Destination: Luang Prabang, Laos; Travel Wire Asia

Laos – Town of Luang Prabang

DECLARED a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the city of Luang Prabang is situated on a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers within the eponymous Lao province. The tree-lined banks dotted with colored wats (temples) and capped by the rising peak of Mount Phousi mean that entering Luang Prabang has enchanted those who arrived by boat for centuries; and it’s still one of the best ways to arrive here.

Once the capital of Laos and still considered to be its religious heart, Luang Prabang’s palm-lined riverbanks, ochre-daubed houses, terracotta roofs and saffron-robed monks all come together to form a picture postcard setting.

Quiet and unhurried, its peaceful feel hides a fascinating history of conquest and recapture, and only hints at the intricate culture and complex traditions that take place here every day.

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