Luang Prabang

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    Luang Prabang was the capital of Lane Xang until it moved to Vientiane in 1560 by King Setthathirath (although Luang Prabang remained the country’s main religious center). The city’s contact with western emissaries occurred in the mid-17th century during the reign of King Surigna Vongsa. After his death in 1694, Lane Xang broke up into three separate kingdoms; Vientaine, Champasak and Luang Prabang.

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    The Whiskey Village (Ban Xang Hai) is located on the banks of the Mekong River, upriver from Luang Prabang, 20 kilometres by road. It’s impressive how rudimentary and traditional the method is, still using an open fire and earthen jars. A visit to Whisky Village is often included in a trip to Pak Ou Caves, since the two popular spots are located near one another on the Mekong River.

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    Tad Sae Waterfall is located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Luang Prabang. The waterfall is best seen during rainy season, between July and November. Despite not being as high as Kuang Si waterfall there are many more streams of water which cascade and make a thunderous sound following plenty of rain.

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    The Royal Palace Museum is situated on Thanon Sisavangvong in the city centre, just opposite the steps leading up to Mount Phousi. It is set back from the street in a park that also houses the National Theatre and several other buildings.

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    Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most important temples in the country of Laos. The word “wat” in Lao means temple, in this case, the Temple of the Golden City. Wat Xieng Thong is very old, built around 1560 by King Setthathirat, a patron of Buddhism, who ruled Laos from 1548 to 1571.

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    Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the many ethnic groups existing in Laos both today and in the past. This cultural display of arts and lifestyles reflect a very diverse ethnic population.

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    Pak Ou translates to ‘mouth of the Ou river’ with the first cave entrance of Tham Ting being very visible from the water; the higher cave is accessed by stairs. The Buddha images in the Pak Ou Caves assume a variety of positions, from meditation to peace and nirvana (the reclining Buddha).

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    Mount Phousi rises above the centre of the old town of Luang Prabang, and is situated between Thanon Sisavangvong and Thanon Phousi. From its peak you can look out over the entire city and beyond, with the Mekong River to the north and the Khan River to the south and east.

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    Kuang Si falls is a beautiful place where they have formed various levels of water falls in a natural environment of beauty without equal, where is also possible go for a swim, jump on liana from trees and for the more adventurous, climbing up to the rocks where the water with all their strength in Kuang Si falls.