Wondering what you can explore in Laos, what to do in Luang Prabang and things to do in Luang Prabang, here’s what other travellers are saying about Laos attractions.
Pak Ou Caves
Only located about 25 km from Luang Prabang you'll find the Pak Ou Cave at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The Pak Ou Cave is home for thousands of fascinating small and big Buddha statues that's mostly donated by the local people. The cave entrance is visible from the Mekong river, and can easily be access by boat, which take about two hours. You can also reach the caves in an hour by tuk tuk, though you'll still have to a board a boat from the nearest village to the cave entrance. There are two caves, the upper (Tham Theung) and lower (Tham Ting) with the latter being the main attraction. The statues take many different positions, including meditation, teaching and reclining.
This three tier waterfall, also known as, Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, is located 29 km south of Luang Prabang, and is one of the major local attractions. The view of the falls are absolutely amazing. When you come to the entry you'll walk through a forest area before you come to the falls. At the bottom of the falls there are a lot of blue pools of water and small cascades, which is 3-5 meters high. You can swim in almost every pool, and this is very popular for tourists and locals during the hot season. When you have swum around the pools for a while and start getting hungry, you can enjoy your lunch at one of the many picnic benches in the park.
Elephant Village Sanctuary
The Elephant Village Sanctuary is placed close to the the Xieng Lom village only 15 km southeast of Luang Prabang at the banks of the Nam Khan River. For a long time ago Laos was known as 'land of millions of elephants', but unfortunately this isn't the truth anymore, and right now there is only around 1000 elephants left in Laos. Due to private initiative this park was established, and today the Elephant Village provides a safe place and new home for the rescued elephants. The purpose is to give the elephants a brighter future. For the visitors, the Elephant Village gives the opportunity to meet the elephants, observe them and spend some time with them.
Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong is a Buddhist temple, also known as the 'monastery of the golden city'. The temple was built in 1559 by the Lao King Setthathirath. Until 1975 the temple was a royal temple for the royal family. It was here the Lao kings were crowned. This temple is the most historically and famous of Luang Prabang’s many temples. The temple presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful glass montage on the rear temple wall. All this make this temple to a must see attraction when you visit Luang Prabang. Visitors who would like to enter the temple must be aware that shoulders and legs have to be covered. Visitors may hire a traditional sarong to cover up if they need to.
Royal Palace Museum
The Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang is one of the famous local attractions in the town. The Royal Palace is also known as 'Haw Kham' or 'Golden Hall', was once Laos’ Royal Palace. It was built in 1904 for King Sisavangvong and his family during the French colonial era, and is a mix of Lao traditional and French style. In 1975, the monarchy was taken over by the communists, and the royal family was sent to re-education camps. The Royal Palace was converted to a museum that was opened to the public in 1995. The ground contains a number of other buildings like a new exhibition hall, the Haw Prabang chapel and a statue of King Sisavangvong. Furthermore you'll see the Royal stables, a shelter where the Royal barges are stored, the former Royal theater and a garage with the old cars used by the Royals, mostly American cars from 1950-1970.
If you would like to learn more about the Laos culture and history this is definitely a good place to visit. Be aware that visitors must dress respectfully which means remove your shoes, no bare shoulders, short pants or short shirts. At the entrance you can hire a traditional Lao skirt to cover.