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A Scenic Tour Of Luang Prabang

Images by: Ng Eng Wan (Instagram: @ewtravelphotography/Facebook: E Wan Ng)

Located in the north of Laos, where the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers meet, the town of Luang Prabang was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. Perhaps most notable for its many Buddhist temples, towering peaks and cascading waterfalls, this town is a must-visit Southeast Asian destination for any traveller. Photographer Ng Eng Wan takes a stroll through Luang Prabang and captures the magic of this breathtaking ancient town.

The Thanon Phousi staircase will lead you to the top of Mount Phousi, which is located at the centre of the town and a central feature of the Luang Prabang skyline. The dragon staircase consists of 355 steps that zigzag up to the summit.

At the summit of Mount Phousi, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the town. This picture captures the surrounding landscape with the mighty Mekong River serving as a backdrop.

This Buddha statue is erected in mid-way to the summit of Mount Phousi and is a popular religious shrine among locals and tourists alike.

At the summit of Mount Phousi, you will be rewarded with this spectacular view. This is the most popular spot in Luang Prabang to view the sunset viewing, however, you can expect plenty of travellers also hoping to capture the postcard-perfect panorama.

Wat Aham, the Monastery of the Open Heart, was built in 1818. This wat used to serve as the residence of Supreme Patriarch of Laotian Buddhism. Although it no longer is the centre of the town’s religious activities, it still remains a vital heritage monument.

Dating back to 1513, Wat Wisunarat (Visoun) is one of Luang Prabang’s oldest temples. The beautiful wooden doors are depicted with classic Lao artwork of various Hindu Gods.

The Kuang Si is a three-level waterfall, located in the south of Luang Prabang. Breathtaking cascades of water make Kuang Si a favourite tourist attraction. The temperature at the falls are noticeably cooler, making it a lovely respite from the heat.

The Royal Palace, located in the centre of Luang Prabang town, was built in 1904 during the French Colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. In 1975, the palace was converted into a National Museum.

Wat Mai is one of the most visited temples in this ancient royal town, largely due to its central location in front of the night market and beside the Royal Palace. This wat was built in the late 18th century and at that time served as a temple for the royal family.

The Nam Khan River flows through Luang Prabang. The beauty of this river has, over the years, attracted many cafes, restaurants and hotels to set up shop within the vicinity.

As the sun sets, this is a lovely spot to enjoy the peace and serenity of the Mekong River. Boats rides are popular modes of transportation for those who want to experience the splendour of the mighty Mekong.

GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to Luang Prabang. Book your tickets now at airasia.com.

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