Culture

Carefully curated selection of activities and excursions are designed to highlight the region’s landscape and culture.Luang Prabang is a magical blend of deep-rooted Laos traditions with a dash of French colonial joie de vivre, for a culture all its own.

Temples

From the misty morning streets lined with monks, to the gorgeous temples that glisten in the sunlight, this is a town that revolves around ancient rituals.

River Cruises

Cast away on a voyage down the magical Mekong, the flowing river that was once a vital waterway connecting the royal town with neighboring kingdoms.

Nature

Discover unspoiled wilderness in the mountainous jungle that surrounds Luang Prabang—from incredible waterfalls to wonderful elephant sanctuaries.

Festivals

It may be remote, but life is made exciting by the many cultural festivals throughout the year -- your visit will likely coincide with a local celebration.

With its charming colonial architecture, glittering Buddhist temples and memorable mountain scenery, Luang Prabang is a unique destination that offers a glimpse of another world. The historic old town area, which sits on a peninsula embraced on two sides by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, is a pleasure to explore on foot or by bicycle, its UNESCO-recognized heritage buildings home to an array of French-style cafés, boutique shopping, fine dining restaurants, lively local markets and cultural museums. Outside the heritage area, the surrounding environment is home to numerous outdoor activities.

Situated just a few kilometers from town in a thickly forested setting, with remarkable natural water features that include a meandering river and waterfall, Rosewood Luang Prabang's special location means it provides convenient access to the destination’s historic heart as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. To truly experience all Luang Prabang has to offer, try your hand at rice farming, visit an elephant sanctuary, go for a gentle cruise down the river, or experience one of the many colorful events that take place throughout the year, such as October's Festival of Lights.

TEMPLES

For those looking for the perfect photo: Wat Mai

Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, the town’s largest monastery was built in the late 18th century and features white walls topped by a cascading red-tiled roof with golden spires. An ornate gold-leafed mural adorns the entrance exterior, telling stories of ancient times, while inside you'll discover a large Buddha statue, with a smaller emerald version off to the lefthand side.

For those with a passion for history: Wat Xieng Thong

At the easternmost edge of the old town is this remarkable little temple atop a small hill. On one side is the Mekong river, and the “tiger” steps, where royalty used to board their boats, while on the other is the main thoroughfare, Sakkaline Road. This temple, built in 1560, is known for its incredible glass tile mosaics, which include the beautiful and ornate “tree of life.”

For those who don't mind a walk: Wat Chomsi

Luang Prabang is dominated by Phousi, the 150-meter-high hill in the center of the town. Follow the path directly opposite the Royal Palace and climb the 350 or so steps to the top. Along the way you pass a bodhi tree donated by the Indian government to mark the 2,500th anniversary of Buddha's birth, before arriving at tiny Wat Chomsi temple and remarkable 360-degree views.