That Luang: the biggest celebrations of this Buddhist event are held in Vientiane, centred on That stupa. In Luang Prabang, the festival is marked with religious ceremonies such as blessings and processions, and many hill tribe people can be seen participating.
Laos National Day: commemorates the abdication of King Savang Vatthana and the establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975. Held on 2nd December, visitors can expect to see national flags flown across the city. Speeches and military parades are also typically held on this day.
Pha Wet: during this three-day festival, King Vessanthara's reincarnation as the Buddha is recounted and celebrated. Mostly a temple-centered event, outlying villages typically do not celebrate the festival on the same day, so as to be able to invite one another to their respective celebrations.
Luang Prabang Sightseeing
Luang Prabang offers visitors a wide selection of sightseeing options, with most tourists’ itineraries centered on the city’s Buddhist temples and natural attractions. While many of the main sights are accessible on foot, some require a short boat ride, with the journey often being as exciting as the attraction itself.
Also known as Lu village of Ban Phanom, this small settlement less than three kilometres from Luang Prabang is known for silk and cotton weaving. Visitors flock here to pick up handcrafted souvenirs at a fraction of the price of those on sale at some of the city’s more up market souvenir shops. The villagers’ ancestors descended from Sip Song Panna in south China and came to Laos upon the invitation of King Kitsarath.
Ban Xang Hai
This village sits opposite the Pak Ou Caves on the banks of the Mekong River. The residents of this small settlement have been crafting stoneware jars for centuries, but have recently turned their efforts to making lao-lao, fermented sticky rice liquor. The ‘whiskey village’ has become a popular stop off for tours groups on their way to the caves.
Mount Phu Si
Centrally located Phu Si mountain is Luang Prabang’s focal point. Home to several temples, it is a popular climb among visitors for the panoramic views it offers from the top. Perched at the summit is That Chomsi stupa, built in 1804. Temples on Phu Si’s slopes include Wat Tham Phousi, home to Kaccayana, a rotund Buddha image. Other interesting sculptures include Buddha with his disciples and a reclining Buddha, both located at Wat Tham Phu Si. Visitors are recommended to make the 355-step climb in the early morning or evening, when the cooler temperatures are more conducive to the climb. >>> Read more>>> Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13| 14 | 15 | 16 |