1. Mount Phousi
Mount Phousi is also known as Chomsy hills. You can easily climb to the top (about 300 steps) for panoramic views of the city. On top of the mountain there is a very beautiful temple. There are two ways to climb: from the main streets in the city orthe trails behind Ethnic Museum. The most wonderful time to climb the mountain is late afternoon before sunset.
2. The temples and pagodas
There are more than 30 temples and pagodas located around the city of Luang Prabang. The most famous is Wat Mai which is located on the main road of the city. In Luang Prabang there are also a lot of schools for young monks. They learn about furniture, lacquer and English.
Kuang Si Waterfall (also called Tat Kuangsi or Kuang Xi) is a complex of 3 falls, 30 km from the center of Luang Prabang. This is a favourite destination of lot of tourists to Laos. The main waterfall is about 60 meters high, falling down forming small lakes, like natural greenpools. You can enjoy swimming. Previously, this place is free but then a fare is collected to fund maintenance and conservation. There is also a bear sanctuary with rare alivebears.
As one of the ancient temples and the most important in Luang Prabang, Xieng Thong was built in 1560. Entrance fee is 5,000 kip ($ 0.5). The courtyard of the temple is where we can enjoy interesting architecture. Besides, the frescoes of Xieng Thong are also special attractions.
5. Riding elephants
Elephant park is located about 15 km from the city, surrounded between the mountains. It takes about 3-4 hours of climbing to reach the ElephantKhammuvillage. Here you can both riding elephants and learn about daily living, unique culture of ethnic minorities.
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