Royal capital of the Lane Xang period, religious center with countless temples – old and new, saffron-robed monks, sacred caves, French colonial architecture, melting pot of numerous hill tribes, precious Buddhist art and intricate textile design, huge sweeping tamarind trees and lush gardens, culinary delights in cozy historical atmosphere, laid-back pace of life – these are some of the undeniable trademarks of Luang Prabang.
No doubt, this jewel of unparalleled beauty in the heart of Northern Laos invites for a longer stay than for just a quick rush-through. With good reason has this gem, nestled in deep tropical forest and spectacular limestone formations, been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The province of Luang Prabang, is not less famed for its stunning landscape, dense forests, picturesque river systems, and colorful ethnic diversity. Nong Kiau and Muang Ngoi at the Nam Ou river are places of outstanding beauty that immediately jump into one’s mind. It is a rewarding destination for the traveler who is looking for great adventure, remoteness, unspoiled nature, and cultural authenticity.
Trekking, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, community immersion are some of the highlights Luang Prabang has to offer. Multiple-day treks to the remotest places are rewarding as is the direct contact with people of the forest still deeply immersed in their distinct, centuries old traditions. It is, of course, mandatory for every visitor to meet these hospitable people with well suited sensitivity and respect!
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