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Luang Prabang

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One of the ancient capitals of Laos, Luang Prabang has been a UNESCO World Heritage site for eleven years based on its well-preserved fusion of traditional Lao urban structures with colonial architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Yet none of it is large-scale or particularly stunning: just calmly pleasing and elegantly proportioned. Even before you take the time to wander around its quiet, slow-moving streets, you sense it possesses a peace and harmony that are hard to find in the modern world. It is very much a lived-in community not yet prettified for the mounting number of tourists finding their way here and very accessible, just four streets crisscrossed with numerous smaller lanes along a narrow peninsular raised up above the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers which encircle it on three sides. A place to be unhurried, to sit and watch, to read a book, to absorb the tranquility.
Colourful Bangkok Airways
Colourful Bangkok Airways
Household Shrine
Household Shrine
The Beauty of Wood - Lao style
The Beauty of Wood - Lao style
Alfesco Lunch at Indochina Restaurant
Alfesco Lunch at Indochina Restaurant
The Apsara Hotel
The Apsara Hotel
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Visunnarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Aham
Wat Aham
Wat Aham
Wat Aham
Wat Aham
Wat Aham
The Nam Khan River
The Nam Khan River
Apsara Hotel
Apsara Hotel
National Musem (old Royal Palace)
National Musem (old Royal Palace)
Royal Palace temple
Royal Palace temple
National Museum & Mekong River from Mount Phousi
National Museum & Mekong River from Mount Phousi
Wat Chom Si, Mount Phousi
Wat Chom Si, Mount Phousi
Old gun emplacement, Mount Phousi
Old gun emplacement, Mount Phousi
Wat May
Wat May
Pillars at Wat May
Pillars at Wat May
Solid gold bas relief, Wat May
Solid gold bas relief, Wat May
Buddha images, Wat May
Buddha images, Wat May
Buddha images, Wat May
Buddha images, Wat May
Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong
Japanese glass
Japanese glass
Hor Latsalot  (Chapel of the Funeral Chariot)
Hor Latsalot (Chapel of the Funeral Chariot)
Hor Latsalot (Chapel of the Funeral Chariot)
Hor Latsalot (Chapel of the Funeral Chariot)
Hor Latsalot (Chapel of the Funeral Chariot)
Hor Latsalot (Chapel of the Funeral Chariot)
Lao girl on the banks of the Mekong
Lao girl on the banks of the Mekong
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Morning Alms, Sisavangvong Road
Butterfly at the Silk Factory
Butterfly at the Silk Factory
Apsara Hotel
Apsara Hotel
On the banks of the Mekong
On the banks of the Mekong