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Novice Monks, Luang Phrabang, Laos

Luang Prabang

Unesco Heritage listed and former royal capital, the delightful and vibrant town of Luang Prabang sits in a quiet valley on the edge of the Mekong River and is the highlight of most holidays to Laos.

Colour infuses throughout Luang Prabang, from the brightly coloured frangipanis which add a heady perfume, to the burnt orange robes of monks and the resplendent gold and claret shades of the temples or Wats as they are locally known.

The visual mixture of deteriorating French provincial architecture, glistening temple roofs, and multi-ethnic inhabitants captivates even the most seasoned traveller, and the quiet compassion of the city’s residents lulls them into peaceful bliss.

Sleeping Budda, Wat Phou Si Hill, Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos

A little more about Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is also a key link between Thailand and China as its highway provides a relay point for trade between the three countries. It is also in close proximity to the caves at Pak Ou which can be reached by boat; there are literally thousands of Buddha statues which have been placed by the locals over the centuries. In addition, the drive between Luang Prabang and Vientiane via the town of Vang Vieng is spectacular, passing towering shrub-covered limestone cliffs.

Experiences

Luang Prabang Experience

Sip coffee overlooking the Mekong before visiting this UNESCO listed town with its provincial French architecture, temples the vibrant night market.

Temples of Luang Prabang

Sit quietly in temple grounds after watching monks collect their alms.

Local Cuisine

Sample wonderful, local food, or learn to make some traditional Laotian dishes yourself.

Waterfall Dip

Escape from the city for a day and trek on foot or by horseback to Tad Sae waterfalls for a refreshing dip.

Places to stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
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