Luang Prabang, Laos. Literallt meaning “Royal Buddha Image”. A city in the north Central Laos with 58 villages. 33 of the villages are UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
It was listed in 1995 for unique and “remarkably” well preserved architectural, religious and cultural heritage.A blend of the rural and urban developments over several centuries.
Luang Prabang is most famous for its numerous temples and monasteries.
Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms.
One of the city’s major landmarks is Mount Phou Si; a large steep hill which is 150 meters high.
A steep staircase leads to Wat Chom Si shrine and an overlook of the city and the rivers.
The city is part of Luang Prabang District of Luang Prabang Province. It is the capital and administrative centre of the province.
It lies approximately 300 km (190 mi) north of the capital Vientiane.
Its population is approximately 56,000 inhabitants.
10 Things to Do and Not to Do in Luang Prabang
- Don’t touch a monk. This is even a taboo for women! As a woman,you should not pass anything directly to a monk but instead hand it to a male intermediary.
- Do not trek with a guide since you risk stepping on cluster bombs. Instead, try to stay on path of go with a guide.
- Avoid arguing with police and instead, when they are asking for bribe, it’s advisable to give them. It’s against the law but they will let you go. Do not accompany them to the police station.
- Do not step on someone who is seating. They take it as rudeness. Always be careful of where you are stepping to avoid such cases.
- Do not wear your shoes inside a house or temple. Instead, leave them outside and when you are not sure of what to do, just follow what others are doing.
- Do not be in a rush at the shops. Services are generally slower. Instead, practice patience and don’t expect anyone to rush because you are in a hurry.
- Don’t get romantic publicly. Public hugging and kissing is not common. You must avoid it and do it privately.
- Don’t but antiques or wild products because it is illegal as it depletes cultural heritage. Instead, you can purchase wood carvings from craftsmen and leave with them.
- Avoid using illegal drugs such as opium. Only alcohol is available in plenty for you.
- Do not swim naked or in bikini but instead swim fully dressed!
7 Most Interesting Facts About Luang Prabang
- You will get the cheapest alcohol in the world in Luang Prabang and Laos. A liter costs below a dollar.
- Luang Prabang and Laos remains the most bombed place on earth. During the Vietnam war, USA dropped more than 2 million tonnes of bomb here. 30% of them did not explode and are still dangerous up tp today.
- Every morning at sunrise, monks collect their daily meal from people.
- The landlocked country of laos has 4000 islands.
- It takes about 300 steps to reach the top of Mount Phousi, but the climb is gentle enough for anyone with good health.
- Pak Ou Caves are packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons believed to have been left in the caves by local people for thousands of years.
- The Royal Palace Museum of Luang Prabang once served as the residence of King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French colonial era.