Luang Prabang Journals

The City of the Delicate Buddha

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A travel journal to Luang Prabang by SeenThat

Monks and Rice Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos More Photos
Quote: With a name as unexpected as the Mountain City, Luang Prabang is the main cultural destination in Laos. Its rich history blends in perfect harmony with the dramatic cliffs surrounding it, the slow flowing Mekong River and its very special cuisine.

The Kingdom of a Million Elephants and a White Parasol

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Attraction | "On Muang Sua, Luang Prabang and Xieng Dong Xieng Thong"

Monks and Rice Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos
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An almost underground characteristic of Luang Prabang is its being amidst the oldest cities in Southeast Asia; "almost underground" because the city was rebuilt following its destruction in the late nineteenth century.Muang SuaDuring the seventh century, Luang Prabang was called Muang Sua and was under the control of one of the "zhao," small city-states based in southern Yunnan. At certain stage, a Tai prince called Khun Lo managed to take the city and founded the first local dynasty. This event is deep within Laotian mythology, as the father of that prince - Khun Bor...Read More

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Silking Luang Prabang

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Attraction | "On Silk, Gold and Curry"

Sunrise Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos
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What are the best souvenirs from Luang Prabang? How to pay for them? What to eat during the shopping?Laotian Silk Why Laotian Silk? Simply, most of the world’s silk production has been industrialized. Laos is one of the few places were the reeling, coloring and spinning is entirely hand-made; thus despite having a more unrefined look, it makes a very special gift. The more elaborate designs are produced at a rate of a few centimeters per day.Each area and family produces a unique product based on traditional designs; the traveler can choose shiny or matte, thick or thin. The process begins by feeding silk worms four times a day with white mulberry fresh leave...Read More

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The Emerald Buddha and the Phra Bang

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Attraction | "On Two Talismans"

Near Tha Chang Wangna Pier Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Luang Prabang’s history is deeply connected to two Buddha figures widely considered to be power talismans. Over time, one reached Bangkok, while the other stayed here and gave to the city its name.The Emerald BuddhaThe Emerald Buddha is a 45cm tall green jade image that has become the talisman of the Chakri Dynasty in Thailand...Read More

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Downtown Luang Prabang

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Attraction | "Trapped Between Rivers "

Monks Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Despite the commercialization of the town – the result of being recognized as a World Heritage Site – Luang Prabang’s downtown area is special by every imaginable category. Its location on a tiny peninsula trapped between two rivers forced it to be built in a significantly more dense fashion than any other Laotian city. It looks very Lao in style, yet it is different. Moreover, unexpectedly, the first impression of the traveler is that the town is rather new. Since the town was badly damaged at the end of the 19th century, most of the buildings date back to the beginning of the 20th century. They display a blend of French Colonial and traditional Laotian styles, the last visible espe...Read More

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The Wats of Luang Prabang

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Attraction | "On Ground-Touching Roofs"

Temple at Night Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos
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More than anything else, modern Luang Prabang is the religious capital of Laos; few places in Southeast Asia offer richer religious architecture.On Laotian TemplesThe many temples in town date from the 16th century onwards and display different influences, mainly from Khmer, Thai, Burmese and Chinese temples. However, these influences are just that, Laotian temples ...Read More

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The Wats of Luang Prabang
Various parts of town
Luang Prabang, Laos

Around Luang Prabang

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Attraction | "On Coca Cola Waterfalls and Bear Laos"

Staircase to Lushness Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos
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The LoopMost travelers arriving at Laos enter through Vientiane and leave from Huay Xai, after having crossed Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and Udom Xai; or do this path on the opposite direction. This trail covers the main attractions – especially if travelling on the ...Read More

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Travelling to a Delicate Place

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Attraction | "On Flying Tuk-tuks and Other Vehicles"

Monks and Rice Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Do to its status as a World Heritage Site; Luang Prabang is very well connected to the outer world, at least in Laotian standards. Despite its tiny size, it features an international airport with flights to Vientiane, Phongsaly and Xieng Khuang (Phonsavan) in Laos and Bangkok...Read More

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