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allow at least five days to take in this wonderful town The town's main

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 Luang Prabang has a habit of putting paid to planned itineraries, so be sure to
allow at least five days to take in this wonderful town The town's main
attraction is its breath-taking cultural heritage Increasingly popular as a base
for exploring the surrounding area, Luang Prabang is also an equally good
spot, after changing down a couple of gears, to totally unwind by the mighty
Mekong and just watch life glide by The 1995 UNESCO report which
declared Luang Prabang a World Heritage site described the town as the
best-preserved traditional town in SE Asia
 It was also recently voted the world's top destination for the third successive
year by Wanderlust magazine, whilst Laos was judged the best destination
country by The New York Times Cradled in its mountainous eyrie, the town's
location is as stunning as its temples are resplendent Like an earl's fading
finery, Luang Prabang's somnolent streets slumber on, largely unchanged
since its ancient royal capital days Aside from smelly drains, Luang Prabang,
whose name means -Golden Buddha Capital', exhibits few flaws
 Tourists are usually reluctant to leave the bicycle-paced cradle of Lao culture
and often tarry longer than planned The attraction stems partly from the
terrain, as the one-time royal seat of Laos sits at the junction of the Mekong
with one of its tributaries and is encircled by an amphitheatre of limestone
peaks It even has its very own mountain right in the town, which rises steeply
up behind the main street The town is occasionally busy but rarely frantic and,
thanks to strict planning regulations, is devoid of eyesores
   Time seems to have stood still in this special and serene place In this
respect it resembles the unique Italian city of San Gimignano, whose
tightly-packed sixteenth century stone skyscrapers were left untouched for four
hundred years when all the inhabitants died of the Black Death Due to its
isolation, Luang Prabang has preserved an older and slower way of life: old
Asia, Asia without the crowds, Asia without the traffic, Asia where people have
enough time for each other, enough time for themselves saffron extract
Luang Prabang seems almost camouflaged by palm trees and dense tropical
foliage: from above, only golden-spired stupa roofs are visible, shimmering
above the greenery
 First-time visitors to this treasure trove of Laos culture are advised to devote
at least the first day to taking in the stunning architectural display, with
French-colonial chic married to Buddhist splendour to elegant effect At dawn
scores of saffron-robed, alms-hungry monks file from the monasteries into the
streets in a ritual that has become emblematic of the city's identity The orange
in the monks' robes is accentuated by the soft morning light in a scene framed
by russet monastery roofs, palm trees and whitewashed colonial housing
Within an hour, the monks have completed their rounds and melted back into
their monasteries
 Although this daily ritual can be seen all over southeast Asia, it's particularly
striking in Luang Prabang because of the density of temples and the
concentration of monks: out of a population of 15,000 residents, there are over
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