Luang Prabang, Laos

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Designated as the first UNESCO listed site in Laos, the town of Luang Prabang itself offers a treasure trove of discoveries. Luang Prabang is not a large town and you can explore much of it on foot but tuk-tuks are available as an option or to travel further. Simply meandering down the streets can be rewarding in itself. The peninsular section of town is especially glutted with well preserved Buddhist temples.
 
 
 
 
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Phou Si
This is the main hill in the city from where you can have a good view of Luang Prabang and the area. It's not a very steep climb from the bottom. 
There are two entrances from ground level i.e. one on the north along Sisavangvong Road (facing the Royal Palace) and another on the east on Sisavang Vatthana Road. Sunrise and sunset are the most sensible and rewarding times to go up, offering a near-panoramic view from the top. Entrance fee is 20,000 kip.

The northern entrance has about 130 steps up to the ticket counter and another 190 steps to the top. Even folks with low fitness levels should be able to complete the climb, although it can be tiring for the unfit. The eastern entrance is longer than the northern entrance but less steep and has more points of interest along the way, which are perfect excuses for stopping for a breather on the climb. 

Luang Prabang from Phou Si by 松岡明芳

Arts & Craft
Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre is located on the banks of the Mekong River and just 2 km south of Luang Prabang town. Operating as a fair trade traditional weaving centre, you can take classes in bamboo or textile weaving, dye your own silk, draw your own batik or just relax at the Mekong garden cafe. The Craft Centre offers an informative free tour to all visitors. 

The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is housed in a heritage building in the heart of town at Ban Khamyong. It is a small but perfectly formed museum dedicated to the ethnic cultures of Laos including their traditional arts and lifestyle. Besides the exhibits, there is a handicraft shop selling a variety of traditional arts made by various ethnic groups in Laos.

Sunset on the Waterfront
Take a walk along the Mekong River, or sit and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants and watch the sun sink into the horizon. If having dinner, make sure to bring a mosquito repellent or wear long trousers - mosquitoes come out in the evenings and love stationary targets.

Sunset along the Mekong by 松岡明芳

 
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