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Map of Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang has both natural and historical sites. Among the natural tourism sites are the Kuang Si Falls and Pak Ou Caves. Tourists may also ride elephants. At the end of the main street of Luang Prabang is a night market where stalls sell (...)
Vibes in Luang Prabang
We see the pictures, we would like to have the smells, but we often forget the sounds. Working TAEC (Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre), Marie-Pierre Lissoir offers an approach by ear. The approach is quite unusual. Close your eyes, and let (...)
Weather in Luang Prabang
Thank you to Accuweather for its local free weather service information center; so we can so propose a 5 days projection of the weather in Luang Prabang. Many options available directly on the Accuweather website, do not hesitate to click on the (...)
Phra Bang
The Phra Bang (also written Phrabang, and which literally means "delicate Buddha") is the mystical national emblem of this country. It is a statue 83cm high, covered in gold leaf. According to the legend, this statue was made in Sri Lanka (...)
Local influence
Sorry for the inconvenience, needs to be translated from French to English. Coming soon... Architecture vernaculaire : utilisation fonctionnelle de l'espace Le plan de la maison traditionnelle obéit à des règles strictes de structuration de (...)
Religious architecture
The styles of these Laotian Sanctuaries are determined by their positions in the community and the layout of the roofs : the vihans (sanctuaries) with circular naves, nearly all situated in the area of Luang Prabang, are in the style of this (...)
Vocabulary of civilian architecture
Sorry for the inconvenience, this article is not yet translated. Will come soon... Hong Ce mot définit précisément en construction une travée, distance entre deux poteaux, mot utilisé en général pour les façades longitudinales. Il sert d'unité de mesure (...)
Pimay - The Lao New Year
The 5th Lunar month of the Buddhist calendar is in April, when there are the New Year festivities, during which, there is the water festival. This lasts 3 days, the last day of the year, the neutral day, and the first day of the next year. (...)
Generalities
Luang Prabang is definitely the gastronomic capital of Laos. Historically, the town has always been rich in the arts, especially table arts. The best cooks were hired by the King. This created a legacy that has endured. All visitors that stop at (...)
Ô-Lam
Ô-Lam is certainly one of the most often prepared and the most traditional dishes of Luang Prabang, probably along with Tièo Bong and the Papaya Salad. It is recommended to prepare it a long time in advance and to let it rest before eating it. (...)
Foreign influence
Most of the administration buildings were built between 1910 and 1925. Their particular appearance is due to a Metropolitan style, which has been adapted to the climate, especially roofs, verandas, ventilation systems …. Besides this architecture (...)
Iconography and Statues
Images of Buddha Very often, art historians have classified statues of the Laotian Buddha according to artistic styles determined in Thailand. Neighbouring Khmer and Thai arts have had a certain influence on Laotian sculpture, but Lao artists (...)
Vocabulary for religious architecture
The wat, where the religious community lives, obeys a specific organization linked to religious rituals. The wats group together the oldest buildings in the town, whether they be buildings to do with the Buddhist cult (that, library, chapel …) or (...)
Green papaya salad
This is THE Lao-Thai dish. Those with a tough palate, will really enjoy it : the dose of pimento which is normally used, is in the region of 20 pimentos per person. For security reasons, we have divided the doses by 20 so as not to assault our (...)
Elephant procession
This parade took place on the morning of the 2nd of March 2008, but there is a procession like this one every year on the occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of Luang Prabang's inscription on the World heritage list. Some domestic (...)
Tchéo Bong
Tchéo Bong is one of the most used "creamy sauces" in Luang Prabang. A typical speciality of the province, you will hardly ever find any, apart from in the old royal town. The Laos coming from other provinces, often take advantage of a stay in (...)
Coffee (organic & fair trade)
While all the Lao coffee is produced in the south (in Bolaven Plateau), Saffron developed a local production in northern Laos, specially in the Luang Prabang province The story of Saffron Coffee begins with a group of tribes living high in the (...)
Traditional Lao marriage
Lao marriages take place over a period of 2 days. The evening before the ceremony, the bonzes come to bless the future house of the married couple. Later there will be a communal “stag and doe” party for the future spouses. Family and friends will (...)
Laotian Sausage
Laotian Sausage (shown here in pork, but it also exists in spicy beef) is one of the most eaten specialities in Luang Prabang. Marriages, religious ceremonies, and other festivities normaly have a meal and include this sort of sausage, which is (...)
Before the creation of Laos
Legend has it that during a trip, King Chanthaphanith saw a hill, whose form reminded him of a huge grain of rice. Beside this hill, there was a magnificent Royal Poinciana (otherwise known as a Flamboyant) covered with bright red flowers, so he (...)
Cremation
Death. Even though it is painful, it is also looked on as a deliverance by Buddhist religion; which leads to reincarnation or Nirvana (the end of the reincarnation cycle.) For several days, the coffin stays in the middle of the main room of the (...)
Fa Ngum and the creation of Laos
It was during the 14th century, that the prince, Fa Ngum, who came from Xieng Dong-Xieng Thong, tried to unify Laos. Fa Ngum, The Conqueror The last born of a family of 4 children, he was banished by his father when he was very young because of (...)
The village celebration
Each year in June, on different dates for each "village" (we could even say each district of Luang Prabang), village celebrations gather together all the inhabitants. The tradition calls for the bonzes to hold a white thread all around the (...)
Mok Pa For
Speciality of Luang Prabang that is particularly appreciated by tourists being as its not spicy and only uses fish, vegetables and herbs. There are 2 forms of presentation : either individual (as shown on the left) or in larger ‘packets’ (then, (...)
Fa Ngum, the legend
Fa Ngum is considered by Laotians as being the founder of Laos and the first person to recognise the word of Buddha for the whole country, (the equivalent of our William the Conqueror) as well as the person who gave the country its historical (...)
Vientiane, capital of the realm
The Capital Vientiane It was in 1520 that Photithisarat decided to transfer the political and administrative centres of the realm to Wieng Chan (Vientiane), because he was worried about the possibility of an invasion from Burma. 25 years later, (...)
From a protectorate till today
The era of French Protectorate During this period, the French reconstructed Vientiane, supplying facilities, roads and universities. They also enlarged the realm of Louang Prabang by integrating the Provinces of the North and the ancient state (...)
Pirogue racings finals
The day before the end of the Buddhist lent begins the 2-day final boat races of the province. First day, in Ban Xieng Mene (crossing the Mekong River in Luang Prabang with the ferry), female final. Second day (Ock Phansa day), in Ban Xieng (...)
30 years of Communism in Laos
In 2005, Laos celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the destitution of the King, the 17th of August 1975, and the arrival of the communist government on the 2nd of December, their National Day. For these two reasons, celebrations were prepared, (...)
Muang Ngoy and the area
Approximately 90 miles North of Luang Prabang, the village of Mouang Ngoi is one of the most beautiful areas in Laos. Hidden on a plain beside the river Nam Ou, which is one of the rivers which have the most fish, there are approximately 1000 (...)
Local gastronomy
Luang Prabang is definitely the gastronomic capital of Laos. Historically, the town has always been rich in the arts, especially table arts. The best cooks were hired by the King. This created a legacy that has endured. All visitors that stop at (...)
History of Luang Prabang
The Phra Bang (also written Phrabang, and which literally means "delicate Buddha") is the mystical national emblem of this country. It is a statue 83cm high, covered in gold leaf. According to the legend, this statue was made in Sri Lanka (...)
Photo galleries
The 5th Lunar month of the Buddhist calendar is in April, when there are the New Year festivities, during which, there is the water festival. This lasts 3 days, the last day of the year, the neutral day, and the first day of the next year. (...)