Luang Prabang is a tiny town though it used to be the ancient royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom.  It is best described as a town filled with temples; each telling a story and having unique character.  In th center of the city, What Chomsi is a bold temple constructed on the highest point of the town, on Phusi Hill. Made in 1804 during the reign of king Anurut, it is impressive and majestic, with a beautiful view of the wide, lulling Mekong River. Every three hours, a drum is played at the top of this hill heard all around. 


 Nearby in the center of the city lies the National Museum, constructed as a palace in 1904 during King Sisavangyong’s reign is now a museum that displays much of the artifacts of royal reign.

In the northern tip of the village, right on the edge of the river, Vat Xiengthong sits in glowing fashion. This traditional Laotian Art-style wat with detailed mosaics of elephants and trees, was created in 1559 ad but a king. There are many hotels, restaurants and businesses in this area, but one should traipse through the small streets in order to see how real locals live as well. 
 

In the west of the city is the market place H’mong Market which is a bustling host of entertainment and food at night. Vendors sell Laotian textiles and traditional Laotian tribalware, while food vendors entice locals and tourists alike with warm, eclectic food options.


  In the east, the streets are more spread out and there is less of a small town feel. However, in this area is Vat Visoun which was built in 1500 ad. The famed phrabang, the fine gold Buddha image afterwich Luang Prabang was named, was placed   here from 1504 to 1715 A.D and from 1866 to 1874 A.D.Now it is a museum of Religious arts.