. On the road out to Kuang Si Waterfall, there are a number of villages housing traditional hydro-rice mills.

Sae Waterfall.

Often over shadowed by the more popular Kuang Si Waterfall, the Tad Se Falls Make for a quieter alternative. Located 15 kms southeast of Luang Prabang, the falls can easily be reached by taxi. The picturesque journey allows visitors to admire the countryside, while the falls themselves are small but impressive. It is not unusual for visitors to have the falls to themselves. Swimming is possible in some of the tiered pools and at the base of the falls. The best time to visit is from June to October and other month you also can do some activities such: picnic, elephant riding , trekking and etc, for more detail of the trip, you can go to local tour company/agencies.

Tam Ting Cave.

The caves are located 25 km upriver from Luang Prabang right on the river bank at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. These caves are a well known Buddhist site and a place of pilgrimage with 5,000 of statues and statuettes mainly of the Buddha in the traditional Luang Prabang style. To get to the cave, take a low boat 1.5 hours upriver or a car/tuk-tuk for about one hour.

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