Luang Prabang: General information
Luang Prabang is a city in the North of Laos, a popular tourist destination. Also spelled and pronounced Luang Phrabang, Louangphabang, Luang Prabang (Luang Phabang, Luang Phrabang and Louang Phrabang). This former capital of the Kingdom of Laos (before 1975). The city is situated on the Mekong river in the Northern province (Luang Prabang on the map of Laos). A population of about 50,000 people. The first mention of the town on the site of Luang Prabang dates back to the year 698. Then he had the name Muang Sua (Muang Sua).
Today Luang Prabang is one of the most attractive tourist cities of Laos. You can say that it is now a refuge for travelers trying to find the lost calm area that has retained its tradition and way of life. Do here already some tens years, almost everything remains the same, but, apparently, it will take a decade and this place to turn into a luxury resort awash with tourists.
The city is flooded with attractions, including many historical and cultural monuments, for which Luang Prabang and its attractions were included in the list of UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. This is mainly temples. In the vicinity of the city is also a lot of attractions, but natural character. This waterfalls, caves, breathtaking mountains and rivers.
Tourism infrastructure of the city allows them to spend time here comfortable. Enough hotels here, from cheap to expensive, and quite comfortable, although in General, hotel prices are quite high, if not to say excellent quality. Restaurants are known worldwide networks and European fast food, such as Madonalds you in Luang Prabang you will not find, but do not stay hungry. The city has many cafes where you can eat more or less like European cuisine and cuisine of the whole of South-East Asia. Shopping submitted by markets and shops, shopping centres no. Evening and night entertainment there is a maximum in the evening you can visit restaurant, cafe or sit in the quiet bar. Actually, with the advent of nightfall (18-19 hours) the city seems to be waking up again, all the streets are transformed into markets, tourists very much. All the walking, haggling, eating and drinking. But it did not last long, falling asleep too early.
The main entertainment of the city are its landmarks and himself. Tourists usually spend time in the city, just walking slowly through the streets. By the way, about the streets. Sometimes it can be quite to get confused and think that you are not in the center of Asia, and somewhere in Europe. This is the legacy of the French colonial past, and nothing since then almost has not changed. You can even meet rare cars on the roads, introduced by Europeans in the middle of the last century.
In General we can say that the young and active tourists to Luang Prabang to stay permanently is not: two-three days to fully explore the city and surroundings will be enough. But for those who are in a hurry, you can stay a little longer.
Weather, seasons in Luang Prabang
Weather in Luang-Prabang all year round is very hot. There are two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. Best time to visit Luang Prabang during the dry season.
The dry season (recommended season) lasts from October to February. This is the best time to visit the city. Precipitation is low, temperature is low (about 30 degrees).
The season of rain (not recommended season) lasts from March to September. It's not the best time to visit the city. Starting in March the temperature begins to rise, peaking in April (average of 34.6 degrees). At the same time significantly increases the amount and frequency of precipitation. The rainiest months are June and July.
Time in Luang Prabang
Time in Luang Prabang ahead of Moscow is +4 hours, winter-summer is not translated. Current time in Luang-Prabang: