Photos of Luang Prabang, Laos

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First published 1st July, 2010

The highlight of many a holiday to Laos, Luang Prabang really can be as beautiful as they say. Sure the main strip can feel like a bit of a tourist trap at times, but it isn't difficult to wander off to find a bit of the serenity that first saw it become a "must visit" on the Southeast Asia tourist trail. The following pictures were mostly taken in and around the town itself.



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Limes, a crucial ingredient in tam mak hoong, set in a street stall basket.


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At the wat during Pimai Lao (Lao New Year). This multi-day ceremony cum festival happens across Laos but it is an especially big deal in Luang Prabang.


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Buddha detail beside window in Wat Aham, Luang Prabang.


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Atop an elephant during one of the "Mahout for a day" trips available out of Luang Prabang.


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Monks and their black umbrellas, during Pimai Lao.


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Enjoying a quiet moment overlooking the "other" river, which meets the Mekong at Luang Prabang.


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Actually taken a good way north of Luang Prabang (and quite a few years ago to be honest!), slow boats racing to get to Pakbeng first.


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Bicycle for hire, above the Mekong River.


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Chillis, another vital tam mak hoong ingredient. More the better!


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Swinging away at Kwang Si waterfalls, near Luang Prabang.

The above photos are all featured in our iPhone App for Luang Prabang. You can read more about Luang Prabang on Travelfish here.


About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.


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  • Wonderful photos! I plan to be there in six sleeps, can't wait to see the area. Thank you TravelFish for all the help during my planning stages. Your website is one of the best I have ever used for pre-trip information. Well done.

    Posted by Cheryl on 17th October, 2010

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