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World Heritage Site 479: Luang Prabang, Laos

World Heritage Site 479: Luang Prabang, Laos

“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.” – UNESCO Date of Inscription: 1995 Criteria: […]

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Vat Phou

World Heritage Site #481 :: Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape

World Heritage Site #481 :: Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape

Brief Description The Champasak cultural landscape, including the Vat Phou Temple complex, is a remarkably well-preserved planned landscape more than 1,000 years old. It was shaped to express the Hindu vision of the relationship between nature and humanity, using an axis from mountain top to river bank to lay out a geometric pattern of temples, […]

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Vat Phou

Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape :: About

Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape :: About

The Vat Phou ( Wat Phu ) ruins are eight kilometres away from Champassak township (where the boat will be waiting for you) and are reached by tuktuk taking around 30 minutes. The Vat Phou ruins are at the base of a curiously shaped 1416 metre mountain which has a flat narrow peak and steep […]

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Remains of the day

Remains of the day

The tiny temple of Vat Phou in Champasak holds a history that may pre-date that of Angkor Wat, writes Leisa Tyler. In the 5th century, Champasak was thought to be the centre of the Laotian universe. Today it’s a drowsy one-car village clutching the western bank of the Mekong River in southern Laos and home […]

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Travelogue @ Vat Phou

Slowly, along on the Mekong

Slowly, along on the Mekong

By Vipasai Niyamabha Special to The Nation A rainbow appears above the mighty Mekong river as I leave Si Phan Don in southern Laos. Dark clouds are steadily building up and as dusk approaches, rain becomes visible in the distance. Our small boat is heading upstream as the sky changes colour and the rainbow disappears […]

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Travelogue @ Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang…Time Almost Stands Still in Laos’ Once-Royal Capital

Luang Prabang…Time Almost Stands Still in Laos’ Once-Royal Capital

BY ALLAN SEIDEN – The Mekong River, stained a muddy brown with runoff from heavy rains the night before, makes its way quickly past the town of Luang Prabang (LP), a United Nations World Heritage site that was once the royal capital of the Kingdom of Laos. The boats and narrow canoes that travel the […]

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News @ Luang Prabang

The World’s Top Rated Destination that Nobody’s Going To

The World’s Top Rated Destination that Nobody’s Going To

By Mark Johanson Sure, it was New York Times number one destination in the world for 2008. Sure, it’s the Wanderlust Travel Awards winner for Top City in 2010 and 2011. But, nobody seems to be listening – and that’s a good thing. Somehow, despite all the accolades and gushing reviews, Luang Prabang, Laos remains […]

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Travelogue @ Luang Prabang

Wah, Laos

Wah, Laos

Luang Prabang’s laid-back aura is perfect for chilling out – just ask Mick Jagger by Mayo Martin SO THERE I was at a nightclub called Muang Swa. A live band was well into an all-Thai pop rock set. And the locals were, well, I had no idea what they were doing. It seemed to be […]

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Travelogue @ Luang Prabang

A delicate balancing act

A delicate balancing act

Commercialisation may be setting in, but Luang Prabang has lost none of its common touch and heritage Published: 2/12/2010 at 12:00 AM Sitting at the confluence of Mekong and Khan rivers Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos, is popular among tourists. Some of them travel there regularly as if on pilgrimage to its gleaming […]

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