Luang Prabang in Laos has one of the highest concentrations of Buddhist temples among the Southeast Asian countries. Temples, monasteries, stupas and pagodas are scattered throughout the countryside and towns alike. Temples is the best part of Luang Prabang and there are apparently more than 30 of this in here. Although the town has both historical and natural sites, numerous ancient temples are the real attraction of this culturally rich city.
Due to the fact that most of the temples here are well preserved, Luang Prabang was recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Every now and then, they conduct major restoration in each wat so that heritage enthusiasts can appreciate its beauty.
Just like most of the southeast asian countries, Luang Prabang in Laos has a lot to offer aside from its numerous temples. Travelers can also visit the Elephant village, Phousi mountain and Kuang Si waterfalls to name a few. The best way to enjoy and maximize your travel experience in this wonderful town or in any other tourist spots around the world is by staying for a longer period of time. This will not just let the travelers experience more of a certain place but also pave a way to get to know more how rich one culture is. In terms of accommodations, dormitories are popular to budget and solo travelers which can save money. But for those who want some space and privacy, affordable vacation rentals by owner are becoming popular especially to those travelling with their kids. Both are relatively cheaper than staying in a hotel.
Stupa at Wat Wisunalat
The reasons are very obvious why Luang Prabang is the Jewel in Laos. Even though is becoming a tourist trail, it somehow managed to preserve its natural charm. Most of the city's sights can be reached on foot, visiting each of the temples is a good way to soak up the surroundings and observe the way of the large monk community, and the Lao people. The gentle nature of the locals and the wonder of the ancient temples leave a lasting impression.
On my next post, I'll be featuring different temples or wats found in Luang Prabang.