Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang
The Royal Palace Museum of Luang Prabang once served as the residence of King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French colonial era. Designed in the French Beaux-Arts style with many tasteful accents of traditional Lao culture, the palace was converted into a museum in 1995.
The grounds have a number of other buildings, including an exhibition hall, a chapel (Haw Prabang), and a statue of King Sisavangvong. The royal quarters have been faithfully preserved and offer a fascinating glimpse into the lifestyle of the king and his family.
The museum exhibits royal religious objects, weapons, statues, screens and paintings from centuries past. In the mirrored Throne Hall, you can see the crown jewels of Laos. Make sure you visit the room that features murals depicting Lao life in the 1930s.
Sakkaline Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Wat Xieng Thong (Xieng Thong Pagoda) is one of the most beautiful and important pagodas in Luang Prabang city with Laotian specific style of architecture. The pagoda was built in 1560, which was under the instruction of King Setthathirath (1534 – 1571) who was one of the best leaders in Laotian history.
Kingkitsarath Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Phousi Stupa (360'c of Luangpra bang city view)
Rising 150 metres above the centre of town, Mount Phousi cuts a distinctive figure on the Luang Prabang skyline. The hill is popular as a place to watch the sun rise or set over the Mekong River. From the summit you can enjoy a spectacular 360-degree outlook across the city and its many temples, and out over the surrounding landscape to the mountains in the distance. Count on spending a couple of hours for the climb and descent, with several stops to see the temples, rest under the shady trees and admire the magical views.
Xangkhong Village (Hand craft village)
I love to hunt out arts and crafts on my travels, and even better, actually give making something a go. There’s already plenty to do in Luang Prabang in Lao including basket weaving, pottery and embroidery (onto Hmong slippers) but of course for me the papercrafts were the first thing I went in search of.
Close to Luang Prabang is the village of Ban Xang Khong. Here they specialise in manufacturing and selling products made from silk and Saa Paper (paper made from the bark of the Mulberry Tree).