Luang Prabang Temple Walking Tour, Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a city with an unbelievable number of temples, called Wats in Thai. All of them are absolute works of art, ornate with exclusive decoration reflecting both religious events and simple life sequences. Some of the temples date back to the 16th century. All of them are hosted by Laoan monks, who are usually very friendly with tourists.
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Luang Prabang Temple Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Luang Prabang Temple Walking Tour
Guide Location: Laos » Luang Prabang (See other walking tours in Luang Prabang)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Author: Cathy
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Wat Pak Khan

1) Wat Pak Khan

Wat Pak Khan is one of the numerous temples in Luang Prabang. It is a small one, but filled with beauty and originality. Its name means "temple at the beginning of the Khan River" and is totally accurate. Wat Pak Khan has quarters for the young monks, who are very polite and friendly with tourists. The temple is decorated with numerous pictures of Buddha.
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Wat Xieng Thong

2) Wat Xieng Thong (must see)

Wat Xieng Thong is a Buddhist temple, located on the northern tip of the peninsula of Luang Phrabang, Laos. It was built in 1560 by King Setthathirath and was under royal patronage during the Kingdom of Laos. Like the royal palace, the wat was placed near the mekong. In 1880, the Tripitaka Library was added and the drum tower followed in 1961. There are several small halls and stupas that contain Buddha images of the period. There is a reclining Buddha sanctuary, which contains an especially rare reclining Buddha that dates from the construction of the temple. In 1931, the image was taken to Paris and displayed at the Paris Exhibition and was kept in Vientiane until 1964, when it returned to Luang Phrabang. At the near compound's eastern gate stands the royal funerary carriage house, which houses the funeral carriage; it stands 12 meters high and there are various urns for members of the royal family.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Wat Sensoukarahm

3) Wat Sensoukarahm (must see)

Wat Sensoukarahm is a temple near the Mekong River. It was built in 1718. Because of the damages it underwent throughout its history, the temple was renovated a few times - in 1932 and 1957. The facade of Wat Sensoukarahm is one of the most fascinating in the whole Luang Prabang. This temple is built in Thai style, but is different from the other temples due to its bright red colour embroidered with gold ornaments.
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Wat Nong Sikhounmuang

4) Wat Nong Sikhounmuang (must see)

Wat Nong Sikhounmuang is a very big temple built in 1729. The temple suffered serious damages because of a fire in 1774. The only object that remained intact was a statue of Buddha. It is called Pra Chao Ong Saensaksid and it still ornates Wat Nong Sikhounmuang. The statue is made of bronze and is surrounded by legends. It has a three-tier roof, which makes it resemble the Bangok temples.
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Wat Siphoutthabath Tippharam

5) Wat Siphoutthabath Tippharam

Wat Siphoutthabath Tippharam is a beautiful temple located in the center of Luang Prabang. Its name signifies the temple of Buddha's marvelous footprint. The temple is very beautifully decorated and has numerous ornaments and drawings with Buddhist themes. Wat Siphoutthabath Tippharam, besides the temple itself, has a school for monks attached to it.
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Wat Pa Phai

6) Wat Pa Phai (must see)

Wat Pa Phai is a temple whose names means Monastery of the Bamboo Forest. It is said to be one of the oldest temples in Luang Prabang. Some sources document the date of the building as 1645 and others as 1815. Either way, it is an ancient historical monument. The walls of Wat Pa Phai are ornate with murals reflecting sequences of the ordinary Laos people. The style of the murals is Lao-Thai.
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Wat Xieng Muan

7) Wat Xieng Muan (must see)

Wat Xieng Muan is an antique temple in Luang Prabang. The full name of this temple is at Xieng Muan Vajiramangalaram. It was built in 1853 by Phragna Sisonxay. This temple was restored and is preserved by the UNESCO project. It has a very specific construction, the roof, balustrades and walls being built in a very special style. Wat Xieng Muan also has a nice classroom, where novice monks study the art of painting, carving in wood and other skills.
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Wat Choumkhong

8) Wat Choumkhong (must see)

Wat Choumkhong not a big temple but it is very frequently visited due to its character and pretty decorations. The beauty of this temple is accentuated by the fantastic garden that surrounds it. The winter months are the most splendid, due to the poinsettia trees that bloom at this period of the year.

Walking Tours in Luang Prabang, Laos

Create Your Own Walk in Luang Prabang

Create Your Own Walk in Luang Prabang

Creating your own self-guided walk in Luang Prabang is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Luang Prabang is the tidiest and most culture-oriented city in Laos. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the country's royal capital until 1975. The city is known for a plethora of cultural and historic attractions, much as for the abundance of Buddhist temples – wats – including the gilded 16th century Wat Xieng Thong, and Wat Mai, the former residence of Laotian chief Buddhist. To learn more about Luang Prabang's main attractions, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Luang Prabang Culture Exploring Tour

Luang Prabang Culture Exploring Tour

Luang Prabang, being the cultural capital of Laos, has numerous places to explore in order to learn about the Laoan traditions and lifestyle. Everything in Luang Prabang is special and exotic, from the food, in its preparation and ingredients to the silk weaving skills and art. The locals are always happy to explain and cherish their experience and talents with curious foreigners.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Luang Prabang Shopping Tour

Luang Prabang Shopping Tour

Luang Prabang is a very interesting place to shop. Because the culture and traditions of the Laoan people are very rich, there are numerous products that will remind the buyers of the local spirt. The most famous shopping spots are the night market and the morning market, but all the shops around Luang Prabang are as well perfect showcases of Luang Prabang art.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Luang Prabang for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Luang Prabang has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Luang Prabang, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.