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Luang Prabang, Laos

Written on: Sunday December 9th, 2007

A journal entry from: South-East Asia, 2007

What a lovely, charming, quiet little city. Luang Prabang has been granted World Heritage City status, thus the old buildings, wats, and temples in the old city are all being maintained or restored. There are no buses or trucks or heavy traffic allowed in the old city, and there is an 11:30pm curfew. The streets and lanes are lined with palms and flowers and so, as I said, it is completely charming.

It is a former Royal City, where Kings and Emperors lived, and there are exotic Wats on almost every corner. It is situated, as so many of the places we've been lately, on the banks of the Mekong River -at the confluence of the NamKhan river, and so the river lifestyle and ambiance is also found here. And of course, it is a market place for many ethnic peoples who live in the north of Lao, so the weavings and fabrics and handicrafts are abundant and incredible. Oh, and did I mention, the food and the BeerLao is great here too!!!

We have a room in a little guest-house with an internet cafe looking over the Mekong and all the riverside restaurants, so it is a wonderful place to spend a few days to sightsee, visit the nearby waterfalls, relax, and shop before continuing our trip through northern Laos and Thailand and finally flying from Bangkok back to Hong Kong on Christmas Day (and subsequently back to Canada on Dec.27th). We will be leaving here tomorrow, Dec.10th, for some smaller places further north in Laos, so may not have internet access for the next week or so. Keep watching for further updates as soon as we are able.

Love from Lao!!!