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Luang Prabang, the pearl of the mountains

Published January 18th, 2012

Luang Prabang is the former Lao capital (for historical info or key statistics just check Wikipedia). Lost in the middle of mountains 5 hours away from other main cities and borders, it is quite a different place from both the uncharacteristic Vientiane capital or the wild "teenager party town" of Vang Vieng and has a certain charm lacking on both other cities.

Surrounded by the Meekong and Nam Khan rivers by three sides, the historical district looks almost like a small "peninsula" of rectangular shape that you can easily walk around in a couple of hours.

Being part of Unesco Heritage means building is quite limited and have to follow some minimum rules. That immediately sets the town apart from most of other south Asian ones as there are no utilitarian ugly buildings around.

Buildings on main streets are still in original French colonial style and, although being quite a touristic town, there are no big hotels around. Most of the available rooms come from guest houses or small h ...

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