Thursday, February 10, 2011

Luang Prabang

More than 5 years ago, one of my friends went to Luang Prabang. Luang what????
He shot some photos, black and white on film.

Impressed by the beauty of the place and the people and their culture, I decided to explore Luang Prabang myself oevr the Chinese New Year holidays recently.

Named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.

Besides the bilingual street signs (Lao and French) you can find baguettes and crêpes at almost every corner of this wonderful quant town. I ordered "deux chocolat chaud s'il vous plaît" and got 2 mugs of perfect hot chocolate - a great night cap after a whole day of photo hunting and food sampling.

Regardless weather you are an outdoor person or not, Luang Prabang has something to offer to most of us - from elephant ride to upmarket spa. Do consider this little town north of Laos to be your next holiday destination.

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