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Luang Prabang, an old town on the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, in northern Laos, has lots to offer the tourist or traveler, including loads and loads of pretty wats to visit—and plenty of opportunities for daily excursions, souvenir shopping, surfing at any number of internet cafes, chowing down on western food (tired of noodles already?!) and, of course, those early-morning mass-monk-sightings!
Quoting our Lonely Planet guidebook:
"The Luang Prabang area was the site of early Thai-Lao meuang [districts] that were established in the high river valleys. Luang Prabang remained the capital of the Lan Xang kingdom until 1545.
Even after the Lan Xang period, Luang Prabang was considered the main source of monarchic power. It wasn't until the Pathet Lao took over in 1975 that the monarchy was finally dissolved.
Today, Luang Prabang is a sleepy town of 16,000 inhabitants with a handful of historic temples and old French mansions in a beautiful mountain setting..."
We actually found this "sleepy town" to be a fairly busy, touristy place, but still full of enough reasons to make the visit. It also happens to be a good port of entry/exit with northern Thailand, along the Mekong—which is certainly more comfortable, and scenic, than all those bumpy, dusty roads.
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