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Luang Prabang,  Laos - flag Laos -  Louangphrabang
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Sojourn in Luang Prabang

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The streets of Luang Prabang are teeming with European and American tourists with a sprinkle of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. They quietly walk the streets--some biking their way around, some backpacking into the mountains and caves. The streets are lined with French caf├ęs and stores selling local products, mostly woven cloth. Occasionally, a Mercedez Benz passes obtrusively by, providing a sharp contrast to droves of orange-clad young buddhist monks roaming around, and local people in bicycles, and scooters.

The young buddhist monks outnumber the tourists. Monks sprouted in the streets like wildflowers, walking, walking, walking, seemingly with neither destination nor origin.

A whole street block comes alive when the night market opens with vendors slapping paper money on top of their goods for luck, tourists eating cheap barbecues and spicy vegetables on make-shift dining tables, and buyers negotiating prices.

Favourite spots:
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mekong river, river khan, the children's cultural center, the many, many temples that dot the entire place, and the french cafes. i love hanging out in the market, of course--there are just too many weaves and crafts to buy!

What's really great:
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tumtum cheng guesthouse, the french cafes, the temples and the mekong river

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mekong river

tumtum cheng guesthouse



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le cafe ban vat sene

Published on Thursday April 29th, 2004

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Sat, Nov 13 2004 - 07:38 AM rating by cycleboy

Laos must be an interesting country

Fri, Apr 30 2004 - 03:13 PM rating by travelalain

Nice report, it must be great to see those Budhist monks going on their trip or see the night market come to life.

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