Visit Luang Prabang Laos

Wat Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang Laos
Wat Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang Laos

Monarchs of the Luang Prabang

  • Khun Lo : Warlord who founded Luang Prabang
  • Fa Ngum: Prince of Luang Prabang that founded Lan Xang
  • Oun Kham: King who ruled under the French Occupation
  • Kham Souk: (Zakarine) King who wanted sovereignty
  • Sisavong Vong: Became King of the Kingdom of Laos after French Occupation

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Steeped in history and tradition, Luang Prabang is Laos' Crown Jewel. Inducted into the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1995 as a World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang is sometimes referred to as "The Last Shangri-La." According to the New York Times in 2008, Luang Prabang is the "Number one tourist destination in the world." You can read the NY Times article titled, "36 Hours in Luang Prabang, Laos."

A Cost Effective Vacation

Once you are in Luang Prabang, you'll find that your money goes a long way. For starters, hotel rooms start under US$20 for a decent room to over US$80 for the most luxurious rooms available. Three-day hiking and trekking packages start at around US$60 and meals range from UNDER US$1 to about US$8! Beer Lao, the country's number one beer can be bought from any vendor for less that US$1. In all honesty, the majority of your money will go is to pay for airfare as that is usually not cheap.

Alms Giving at Dawn

Monks receiving alms in Luang Prabang Courtesy Mongabay.com
Monks receiving alms in Luang Prabang Courtesy Mongabay.com
Bird's-eye view of Luang Prabang
Bird's-eye view of Luang Prabang
Water buffalo passing through
Water buffalo passing through

A Big City with a Small Town Attitude

Although Luang Prabang is now a world reknown city, it has a small town feel. Thousands and thousands flock to Luang Prabang annually and enjoy its coziness and friendliness despite the fact that it boasts a population of approximately 103,000 citizens and a whopping 30 wats or temples!

Pak Ou Caves or Tham Ting Caves

Tham Ting Caves
Tham Ting Caves

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"Caves of One-Thousand Buddhas"
"Caves of One-Thousand Buddhas"
"Several of the One-Thousand Buddhas" Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
"Several of the One-Thousand Buddhas" Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
A set of stairs that lead up to the Lower Cave Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
A set of stairs that lead up to the Lower Cave Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
Stupa deep with the Upper Cave Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
Stupa deep with the Upper Cave Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
View from the Upper Cave Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
View from the Upper Cave Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com

The Cave at the Mouth of the River

A two hour boat ride from Luang Prabang will gain you access to one of Laos' natural wonders. Pak Ou Caves and Tham Ting are synonymous with one another. Translated in Lao, Tam Ting means, "The Cave of One-thousand Buddhas" while Pak Ou in Lao means, Cave at the mouth of the river. Either reference is correct. Laos' Tham Ting Caves are a set of sacred, natural wonders enjoyed and praised by many. As the name suggests, the caves hold in total in their possession approximately 4,000 thousand Buddha statues or figurines all ranging in different sizes and interpretations. Visitors that frequent the caves pay tribute to the many Buddha statues and ask for salvation and good fortune in their prayers.

Before Laos became a nation of Theravada Buddhists, the people of Laos were animists; its people believed in worshiping phi or spirits. To this day, paying homage to the deceased ancestors and loved ones is a long-standing tradition.

There are two sets of caves in the Pak Ou or Tham Ting Cave system: The Upper Caves and the Lower Caves. The Upper Caves (can only be accessed via the Lower Caves first) extends approximately 54 meters into a dark, natural corridor. The Upper Cave is about 60 meters above the Mekong River. On the left side of its entrance is a wooden water channel in which the many statues are ceremonially bathed. Depictions of swans and dragons can be view throughout. Inside the Lower Cave, approximately 2,500 of the 4,000 Buddhist statues or figurines are housed. The majority of the Lower Caves' Buddhist statues are the works of artisans loyal to the King between the 18th and 20th century. The Tham Ting or Pak Ou caves can only be accessed via boat along the Mekong River.

Wat Aham Buddha
Wat Aham Buddha

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Wat Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang
Wat Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang
 Wat Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang
Wat Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang
Wat Xieng Tong in Luang Prabang
Wat Xieng Tong in Luang Prabang
Wat Aham in Luang Prabang
Wat Aham in Luang Prabang
Wat Mahathat in Luang Prabang
Wat Mahathat in Luang Prabang
Wat Ho Xiang in Luang Prabang
Wat Ho Xiang in Luang Prabang

What is a Wat?

A wat, is simply a place of worship. More commonly however, a wat provides housing for monks, a place in which holds an image or statue of Buddha and another room for learning. Over the years, the word wat has become synonymous when describing ancient ruins or temples.

  • Wat Haw Pha Bang: Located on the northeast corner of Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum grounds, Pha Bang holds within it a sacred image (statue) of Buddha comprised of 90% gold! Wat Haw Pha Bang is a relatively new structure as it was just completed in 2006!
  • Wat Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum: Facing sacred Mount Phousi and situated between the Mekong and Khan Rivers, the "Hall of Gold" Royal Palace Museum is a blend of Lao and French Beaux Arts architectural and motifs that sought to symbolize ties between Luang Prabang and the ruling French colonial government, built between 1904 and 1909
  • Wat Xieng Tong: Built ca. 1560, Wat Xieng Tong or the "Golden City or Golden Tree Monastery" is the most historically significant and impressive of Luang Prabang's many wats
  • Wat Aham: Built ca. 1818, the "Monastery of the Opened Heart," Wat Aham is a meeting ground between the animist religion of spirit guardians and Theravada Buddhism. Note the guardian tigers on either side of its steps and the temple guardians of Ravana and Hanumana at each corners of the porch.
  • Wat Mahathat: Lao historians estimate Wat Mahathat construction to be sometime in the 16th Century and is also known as the "Monastery of the Stupa." It is one of the most attractive of all of Luang Prabang's wats. Two seven-headed Nagas are situated on either side of the staircase. A statue of the Earth Goddess is depicted as wringing her hair to drown the enemies of the Buddha.
  • Wat Ho Xiang: Wat Ho Xiang (built ca. 1705) was named in honor of a 1548 ceremony which was presided over by King Setthathirat. One of the most interesting aspects of Wat Ho Xiang is that on its front entrance there is a mural depicting humans in heaven and hell.

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Kuang Si Falls
Kuang Si Falls
Kuang Si Falls
Kuang Si Falls

Kuang Si Falls

About 29 Kilometers or 18 miles from Luang Prabang (one hour away from Luang Prabang via Mekong River by boat) Kuang Si Falls is a marvel to behold. Kuang Si Falls (sometimes spelled Kuang Xi Falls) is 60 meters high (approximately 180 feet) and has between 10 to 15 cascades that fall into blue and turquoise pools. It is a favorite side trip for travelers and adventurers alike.

There is more than one way to reach Kuang Si Falls, as a majority of the tourists that visit opt to rent a bicycle (which is very common) from Luang Prabang (between 27 to 29 kilometers from the city) or take, although comparatively much more expensive, the minibus to get there. It is important to note that the minibus does run on its own stringent schedule and so eliminates the freedom to do what you want. I highly recommend taking the boat ride, despite the fact that it may get a bit getting use to.

Mount Phousi

Sunset view from Mount Phousy Courtesy of flickr.com
Sunset view from Mount Phousy Courtesy of flickr.com

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Stairway leading up towards Mount Phousi
Stairway leading up towards Mount Phousi
View of Wat Chom Si on the Summit of Mount Phousi Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
View of Wat Chom Si on the Summit of Mount Phousi Courtesy of asiaexplorers.com
Statue of the Recling Buddha, WatThammothayalan, Mount Phousi
Statue of the Recling Buddha, WatThammothayalan, Mount Phousi
Statue of Buddha with disciples, Mount Phousi
Statue of Buddha with disciples, Mount Phousi
Statue of rotund Buddha at Mount Phousi
Statue of rotund Buddha at Mount Phousi
Stairway leading down towards Wat Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum
Stairway leading down towards Wat Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum

Two Ways to Reach Heaven

Built in 1804, Mount Phousi or Mount Phu Si, is situated at the very heart of historic Luang Prabang. Interestingly enough, Mount Phousi ls between the Mekong River and the Khan River making it very navigable by water. It also has two ways in which to reach its summit. The first is way is Phousi Road (a total of 355 steps which usually takes 2 hours) which is also known as Thanon Ratsayong and the second being the other staircase called Sisavangvong Road which is also known as Thanon Phithosalat. The famous stairways are frequently referred to as "The Stairways to Heaven."

The Three Physical Forms of Buddha

Halfway up Phousi Road, one can stop to rest and see Wat Tham Phu Si where the Rotund Buddha resides...As a child, I once asked my father why certain depictions of Buddha were of him in the form of a mere skeleton, in another he is conceptualized as a beautiful being, and in another, rotund and jolly. He told me, "The starved Buddha is Siddhartha Gotauma (pre-Buddha) who when first seeking enlightenment, sought refuge with the aesthetics who lived on only six grains of rice a day. Siddhartha broke his oath one day while standing on the shore of a lake. A young village girl who saw him who was concerned for his health offered him milk and food, in which he accepted. The middle Buddha is the most widely depicted Buddha as he is the Buddha of Enlightenment who lived to be the age of 80. The Third Buddha or Buddha of Good Fortune (most widely depicted by the Chinese) intentionally gorged himself so as to repel women admirers as his immense form deterred their attraction to him." So there you have it.

At the Summit of Mount Phousi

At the summit of Mount Phousi is Wat Chom Si which offers the best view of Luang Prabang as one can view it entirely, including Wat Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum and both the Mekong and Khan Rivers. Be aware however that the base of Wat Chom Si grows crowded with tourists as the Luang Prabang sunset is its greatest feature at the end of the day. The price of admission is 17,000 Kip (Lao currency) or about 2 US dollars! Interesting to note is that in addition to the base of Mount Phousi, there is a rusted-out Russian anti-air craft gun.  As seen in the picture to the immediate right of this article, the fee to gain admission to Mount Phousi must be paid at the entrance, at Wat Haw Kham Royal Palace Musem. 

Lasting Impressions

Monks at Wat Xieng Tong Chanting
Monks at Wat Xieng Tong Chanting
Wat Ho Xiang-Nagas represent bridges between Heaven and Earth and their pointed noses are believe to impale and catch evil spirits
Wat Ho Xiang-Nagas represent bridges between Heaven and Earth and their pointed noses are believe to impale and catch evil spirits
Scene from an Unnamed Hotel in Luang Prabang
Scene from an Unnamed Hotel in Luang Prabang

Bonus Video

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Which Site Do You Want to See?

If you could choose just one Luang Prabang site to visit, which one would it be?

  • Mount Phousi
  • Wat Xieng Tong
  • Tham Ting / Pak Ou Caves
  • Wat Haw Kham Royal Palace Museum
  • Wat Mahathat
  • Wat Haw Pha Bang
  • Kuang Si Falls
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kirstenblog 7 years ago from London UK

What a lovely looking place to visit! I love all those temples, beautiful buildings. A nice hub this one! :D


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

This is about the most gorgeous and well put together hubs I've ever seen - glorious dohn121! Thank you so much!!!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Hey Dohn! I LOVED Luang Prabang! Went there a couple of years ago with my kids when we did a whole south east Asia adventure! I wrote a hub about traveling through South East Asia on a budget! In fact, loved all of Laos and the people! A really great place to visit!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Kirsten--Thank you. I've wanted to do this hub for such a long time. I'm glad you liked it! You gotta visit!

Sem Pro--I'm absolutely floored for the compliment! I will say that so far, this is my Magnum Opus. I spent A LOT of time on this particular hub, especially on research and hearing such compliments makes it all the worth while! Thanks!

Cindyvine--It's wonderful to hear that you did! It's hard to believe that my little Third-World country (one the poorest in the world) makes "The Best Beer in Asia," and is the "Number One Travel Destination in the World" last year! Amazing, isn't it? Thank you, Cindvine.


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Mountain Blossoms 7 years ago from SE Thailand

Wow dohn121 this is a really fantastic hub and makes me even more determined to visit Laos soon, it looks beautiful. And the photos are amazing! Your descriptions are excellent. I do hope you'll be able to go back one day to visit. Also appreciate all the information sites you've pointed to. More hubs on Laos please......!!!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Moutain Blossoms! Yes, I definitely have more Hubs of Laos on the horizon! There's so much I want to cover and who better to write them but me? Thank you so much for your compliments. It took a great deal of time to research and find everything but enjoyed every minute of it!


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

After reading this wonderfully descriptive hub and seeing all the great pictures, I now will most likely take a trip to see Laos on my world tour trip. You know the one, from my bucketlist.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks Wes. That's so good to hear! There are several things that I didn't mention, but I hope I made up for it with the videos I included on my hub. Just hearing that you have an interest to want to go tells me that I wrote an effective hub! As always, I appreciate your comments. Thanks, Wes! If ever you go, I'd very much like to hear about it (and bring back pics!).


ugina 7 years ago

Beautiful country. Hope to visit someday. It is quite close to Bhutan and also the Buddhas are so similar.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, Bhutan is certainly close by when compared to the US! I've noticed a total of 3 similarities when comparing Buddhist sects that is always consistent: Each respective sect share the same views of 1) The Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha), 2) The Eightfold Path, and 3)The Four Noble Truths...Thanks for visiting, Ugina! It's good to hear from you.


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goodfangji 7 years ago

This is about the most gorgeous

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

wow....amazing place. especially Pak Ou Caves or Tham Ting Caves. it look wonderful, I think that is a great place to visit. I'll go there someday. thanks for share. I like this hub. great picture also


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, goodfangil (no more spamming please).

Thank you prasetio30! It's great to hear that you want to go there. I hope you do go and get to spend plenty of time (10 days at least) as you anything less would be insufficient!


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Oh, what a beautiful hub. The pics are gorgeous! Thank you dohn. Yes, it's now on my bucket list. I like the concept of the three Buddhas, too. You have written a great hub.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Paradise7! I thought you'd enjoy it. Someday, I like to take a schooner out and travel the Americas for about a year while writing a novel or two...But it'll definitely have to be before I get married.

I'm glad you enjoyed this!


dokdumduan 7 years ago

DOHNNNNNNNNNNNNN you do a great job to promote my country thanks again DOHN. do you come on sea game coming on december?. i invite to all come to viste my country, that is still more unseen.

i love you DOHN YOU DO GREAT GREAT JOB.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hahaha! I'm a Lao too, dokdumduan! I was born in Vientiane and came to the United States in 1980! (Bor leum sat Lao)

I really wish I could go there soon. I would love to go sometime very soon, to the place of my birth. My father built a "sim" in Pakse a few years ago to honor his village and his father. Thank you for the invite, however!


dokdumduan 7 years ago

wow you from pakse too? what a small word nor. happy to see you. i did read about you, and know that you are lao too, at first time i see your pic, i think you must be lao person, and see all you write about LAOS, how you know very well ans describe very good about laos. yin dee num der.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I love my country of birth. I miss it, despite the fact that I don't remember it, being too young to. I'm planning to go back very soon--within the next five years at the least. There is still much that I have to do before going. I appreciate all of your wonderful words, especially those in Lao. Soke dee. Yu dee mee hang!


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sheristeele 7 years ago from Siler City, NC

What a beautiful place! I have now found a new place to visit! THANK YOU


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thank you again, sheristeele. I appreciate your wonderful comments. I certainly will look forward to seeing you again!


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QouSay 7 years ago

Cool hub! keep it up.. =) i like the pictures. How much more if I were there.. Very nice..


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for that, QouSay. Experiencing it yourself is certainly unmatched. I hope you'll have the opportunity to visit one day. You won't regret it.


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

Wonderful hub, I've added this to my list of places I want to visit. I'd heard of it but didn't have anything to go on. Appreciate all the work you did!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That really means a lot, The Rope. It's good to get a pat on the back ;) I sure do hope that your road finds Luang Prabang, as I'm willing to wager you won't regret visiting! Thank you!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hi Dohn, I really wish I could travel more to Asia, I love this hub, I have been to Europe and different parts of the world but Asian places are just awesome, One day I will go there too, Luang Prabang-it is a UNESCO World Heritage City...

thanks for the feature about Asia and Luang Prabang..


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm really glad that you enjoyed this hub, Pretty as it's one of my personal favorites for several reasons. I hope that you do go one day as it will most likely change your perspective on life entirely. When Luang Prabang was indeed inducted into UNESCO I was thrilled to hear about it, mainly because it meant funding and a strong effort to preserve Luang Prabang's history and architecture. Thanks again!


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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

Wow! It looks fantastic - I should have gone when I was in Thailand but money was tight - my brother has always said Laos is one of the best countries he's ever visited though. Animism sounds interesting - my sister in law's Taiwanese and tells me that if you say nice words to water the particles in it are more beautiful - you see, even water should have rights! (I make sure I never upset my glass of water since she told me that).

I'm glad you explained the three types of Buddha because I'm always getting confused about that one - the story that always sticks in my mind is when one of the Buddha's wife gave birth to a child and he cried out 'ah, not another chain around my neck!' or something along those lines. It's always stuck in my mind though!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, his son's name is Rahula, I think. Translated, it actually means "rope" or aesthetically, "fetter." You really should visit Laos one day (not to mention ALWAYS listen to your brother,lol). That's really interesting about water. I've not heard of that one. Do you realized that we are essentially drinking the same water as the dinosaurs and micro oranisms, etc.? Crazy, huh?

I'm glad that you enjoyed reading this. This is actually one of my most time consuming hubs as I really worked my tail off on this one. It took me almost 40 hours in total to write it, so any compliments are never overlooked by yours truly :D Thanks as always, apricot!


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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

Interesting, that story about Rahula - I hope he didn't get a complex knowing he was called 'Rope' - I expect if he was the son of Buddha he would be above those things though!

Apparently the worst treatment you can give water is to put it in the microwave - the particles become 'ugly'. It is rather interesting - perhaps I'll have to write a hub on this one as well! (I'll have to do check the info with my sister-in-law first)

I can well believe you put 40 hours into this hub - it's incredibly thorough and fascinating - I shall be recommending it to my brother!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for reading this, apricot. Yes, this is perhaps my "Opus" as I'm very proud of the work I did for this hub. I had over 60 pics for this one and had to trim it down a bit. There were many directions in which I could have gone with this and so settled on what you see here.

I thought you'd like that part about Rahula :) Siddhartha believed that the Mara helped to place him on this earth as a means to prevent him from achieving enlightenment.

I do my best to stay away from microwaves as much as possible, as they destroy just about every valuable nutrient with every use!

Thanks again! I hope that your brother likes it :D


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Dohn I link this to my underground rive hub, Is it ok? Thank you Maita


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Maita. Of course you can link this hub! In all seriousness, you shouldn't even have to ask! xox

Dohn


Ms.Banlang Luangvija 6 years ago

Amazing job you did about Laos.I use your website as a reference for my students when they want to learn about Laos.Keep up with your fantastic job! Everyone enjoy your hub!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for visiting! I really appreciate your endorsement of this hub article. From the looks of your name, I'm guessing that you too are Lao, so for that, Korp jait lai lai! Thanks a million!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great Hub & Photos...Looks majestic!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Michael Shane! I actually consider this one of my best Hubs, hands down, as it took me nearly 40 hours to compile and complete.


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andromida 6 years ago

This is an awesome hub.I love to visit travel sites, seems like Laos full of natural beauty and have great countyside.I love to visit countyside, but my bad luck is: I never have the opportunity to live in such type of lush green places."Water buffalo passing through"-this is really brilliant.Do you have any plan to go back to Laos :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, andromida. Laos is really a marvel and Luang Prabang is fittingly the best Laos has to offer for so many good reasons. It really is all the best that Laos has to offer and is a perfect representation or Laos in a nutshell :D I am planning to go back in about 2 years and can't wait! Thanks, buddy!


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore

I'm bookmarking this for future use. Thanks!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, lilian_sg. I hope that you get the opportunity to visit Luang Prabang!


ken 6 years ago

Hi dohn121,

Very informative hub.

Thank for sharing.

You can read my Luang Prabang page below:

http://www.laos-travel-guide.com/luang-prabang.htm...

Good luck,

Ken


file 5 years ago

i need to find before der birth at laos to see


file 5 years ago

i need to find before der thao birth at laos to see der thao born at 1971


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Vera McCabe 5 years ago from West Sussex, UK

Hi Dohn, just came across your hub. It reminded me of my trip to Cambodia and Laos about 15 years ago. It was a wonderful and exotic experience. The people are the kindest and friendliest in the world. Luang Prabang has changed, I think, it looks a bit busier than I remember. But it sounds as if it has preserved its relaxed and calming atmosphere. I hope you had a chance to vist there yourself by now, or, if not, that you will be able to very soon.


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TravelinAsia 5 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

I have to go on a visa run in a few days, I am located in Chiang Mai, and I had thought of going to Luang Prabaang. After checking it out, it seems really hard to get there from here .. so I might have to give it a pass.


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Prisana 5 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

Hi Dohn,

This hub was excellent! Extremely well researched and a definite must read for anyone interested in visiting Luang Prabang. I just posted my own story on Luang Prabang and will add your link to my story. Voted Up!


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi Vera. Thank you reading my hub and commenting on it. Yes, I do agree that Luang Prabang has changed, but only in the sense that more and more tourist are indeed flocking there--much of it has to do with Time Magazine hailing it as the #1 Tourist Attraction in Asia. Despite all of this, Luang Prabang still maintains its culture and extravagance it's known for. Sadly, I have not visited LP just yet but plan to in 2012. Thank you so much for reading me!


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi TravelinAsia. I really hope that you do change your mind about going to Luang Prabang! The people and sites are worth venturing to alone! Look at it this way, I'm in the United States and I'm going to go to Luang Prabang next year. I mean, you're a lot closer than me! In either case, I thank you for reading and commenting. I really do appreciate it.


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Prisana for reading my hub. Thanks for the compliment! I worked hard on this hub and dedicated a lot of time and energy on it. I will be sure to read your story of Luang Prabang in return. In addition, I'll add your link as well.


AsiaTraveler 3 years ago from Bangkok

Cool Hub dohn. I went there myself with the slow boat from Thailand, which was an amazing experience. I love Luang Prabang


Traveljunkie2012 17 months ago

Luang Prabang one was of my favourite places on a recent trip round SE Asia. I was fascinated by the monks and temples, went to a great yoga class and fell in love with the scenery and locals. I also endured the funniest massage ever (nothing sinister about that comment!)


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Sam Shepards 5 months ago from Europe

Great article. Really enjoyed, had a great time in Laos a couple of years ago. Did relax in Luang Prabang and enjoyed reading, eating and going on a stroll.

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