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Ban Chan Neu, Chom Phet Street, ຫຼວງພະບາງ, Laos
Last sunset of 2010 as seen from the Santi Resort and Spa in Luang Prabang, Laos. The sunsets in this town are spectacular--worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage designation in and of themselves!
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114 Rue Pangkham, Vientiane, Laos
Monk making the rounds in the inner courtyard of Wat That Luang in Vientiane, Laos. The temple was built in 1566 and is now considered to be one of the most important national symbols in Laos.
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Pak Ou, Laos
Buddha statues in lower Pak Ou Cave on the Mekong River north of Luang Prabang, Laos. Pak Ou is a series of limestone caves which contain hundreds of Buddha statues palced there over the centuries. It is a popular pilgrimage site for local people,...
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Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
Sunset over the Mekong River as seen from the Riverside Sunset Bar in Luang Prabang, Laos. Absolutely the best place in town to take in the setting sun, with cheap Beerlao, super laid-back atmosphere and good food.
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Luang Prabang, Laos
The Night Market in Luang Prabang, Laos is a shoppers paradise and could be the most serene market in the world. The handmade goods offered here are of impeccable quality and almost everything is created in or around Luang Prabang. Many of the...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Buddhist monk on his way on a street in Luang Prabang, Laos. As is the case in many Southeast Asian countries, monks clad in orange robes are a common sight in Laos and make great photography subjects :)
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Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
Exploring the area outside of Luang Prabang is as easy as pie (and, very cheap). Borrow a map, rent a motorbike and whala you're all set. The surrounding countryside is lovely and all of the sites are well worth a visit, but there is one that...
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Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
A Watermelon and Chili Pepper Slushee?! Genius. After a long morning exploring the quaint alleyways and monasteries of Luang Prabang, the perfect lunch spot is the Tamarind Café. Located on a quiet street along the Mekong, it’s the ideal place to...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
For some the Mekong is for travel, for others the Mekong will provide commerce. At night when crowds disperse and mosquitoes fall asleep a walk down to the Mekong River near central Luang Prabang is well worth the view. The serpentine river carves...
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Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
A fabulous café and cooking school, Tamarind specializes in local produce and homestyle meals. As part of our private lesson there, we joined the chef on a trip to a local market and learned about traditional Lao spices and cooking methods. Ban...
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75, Oupalath Khamboua Road, Ban That Luang Village, Luang Prabang, Laos
The latest sign that Luang Prabang, the once-undiscovered UNESCO World Heritage city on the Mekong River, now fully caters to upscale tastes, Villa Maly is in the former residence of Prince Khamtan, grandson of a 19th-century Lao king. The hotel’s...
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Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
There are many monasteries in Luang Prabang. The young monks are friendly and enjoy practicing their English. They get the best education and health care in the monasteries.
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Ban Phong Pheng Village, ຫຼວງພະບາງ 06000, Laos
South East Asia is hot and humid. So finding this little Swimming pool and bar was a lifesaver when my wife and I were traveling through Luang Prabang, Laos. We walked from central Luang P. but if it is too hot or you're not up for the exercise...
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Kounxoau Road, Ban Phonehueng, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, ຫຼວງພະບາງ 01160, Laos
It's impossible to not fall for the colors on the exterior of the Wat Xieng Thong (Temple of the Golden City) at that golden hour before sunset in Luang Prabang, Loas. I'd been working in nearby Vietnam for a few months and decided to take a solo...
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73/5, Luang Prabang, Laos
The shamanic Tai-Lao people mastered the ikat tie-dye technique centuries ago, weaving a single, continuous silk thread into exquisitely patterned scarves. This three-day class gives the literal ins and outs of the process, from cocoon silk...
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ຫຼວງພຣະບາງ, Laos
Relaxing in the cool, invigorating water at Kuang Si Waterfall is a great way to spend a day when staying in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photographed by Joel Collins
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Luang Prabang, Laos
I expected to eat a lot of great food in Laos, and the country never disappointed. Noodles, soups and hearty traditional fare were all common, but what I never expected was a delicious high-end dessert – one of the best I’ve ever had. While...
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Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
You haven't done Asia until you've done a temple stay - so sayeth a snobby backpacker I once met. I hate to admit it, but that snobby backpacker was on to something; nothing replicates the experience of breaking bread with a monk, discussing the...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Bugger off, Dos Equis. This here is the most interesting man in the world. This is the groundskeeper at utterly unpronounceable Wat Siphoutthabath in central Luang Prabang - in and of itself one of the most impressive temples in a city known for,...
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Phu Si, Luang Prabang, Laos
Even Buddha deserves a little R&R. Luang Prabang, Laos
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Historic District, Luang Prabang, Laos
Old man weaving a straw hat in a small weaving village called Ban Xang Khong on the Mekong River near Luang Prabang, Laos. The village is located about 5km east of Luang Prabang and the inhabitants are noted in particular for their arts and...
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4-5 ban Phonepheng, ຫຼວງພະບາງ, Laos
This cheerful flower seller in Phosy Market was preparing beautiful marigold tower temple offerings for sale. The market, south west of central Luang Prabang, is where locals go for fresh produce, meat, spices, baguettes, rice and sundries. Some...
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A salesman in Luang Prabang trying to sell hammocks. In the background you can see the shimmering Royal Palace museum in all of its splendor.
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Early morning in Luang Prabang has a haunting beauty about it as clouds and mist enshroud the mountains.
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057 photisarath RD Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang, Laos, Laos
I took this photo while visiting Luang Prabang, which is the 3rd largest city in Laos and used to be the capital. The entire city has been named a world heritage site due to its beautiful valley and river setting, the quality of life and the...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
On a deck overlooking the Nam Khan River and with just 6 tables, Rosella Fusion Restaurant is a secret favourite with expats in Luang Prabang. The restaurant offers amazing value for tasty Thai and Lao dishes like pad thai and spicy Lao beef...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Most visitors don't associate Laos with luxury - until they spend a little time in Luang Prabang. Villa Deux Rivieres sits at the conflux of - you guessed it - two rivers - and offers a wonderful respite from the banana pancake trail. This is a...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
"Tak Bat" or morning alms is a living Buddhist tradition in Laos which has become a tourist attraction on the must see/do list of Luang Prabang. It is indeed a beautiful sight and even after living in Laos for almost 2 years, I never tire of it....
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Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Wat Mai, Luang Prabang, Laos. Rubbing shoulders with tangerine-robed monks in Laos is one of the best parts about any visit to Luang Prabang. The young monks are often eager to converse with respectful visitors; this young fellow peppered me with...
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Rue Chao Fa Ngum, Ban Thatluang, Luang Prabang, Laos
At night LP has this huge night market selling Laotian chotchkes, tribal blankets and other backpackers' delights. Early in the morning, though, when said backpackers are dreaming of banana pancakes fresh off the griddle, there's another market, a...
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Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
I wanted to get as far away from "civilization" as possible. I thought riding an elephant in the jungle of Laos might appease that sentiment. Our safety briefing: "You ride with her, jump on back, ride in river. Water is wet." Uh...OK. They...
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Sakkaline Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
The bohemian spirit is alive and thriving in Luang Prabang with Icon Klub, an artful little bar tucked on a side street in the heart of the old town. Proprietress Lisa shakes and stirs up quality drinks, from the classics-done-well (try the mojito...
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Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
The Apsara Hotel is a small boutique property situated along the Nam Khan. I’m staying my final two nights in Luang Prabang here because when I travel solo, being surrounded by the same four walls for greater than three nights incites a touch of...
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Rue Chao Fa Ngum, Ban Thatluang, Luang Prabang, Laos
In between running from temple to temple to waterfall to cave, pamper yourself with the best spa in Luang Prabang. The Angsana Spa is bliss. When the therapist had to (quite literally) peel me off the table, I knew it was the most amazing massage...
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057 photisarath RD Ban That Luang, Luang Prabang, Laos, Laos
The beautiful Satri House in Luang Prabang was a joy in all ways. Beautiful native architecture and curated art. I never wanted to leave.
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Luang Prabang, Laos
I cross Settathirath Road, cross it again, and Mount Phousi towers above me. The steps lead to infinity. Or feel like it, anyway. Actually, the climb to the office is 190 steps and another 138 separate me from the top from there. Buddhas of all...
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The restaurant at the 3 Nagas Hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos, offers many delicious choices for lunch and dinner. Menu items include Kaengnor Sai Yanag (bamboo soup with bitter leaves), Pla Thod Khing (fried fillet of makohng fish with ginger...
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13, Luang Prabang, Laos
I remember my conversation with this nun, because she wasn't one of those empty propagandists for religion, trying to make it seem easy and effortless to live a life apart. She was curious about the world, and about what she had gained and lost by...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Aimed primarily at tourists, the Night Market sets up each evening along a few blocks of Thanon Sisavangvong. Lining both sides of the street, with a section down the middle, stalls offer a plethora of souvenirs, from cotton shopping bags and...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
A hint of daylight. I grab my windbreaker (mornings are chilly in Luang Prabang) and walk the uneven streets to Sisavangvong Road, the main street running the length of the city. I claim a perch atop a wall respectfully recessed from the street...
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Rue Chao Fa Ngum, Ban Thatluang, Luang Prabang, Laos
It was the end of the dry season and the river was very low. The blood red sunsets are due to the burning of wood for fuel.
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Travelers don't really go to Luang Prabang for a lot of excitement. What with getting up early for Tak Bat, the early morning alms walk by local Monks and the languid boat rides down the Mekong, it's doesn't exactly scream "party." . Still if you...
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Luang Prabang, Laos
Our Mahout (elephant trainer) advised us that when the elephants are in the water and they blow, loud trumpet-like noise, it usually means that they're happy. The experience of hearing the elephants make this noise was better than any rock concert...
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Nam Song River, Vang Vieng, Laos
After a long drive of sharp turns and near misses -- going south from Luang Prabang or north from Vientiane along Route 13 in Laos -- Vang Vieng is the perfect reward for the journey with its calming yet stunning views. Take an early morning walk...