Welcome to Bali without the beaches; Mike Dolan; Escape

Laos – Town of Luang Prabang

LUANG Prabang is Laos’ answer to Ubud. Here’s 10 top reasons it’s time you paid a visit to this world heritage destination.

LUANG Prabang been called Bali without the beaches and like Ubud, it’s a tranquil haven in the mountains where tinkling temple bells accompany your morning latte.

But unlike Ubud, it combines French cafe society with the traditions of an ancient royal citadel where 66 Buddhist temples shape the daily rhythms of life.

Perched on a peninsula above the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers in central Laos, Luang Prabang was the capital of the “Land of a Million Elephants and the White Parasol” when the French discovered it in the 19th century.

Today, French colonial terraces stand next to teak houses. Glittering temples and ramshackle monasteries line its tree-shaded boulevards.

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