Pak Ou Caves

Without a doubt the most popular day trip out of Luang Prabang is the trip up the Mekong River to the caves at the mouth of the Ou river (hence the name 'Pak Ou' - 'mouth of the ou'). Although you can...

Wat Saen

Along the main Sisavong Vang Road between the main commercial district and Wat Xieng Thong are a string of smaller temples. The largest and most ornate of these is Wat Saen.

Wat Xieng Muan

Between the commercial strip of shops and restaurants at the center of Luang Prabang and the Mekong River are two small temples. The slightly larger of these is Wat Xieng Muan. Its a charming little...

Wat Aham

Next to Wat Visoun and the That Makmo is the somewhat smaller temple of Wat Aham.

Wat Visoun

On the south side of Phu Si hill, outside of the main area of the old city, is the very old temple of Wat Visoun, also called Wat Wisunalat.

Wat Nong Sikhunmeuang

Running parallel to the main Sisavong Vang Road from the Royal Palace Museum up to the back of Wat Xieng Thong is a small lane which can be more pleasant to walk than the heavily touristed main road....

Ho Prakeo - Emerald Buddha Hall

Next to the presidential palace, in the grounds of what was once the royal palace, stands the Ho Prakeo, or "Hall of the Emerald Buddha." This building was once the private chapel of the King of Laos,...

Tat Luang

About a mile north of Vientiane's city center is the most important shrine in Laos, the Pha Tat Luang, a symbol of both the Buddhist faith and Lao nation-hood.

Buddha Park

East of town, past the Friendship Bridge, is perhaps Vientiane\'s quirkiest sights, the Buddha Park. The name is fitting. Scattered around a large grassy yard on the banks of the river are dozens of...