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Jul 14, 2004 - Ancient Capitol (Luang Prabang, Laos)

Although Vientiene is now the capitol of Laos, Luang Prabang once held that honor in ancient times as a plethora of wats, temples, monks, and royal palaces are scattered around this quiant town. Because of this, Luang Prabang has been designated a World Heritage Site, and definitely lives up to its special status. (I always kind of doubted the implied loftiness of "a World Heritage Site", but every one on this trip has been a highlight (Halong Bay, Hoi An, Angkor, etc.).) Because Luang Prabang was so quaint and endearing, we spent most of...

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Feb 16, 2004 - Luang Prabang, city of Wats and monks

32 wats to be precise. There used to be 66. We spent our time here relaxing, drinking Beerlao (pattern ?) and wandering round the city, well more of a small town. There were caves to explore and a couple of waterfalls but we couldn't get up the energy to go see them. The French used to say that "The Vietnamese plant rice, the Cambodians watch it grow and the Lao listen to it grow". A favourite Lao expression is "too much work is bad for your brain". When in Rome, etc. We enjoyed Luang Prabang but the scenery wasn't quite as good as Vang...

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Jan 5, 2004 - Relaxation in Princess's Palace

Now in Luang Prabang, an old French colonial own on the Mekong. It is just outside of here that the discover of Ankor Wat is buried, his tomb was only recently rediscovered and lies inaccessible amongst tangled vines and undergrowth. There is not so much to do here but rather just soak up the atmosphere. We are staying in an old chinese merchant's building in a room which looks like it might at one point have been part of a stable. i say that not because it is dirty or anything like that but rather because it has large double wooden doors,...

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Nov 24, 2002 - Luang Prabang

We went to visit a waterfall, maybe two. We walked through the jungle up to the top of the fall and right out on to its lip. This was suprisingly dry and non-slippy. Altogether quite a fun experience. And then the next day we got a bus to Viang Vieng.

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Nov 22, 2002 - Laos

And so we fly to Laos, a country that is both Communist and Buddhist. We briefly stop at Vientaine and then on to Luang Prabang in the north. A very small and very beautiful town, full of monks, temples and palm trees, nestling in a bend in the Mekon River. We had a beautiful hotel for one night - all hard wood - but then had to move. The first day we explored the town, and day two took a trip up the river to some caves. You can get to Chian g Mai from here along the Mekong on these mad rocket boats, but we were clear that did not look fun,...

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Jan 1, 2002 - Down the Mekong in Laos

Copyright 2004 David Rich 1200 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com D o w n t h e M e k o n g i n L a o s We shelled out six bucks a day and were down the Mekong River in Laos as long as we could stand it. It'd take ten days to boat from the Golden Triangle where Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar intersect, all the way to Cambodia, and we initially stood it for two. The trip started early in Thailand, a dozen nationalities skiffing across the hundred-yard-wide Mekong to Laos, standing in long lines to change currency at the only Lao bank for miles. After...

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