LAOS Vang Vien Huts On The River Logo Laos (1)
Back to Listing

Luang Prabang

This enchanting former royal capital lies within a particularly scenic spot: a verdant valley shaped by lush, green mountains on a bend between the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers.

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, spiritual Luang Prabang exudes peace and tranquillity. The historic old town feels like a village and its pretty streets lined with colonial houses, delightful boutiques and restaurants are a pleasure to stroll or cycle around.

From watching long lines of saffron robed monks emerging from the morning mist to collect their alms, exploring the abundant temples to relaxing with a cup of strong Lao coffee outside one of the many colonial houses; Luang Prabang cannot fail but charm even the most world weary traveller.

Luckily, this laid-back town retains its charming atmosphere to this day, thanks to remaining relatively untouched by Western influence and the tourist hoards that flock to neighbouring Thailand. During a stay here, make sure to visit the vibrant food markets to mix with friendly locals and try their Gallic and Lao delicacies.

We also highly recommend you visit the impressive Wat Xieng Thong temple and the 18th century monastery Wat Mai, as well as Wat Chomsi temple for striking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. If you are after more natural wonders, take a walk through the jungle-covered terrain with the help of our guides to be met by the magnificent azure-blue Kuang Si falls. Heralded as one of the most enchanting of its kind in all of Asia with its remarkable three-tiered cascade that drops 60 metres, this is a destination in itself but it also doubles as a layered turquoise natural swimming pool in which to take a refreshing dip. Wildlife lovers will appreciate the elephant sanctuary nearby, too.

Another adventurous activity not to be missed here is a scenic boat ride up the Mekong river to the Pak Ou Caves: a sacred spot, with an estimated 4,000 Buddha statues hidden away in atmospheric limestone crevices.

A celebratory mood fills the air of sleepy Luang Prabang during a number of local festivals throughout the year: visit during ‘Laos New Year’ in April, or for the renowned ‘Festival of Lights’ in October to join in the merriment in all their glory.

LAOS Luang Prabang Golden Temple LAOS Luang Prabang Golden Temple
LAOS Luang Prabang Monks LAOS Luang Prabang Monks
LAOS Luang Prabang River LAOS Luang Prabang River
Luang Prabang Laos 1 Luang Prabang Laos 1
LAOS Luang Prabang Market Chilis LAOS Luang Prabang Market Chilis
LAOS Luang Prabang Bridseye View LAOS Luang Prabang Bridseye View

Key

19.8841,102.141602,5
Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, 'I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.
Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

From our Instagram

From mid May to mid October, The Ultimate Travelling Camp’s wonderful #ChambaCamp in #Thiksey (#Ladakh) will be open! 🏞
.
Our specialists stayed at this one-of-a-kind luxury tented camp last year and adored it - we guarantee that you will too 🏕
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
‘Led by Buddhist monks, a butter lamp ceremony offers a guiding light to finding peace and harmony’ @sixsensesbhutan 🕯🕯🕯
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Spot mighty lions in #SouthAfrica’s game reserves with the help of our expert guides 🐾 🇿🇦
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience #KrugerNationalPark #SabiSands #Madikwe
.
(📸 @chris_fischer_photography)
Sunsets at the @gallefacehotel are the best welcome to #Colombo, especially when watching their flag ceremony from the iconic checkerboard terrace with a G&T in hand 🌅
.
We also love the wonderful @maniumpathy_boutique_hotel, which is truly an oasis of tranquility within this city 🌿
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
In #Japan, the lesser-known plum tree (‘ume’ #梅) blossoms in February - March 🌺
.
Visit at this time to admire these special flowers and beat the crowds that swarm the country during cherry blossom peak season 🌸
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
All smiles in #Vietnam 🇻🇳
.
Courtesy of the brilliant portrait photographer @rehahn_photography
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Happy #Holi to all of you! 🇮🇳✨
.
‘Traditionally to welcome the coming of spring, this joyful festival is filled with colour, music, dancing and great energy’ @the_ampersander
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Perched up high in the Himalayan Kingdom, the new #SixSenses lodges sit in prime positions in #Bhutan
.
Our favourites are the sleek properties in #Paro and #Thimphu, for these offer phenomenal sweeping views over the pristine valleys below to the mountains beyond, which sit perfectly at eye-level
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
There are more colours to the #PinkCity than you may think... 🌸
.
Walk the streets of #Jaipur, past the iconic #HawaMahal (Palace of the Winds), #CityPalace & #AmerFort passing a vivid spectrum of colours as you go 🌻🌹🌿
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience

Let us keep you up to date

Sign up to our newsletter and never miss out on unmissable exclusive luxury experiences