Royal Palace Museum
Royal Palace Museum, also known as Haw Kham, is one of Luang Prabang’s most significant tourist spots where guests can learn more about Laos’ culture and history.
The place was built during the French Era at Laos and is nothing short of majestic, as seen in the details in the main buildings and the other rooms that show the remarkable fusion of Lao style and French architecture. Visitors can have a glimpse of Laos’ culture through exhibits that include artifacts preserved for more than 200 years, and the famous treasure of Laos, the 83cm tall gold Buddha, Pha Bang.
The Royal Palace Museum is found in the center of Luang Prabang, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The museum opens daily at with two different schedules: 08:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 16:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the grounds is free but a fee of LAK 20,000 (USD 2.50) is charged to those who want to go inside the buildings.
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang via Lao Airlines.
- From the city proper, you can reach the Royal Palace Museum via taxi or tuk-tuk
- Solo Travelers/Backpackers
Time to Spend
You can spend around 3 hours to fully explore the museum, and even stay a bit longer to watch the traditional Lao dances and Ramayana performed at the Royal Ballet Theater.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit the museum is in the early morning so you can avoid the crowds.
You can have your pick of restaurants near the museum such as Le Tam Tam Garden, Laoderm Restaurant, and Blue Garden Restaurant.
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There are a number of hotels available near the Royal Palace Museum, such as The Belle Rive Boutique Hotel, Indigo House, Lan Kham Riverside, and Villa Ban Lakkham. Room rates start from USD 50 to 250.