Day 288 – Royal Palace in Luang Prabang

The Royal Palace takes centre stage in the middle of the town. Most of the complex can be seen by walking past on the street but we decided to take a closer look and purchased an entrance ticket which cost a couple of quid so we could roam the buildings.

Once past the main gates there’s a long drive leading up to the main house flanked by huge palm trees.

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

Before you get to the palace, on the right is the temple called Haw Pha Bang. It was pretty amazing from the outside and also from inside.

Haw Pha Bang Temple

Haw Pha Bang Temple

Dragon on the stairs of the Haw Pha Bang Temple

Dragon on the stairs of the Haw Pha Bang Temple

The interior of the temple was covered with gold leaf detail including some strange panels depicting every day life. The pick of the bunch was one of a woman cutting up a deer.

Inside the Haw Pha Bang Temple

Inside the Haw Pha Bang Temple

Some of the detail inside the Haw Pha Bang Temple

Some of the detail inside the Haw Pha Bang Temple

You were able to go into the palace however not cameras were allowed. The palace was a mix of French and Asian architecture. It was really nice in the house and provided a welcome break from the heat outside.

The front of the palace

The front of the palace

The old carriage that carried the Royal family

The old carriage that carried the Royal family

After the tour around the Palace we headed back to the hostel for a rest and decided to eat once again on the food street; papaya salad, fish again and some Luang Prabang sausage. After the meal we headed to a bar which was having a movie night. The film was Bridesmaids. The bar was full of other backpackers and we all settled down to watch the movie.

The best papaya salad on food street

The best papaya salad on food street

Luang Prabang sausage

Luang Prabang sausage

Grilled fish

Grilled fish

About Julia Chan

I’m Julia and I've just returned from the adventure of my life. I went travelling around South America, the South Pacific and South East Asia for 12 months, and I'd do it all over again if I could! Julia on Google+
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