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Luang Prabang

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Luang Prabang despite its important past as the ancient royal capital, is still a charming small town in a pleasant site, on the Mekong river, nested among high mountains. There are only little modern development and cars, making the town one of the most preserved of South East Asia. All the sights are well within strolling distance, as the historical heart of the town is on a kilometer long peninsula. Its importance as a religious and cultural center come from the more than thirty active temples. All this has begun to attract tourists, but just by crossing the river and hiking a bit, you'll find yourself in totally unspoiled villages.

It is expected from any young Buddhist man in Laos to spend some time in a monastary as a novice monk, preferably before his marriage. Because of that, there is a strong monastic life all over the country. The monks receive their food in the morning from the population, and then are not supposed to eat for the rest of the day, although rules are rarely observed rigidly. Those who feed them accrue some merit. Each morning, at the break of dawn, it is an impressive sight to see the Buddhist monks from all the temples walking in the streets, elders first, and receive their alms from the population.

The town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Dusk on the Mekong river framed by coconut trees. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Boats, sunset on the Mekong river. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Hills, sunset on the Mekong river. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) The town accross the Mekong river. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Fields on the banks of the Nam Khan river. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Women on the banks of the Mekong river. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Motorized rickshaw, typical of this area. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Old colonial houses. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Political propaganda poster. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Villagers attend a rooster fight. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Coaches take care of wounded roosters after fighting. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monk and his sister. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Two young girls at the market. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Young woman sells crafts on market. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Older woman wears a mix of tribal and western garb. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Traditional weaving in Ban Phanom village. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Paper making in Ban Phanom village. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monks reading. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist monks walking past alm-giving woman. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Morning alms procession of buddhist monks. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Woman gives alm during morning procession of buddhist monks. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Women line up to offer alm to buddhist monks. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist monks receiving alm from woman. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Women give alm during morning procession of buddhist monks. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monks inside temple. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Two buddhist novice monks at Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Novice Buddhist monk at Wat Pakkhan. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monk at Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monk, grinning because demonstrating ordained monks style of robe draping. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Drapped Buddha statues, Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddha statues on altar, Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Funeral vehicle at Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monk at Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monk stands at door of shrine, Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monk sits at door of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Buddhist novice monk sits at window of shrine, Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Front of the Sim of Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Rear of the Sim of Wat Xieng Thong with mosaic of the tree of life. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color) Mosaic of the tree of life on the Sim of Wat Xieng Thong. Luang Prabang, Laos ( color)
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