Luang Prabang’s must-see sites – places you have to visit when in Laos’ cultural and historical capital, the former cradle of Lao kings.
Laos is no longer the undiscovered country that it once was. Sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, the Southeast Asian nation has benefited from tremendous growth in the region’s tourism sector. Visitors come here to experience a more relaxed pace of life – whether it be in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luangprabang, the laidback…Read More »
Source: A Guide to Louangphrabang, Laos
EVERY YEAR, thousands of Buddhist devotees travel to some of the most stunning sacred sites to meditate and pray in conjunction with Wesak (or Vesak).
Thousands of others, albeit non-religious, flock to the same destinations to marvel at the beauty of the place of worship. And they are truly sights to behold.
For the uninitiated, Wesak is a festival that commemorates the birth, enlightenment (Buddhahood), and death of Gautama Buddha. For Buddhists, it is the holiest day of the year.
It is traditionally observed by Buddhists and some Hindus in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia and the Philippines.
In China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam, it is simply known as “Buddha’s Birthday”.
Sometimes, different countries celebrate Wesak on different dates.
For example, this year, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia will observe it on May 29, while South Korea has celebrated it on May 3.
Whether you’re a devout Buddhist or a curious traveler, here are some of the most majestic spiritual places in Asia.
Read more from source: Celebrate the life of Buddha at these stunning temples in Asia – Travel Wire Asia
Imagine jumping into a waterfall, scuba diving in pristine waters, admiring ancient temples and biting into mouthwatering street food. Then consider this; you can do all of these things in just two weeks in Southeast Asia. If you don’t mind not spending too much time in any one spot, you can visit 15 truly diverse destinations and get a real taste of the region. Here’s how.
Bangkok and Ayutthaya
Start your fortnight off in Bangkok, booking your flight to land as early in the morning as possible. Drop your bags at your accommodation and head straight out to the see Thailand’s capital city, beginning with a visit to the country’s most sacred landmark, the Grand Palace. From there, head to the street food market at Tha Chang Pier for brunch before taking a Khlong riverboat tour to take in the city from the water. Then, depending on how much energy you have left, check out Wat Arun (also known as The Temple of Dawn) or Chinatown.
Read more from source: This Map Shows You How to Hit 15 Unforgettable Places in Southeast Asia in Just Two Weeks
The Luang Prabang morning is a wonderful place to find interesting and authentic food, mountains of fresh locally grown vegetables, and an abundance of snacks for breakfast.
In this article I am going to give you the details on what to do and what to eat at the morning market in Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang might be a World Heritage City, but I would vote for it as a UNESCO Food Heritage City as well. There are just so many interesting and new foods to try, and you’ll find so many of them at the morning market.
Wonderful breakfast snacks, relaxed and friendly vendors, and miniature mountains of jungle vegetables overflow fresh produce tables.
Another great thing about the morning market is that it’s located right in the heart of old Luang Prabang, on the lanes surrounding Wat Mai, just off Sisavangvong Road. Many of the hotels and guest houses in Luang Prabang are in this area, so likely the market will be walking distance from where you stay (I really liked staying at Apple Guesthouse).
Read more from source: Your Guide to the Amazing Morning Market in Luang Prabang, Laos
In this best things to do in Luang Prabang post, you’re about to get first-hand tips on some of the top attractions and especially local food to eat, in one full action packed do-it-yourself-day-tour of the city.
Luang Prabang is an UNESCO World Heritage City, packed with culture, natural beauty, and delicious food, not to mention an atmosphere that will overwhelm you with relaxation.
Get ready for the ultimate one-day tour of Luang Prabang!
1. 6 AM – Catch the Sunrise at Phou Si Mountain
Make sure you get a good night sleep (we had a fantastic stay at the budget Apple Guest House, or a great higher end option is Burasari Heritage Luang Prabang), and you’ll need to wake up early to make the most of your day.
The view of the Luang Prabang sunrise is completely unobstructed when you reach the top of Phou Si Mountain. The climb is all steps, short but steep, with a few switchbacks. This climb will take anywhere from 10-15 minutes, and there’s a small entry fee of 10,000 kip when you reach the temple.
Read more from source: Top 10 Things to Do In Luang Prabang [Your Perfect One Day Itinerary]
Representatives from ASEAN member countries are taking part in ASEAN Tourism Committee Meetings in Luang Prabang province to review tourism activities and finalize plans for tourism development and promotion.
Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Ounethouang Khaophanh, took part in the opening ceremony of the meetings, which would run from April 2-7.
Opening the meeting, he said “It is my greatest honor and pleasure to extend my warmest welcome to all delegations of ASEAN member states for attending these significant meetings and the Regional Workshop on ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals Work Plan 2018-2022, here in the charming UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang.”
“As you have learnt, tourism is one of the most significant and priority sectors. It contributes to economic development, and generates a huge amount of income and jobs in the ASEAN region and worldwide.”
To ensure tourism in the ASEAN region develops consistently, ASEAM Tourism Committee Meetings and related meetings have been held several times in ASEAN countries, under the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, he added.
Read more from source: ASEAN tourism meet gets under way to drive industry forward
Intrepid traveler Jean-Francois Perigois makes his way to the ancient town of Luang Prabang, which is associated with many legends. One story has it that Buddha must have smiled when he rested there on his travels.
The ancient town of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995. Encircled by mountains, it is about 700 metres above sea-level and was built where the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers meet.
Luang Prabang was the ancient royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom until King Phothisarat moved the administrative seat to Vientiane in 1545.
Luang Prabang is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage that reflects the fusion of Lao traditional urban architecture with that of the colonial era.
“Its remarkably well-preserved townscape reflects the alliance of these two distinct cultural traditions,” writes UNESCO.
Wat Xieng Thong, which dates from the 16th century, comprises an ensemble of the most complex structures of all the pagodas of the town. It is remarkable both from the archaeological point of view, and from the Lao iconographic and aesthetic viewpoint.