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