Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos at the heart of a mountainous region. The town is built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. Mountain ranges (in particular the PhouThao and PhouNang mountains) encircle the city in lush greenery.
There are 34 Buddhist temples among Luang Prabang’s colonial and Chinese architectures, all set in a backdrop of lush green mountains. Vibrant cultural traditions, rituals and distinctive artwork such as temple murals, woodcarvings and pottery make Luang Prabang an attractive destination for a wide range of interests. Due to its outstanding cultural and natural features, the town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Each village in the old quarter has a sign outlining the UNESCO site or you can just stroll along the two main roads in that part of town