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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang was the ancient capital city of the Lane Xang Kingdom (the ancient name of Laos). It was declared as one of the world heritage city by UNESCO. Luang Prabang has a lot of historical and cultural landmarks that are indescribably beautiful and unspoiled by the modern world.

Phra Thaat Phou Si - was built in 1804 and situated on top of Phou Si mountain in the center of Luang Prabang city. If you want to go up from the base to the top of Phou Si, you have to climb up the 328 zig-zag stairs up the hill slope. From the top you will be able to see the view of the city, from there you can also see the National Museum (used to be the King's Place). It has been told that you are still not in Luang Prabang unless you visit Phra Thaat Phou Si.

    To see some of the well-known places, click links below:

The National Museum - the former Royal Palace. In here you will find the richness of the Lao throne, gifts presented to Kings of Lane Xang from foreign leaders at that time and other invaluable antique. Just outside of the museum you will see the statue of King Sisavangvong made by former Soviet Union. Right in front of the King's statue is the Phra Bang Chapel which houses the Phra Bang (the holy Buddha statue that represents the city of Luang Phrabang).
Wat Xieng Thong - This is the most beautiful wat (temple) in Luang Prabang. It represents the truely Lao architecture and reflecting the lifestyle of the people of Luang Prabang. Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1560, it houses the royal urns used during a royal funeral ceremony.
Tham Ting- this is one of the most amazing caves in Luang Prabang. It is located at Pak Ou about 40 kilometers from Luang Prabang city. There are lots and lots of small buddha images inside the cave. No one knows how long ago that people took those buddha images and kept them there. Buddha images are made of wood, all sorts of metal and other materials. This place represents how much Lao people especially Luang Prabang people believe in Buddhism. You can go there by using speed boats or slow boats which give different kind of feeling.
Taat Kuang Si -this is the biggest and most famous waterfall in Luang Prabang. It is located 30 kilometer down south from the city of Luang Prabang. This is a perfect place for relaxation because of its fresh air and fantastic view. Around the area you can see how rural people live. In there you can also see many different ways that people use hydropower in their basic lifestyle.





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