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Luang Prabang - Southeast Asia's Gem

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A May 2006 trip to Luang Prabang by Kez

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Quote: UNESCO designated Luang Prabang is a jewel of a town, jam-packed with beautiful houses and buildings, a plethora of temples, a large population of resident monks, and is just a treat to visit.

Luang Prabang - Southeast Asia's Gem

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Overview

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Luang Prabang has a sleepy, languid feel, and is wonderful to walk around in and soak up the atmosphere as traffic is almost nonexistent. Nearly every step that you take passes a temple or temple ruin, and you can wander freely into nearly any of these temples. The deep purple, hot pinks, and gold touches that are abundant are visually striking. There are constantly great opportunities to photograph temples, monks, more temples, and more monks, which happen to be one of my favorite subjects. A number of day trips that can be taken including a boat cruise the Pak Ou cave and a road trip to the Kouangsi Waterfall, which for me was a highlight. Besides the two trips to the falls an...Read More

Sala Prabang

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Hotel

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We stayed in the most gorgeous colonial hotel, Sala Prabang. This was once the residence of a noble family. The main building holds the reception, and some of the original rooms. There is a new annex on the side, and more rooms at the rear. Two stories high, and its front balconies entangled with tropical greenery and painted a warm yellow, completed with a white picket fence—it certainly fits the description of romantic. The staff is very welcoming, and the reception is just like being in your living room, complete with a great selection of books. Our room was in the new wing of the cottage, on the second floor for $40 per night, and we were...Read More

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Sala Prabang
Mekong Riverside Road
Luang Prabang, Laos
+856 (71) 252460

Luang Prabang Dining

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Restaurant | "Various restaurants"

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Our favorite place was View KhemaKhong, that was next-door to where we were staying. This restaurant also had magnificent views of the Mekong River. There was an upper dining area, and then you descended some steps down to the lower section. Here we were served by two young sisters, one we nicknamed Grumpy and the other Happy. The food was fantastic. Typical Laotian food consisting of large portions of mouthwatering Lao Rice paper rolls, filled with bean sprouts and pine nuts and some other great flavours we couldn't place. The fried beef with cashew nuts was sublime, with a touch of chili and stir-fried Asian vegetables, including watercress, accompanied by some plain rice. Wine by t...Read More

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Luang Prabang Dining
Throughout Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang, Laos

Kuang Si Falls

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Attraction | "Kouangsi Waterfalls"

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The Kouangsi Waterfalls were my favorite spot. This was probably because it was 40°C when we visited, so the jungle and the waterfalls offered a lovely cool change. The easiest way is to travel by road, although it is still quite rough, 45 minutes on a gravel road and it gives you an opportunity to pass through some villages, and see a little of the countryside, and daily life as well. Some of these snapshots we saw, included a number of working elephants and a funeral procession. You can hail a jumbo, which is a truck with a canopy and seating on the back tray, negotiate your price, we paid $10 and off you go. The waterfall is actually a series of waterfalls, and ca...Read More

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Kuang Si Falls
32 Km South of Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang, Laos

Pak Ou Caves

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Attraction

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The Pak Ou caves are one of the most well known sights in the area. Filled with over 4000 Buddha images, there are two caves (one upper and one lower) set into a limestone cliff some way up the river from Luang Prabang. If you enter the closest and lowest cave first on entry, you will see a small shrine with quite a number of statues. Take the stairs at the left and you enter the cave proper. It is absolutely crammed with Buddhas sitting and standing on every available rock space. Continue along the path to the higher cave. This contains another shrine with a large number of smaller statues. The cave itself is much larger, and the ceiling stretches upwards. At each cave there...Read More

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Pak Ou Caves
Overlooking the Mekong River
Luang Prabang, Laos

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The Lotus au Laos offers traditional Laos massage and is clean and well run.

According to their advertising, it is the only place in LP that guarantees to change the mat that you are laying on after the person before. Always a nice thought to hold on to when you are laying with your face buried in it.

You are taken to a private room to shower first and prepare for a full rubdown.

The massage we tried was a Relaxation Massage, it was so relaxing that I fell asleep. That is until the slapping part began and then I was truly awake. Just kidding, the slapping wasn't too bad—more invigorating than anything.

Cost was $5 for 1 hour.

Bliss for those aching muscles.