The Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) is a key international hub for flights in Laos. Only 4km from the centre of the city, travellers coming into Luang Prabang can get into town with tuk-tuks, and taxis that will cost about 58,000LAK/7USD ($10). Amenities in this airport include ATMs, an information desk, a currency exchange, a restaurant, and some shopping options.
Luang Prabang is reached with carriers like Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Dragonair, and Lao Airlines among others.
Why visit Luang Prabang?
The capital of lush and languorous Laos, Luang Prabang, is a place that evokes the spirit. Cradled in the streams and deltas of the Mekong and Khan Rivers, this city’s Indochine and colonial architecture undulates around the waterways and trees. The skyline is frequently punctured by golden wats, temples and palaces. Amble through the museums, hike to the surrounding waterfalls, sail down the rivers, and eat in the Laotian and French restaurants to get a real feel for this delightful city.
Things to do in Luang Prabang
The best way to see this city is to blend the natural and the cultural attractions. Get situated in the city and climb the 300 steps to the summit of Mount Phousi, and enjoy the remarkable view.
Then when you come back down to earth, spend some time seeing the 34 UNESCO listed temples of the city, the most famous being Wat Xieng Thong, which has a gilded façade, and is considered to be one of the finest of its kind in the country.
Pop into the museums in the city, such as the UXO Lao Visitor Centre, the Royal Palace Museum, as well as the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Cemtre to learn about the city, and the history of the nation.
Then there are the gorgeous natural attractions, such as the stunning waterfalls of Kuang Si, and Tad Sae, the atmospheric Pak Ou Caves, and book a tour down the Mekong River.
Best time to visit Luang Prabang
· In Laos, there is the dry and the wet season, and unless you are keen on seeing the waterfalls at their zenith, the dry season is when you’ll want to come to this city. Aim for October to April for the driest weather, and temperatures of 22-27°C.
Arriving in Luang Prabang by plane
· Most flight to this location will mean one to two stops, with most diverted through Bangkok (BKK).
· Lao KIP (LAK).
· Visas are required for travel to Laos, but Australians can obtain this on arrival, and purchased for 35USD ($49) at the airport. For more details, we advice to use the Smart Traveller resource page on Laos for the latest information and instructions.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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