Luang Prabang in Photos

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Luang Prabang in Photos

This photo essay is the visual accompaniment to my previous article: What it’s like in Luang Prabang. except this post tends to let the beauty and tranquility of the town shine. In my written description about what it’s like to visit Luang Prabang, I wanted to skip the travel literature glamour and just give you an accurate portrayal of the place.

As these images allude, Luang Prabang can be an exceptionally peaceful, relaxed, and gorgeous place to spend a few days or weeks.

That Visoun

monks drumming at That Visoun complex

Vat Manorom and flowers

Nam Khan River and Bamboo Bridge 2

motorbike luang prabang

novice monk at Vat Manorom in Luang Prabang



monks chanting at Vat Manorom in Luang Prabang Laos 7

Architecture in Luang Prabang 1

Luang Prabang from atop Phou Si


lemonade view at Utopia

novice monks walking in Luang Prabang

Mekong Sunset and slow boats


Stephen and a monk at Vat Manorom in Luang Prabang Laos


cafe along the Nam Khan River 2


peppers and limes at the Luang Prabang morning market

Dragon at Vat Manorom in Luang Prabang Laos

novice monk at Vat Manorom in Luang Prabang Laos

peppers at the morning market

novice monks sweeping at Vat Manorom in Luang Prabang Laos

Stephen drinking coffee at Arthouse  Cafe

All photos by Stephen Bugno

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Adam says:

    I was really surprised to find Luang Prabang so peaceful and quiet. It was one of my favorite cities in all of Southeast Asia…

  2. Ross says:

    It sure looks like a great place to hang out for awhile. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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