INTRODUCING LUANG PRABANG
Ringed with mountains and 700m above sea level, UNESCO World Heritage listed Luang Prabang is a luxury escape that excites all the senses. Perfumed Frangipanis, the richly coloured robes of monks, bustling markets filled with spices, the scent of coffee – all greet you when you head out from your boutique hotel.
A myriad of vibrant colours, dazzling temples and exotic spices.
Things to do
Amazing riches are on your doorstep in Luang Prabang. Inside Wat Xieng Thong – a famed monastery and a 16th-century design masterpiece – you’ll see dazzling gold stencil work and dharma wheels on the ceiling. Phu Si is a stunning natural landmark. This sheer 100-metre hill is topped with a 24-metre gilded stupa – the perfect place for sunset worshippers.
FOOD AND DRINK
There are plenty of fine dining choices, both in the luxury hotels and elsewhere in Luang Prabang. Regional dishes from Laos and across South East Asia provide new treats for the taste buds – try fried Mekong riverweed, Lam (a hearty Lao stew), sausage with sticky rice and noodle soups laden with fish sauce.
Authentic crafts and civilized evening markets await the discerning browser in Luang Prabang. This is the perfect place to pick up fascinating antiques, local handicrafts or fresh tea and spices at a leisurely pace.
If you plan a trek, visit the excellent TAEC museum to learn about Laos’ hill-tribe cultures.
Top tip from SLH