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The road from the Thai border to Luang Prabang winds through beautiful rugged green peaks and the occasional bamboo hut style village. It's like stepping back in time. There are no built up areas at all and very few brick or stone built buildings. Luang Prabang itself is a small and picturesque French colonial town sat on the banks of two main rivers, the Mekong and the Nam Khan. On every street there are temples and monks in orange robes. Whilst here I went on a boat trip to visit Pak Ou caves in the limestone cliffs on the banks of the Nam Khan river. The caves have been used as a Buddhist temple and are home to a multitude of Buddha statues left by pilgrims over the years. I also visited the turquoise Tat Kuang Si waterfalls which were really impressive, and cold, which is a godsend in the 40+ degree heat.

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