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Laos for the Adventuresome

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Huangphrabang Village 93, Louangphrabang (Luang Prabang) 0600, 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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Follow Sakarine Road (which becomes Sisavangvong Road) to the Royal Palace Museum. It’s small but interesting. I would kill for the red lacquered walls in the great room and the cases displaying gifts given to Laos by world leaders fascinate me....
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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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cnr Th Sisavangvong & Th Kitsarat, 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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ຫຼວງພຣະບາງ, Laos
The trail to Kuang Si Falls passes by the Tat Kuang Si, a zoo-like rescue center that is home to Asiatic Black Bears that have been freed from poachers. The animals are hamming it up for us, as if they appreciate having an audience: they roll on...
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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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Pak Ou, Laos
The Pak Ou Caves, as I understand/misunderstand it, are where people discard their unwanted Buddha statues. I’ve never thought about it before, but I can see how disposing of The Enlightened One could pose a problem. You can’t just toss him into...