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Luang Prabang is a total delight.


Some travellers have a habit of bitching about places they’ve been in order to show-off their superior worldliness. I.e.. ‘ Vietnam’s soo over, I mean it was special ten years ago, but it’s totally sold out now. No, you’d be much better off doing Watalota Pop'equoc if you really want to experience the authentic ethnic flavour of Asiana’ …rararara……….but of all the people I’ve met who’ve been to Luang Prabang, nobody ever has a bad word to say about it.


The town has retained much of the original French colonial architecture & it’s impossible to visit without having the word CHARM stamp itself in your brain and stay firmly fixed until the moment you leave.


Apart from the pretty houses, there’s a really attractive riverside street where the locals play boulle as boats come and go.

Also there’s a working Wat (temple) open to visitors. Apart from the Royal Palace in Phnomn Pen, this temple has some of the most extensive decorations I’ve seen; green glass dragons flank the steps, gilt figures dance over the doors. Walls, ceiling, floor all glint with golden overload.


Days pass happily here in L-P.  Misty mornings when monks in orange robes collect their alms; lazy afternoons when people sit in cafes sipping iced coffee planning trips on the Mekong, elephant safaris, or just people-watch; drowsy dusk, when the street market comes alive and vendors sit on the ground displaying arts & crafts by lantern-light.


Altogether a peaceful piece of lovely Laos.
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Village meeting
Village meeting
Kyacking with Thong
Kyacking with Thong
Luang Prabang
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