It was also known by the ancient name of Chiang Thong and till the communist took over in the year 1975, it was the royal capital and the seat of the government of the Kingdom of Laos. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city is well known for its various Buddhist temple and monasteries where hundreds of monks from various monasteries walk each morning through the streets collecting alms. The Luang Prabang Monks are an interesting part of the culture and a signature of the city.
Main Industry - Tourism
Those who do not spend time at the monastery think it their duty to become monks later on in life, devoting some time for the same. A major landmark in the city is a large steep hill which has the Wat Chom Si. The surrounding areas of Luang Prabang is occupied with stunning mountains with lust green vegetation and the popular spots to explore are the waterfalls, Kuang S and Tad Sae as well as the caves Pak Ou.
One can also visit the whiskey village or weaving village close to which is the paper village and visitors can take the opportunity of good bargains on handmade paper books or beautiful silk scarfs.
The main industry in Luang Prabang and Laos is tourism with the main attraction in Laos being the chance to get a glimpse of the old, unspoiled Asia. The official slogan of Laos is `simply beautiful’, which is an apt description of this amazing city.
Entertainment – Traditional/Modern Dancing
With regards to entertainment, it ranges from traditional dancing to movies, modern dancing or sports like petong and pool. The national museum offers traditional dancing shows at night and the tickets are quite affordable.
The shows though short are intense and well balanced. Luang Parbang has a tropical wet and dry climate under the Koppen climate classification and though the city is very warm throughout the year, it is fairly cool during the months of December and January.
It also has wet and dry seasons with wet season starting from April till October while dry season during the remaining five months.