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Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

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As if visitors to Luang Prabang needed another excuse to get on the Mekong, the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden beckons on the opposite side of the river.

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With a stunning location at the base of its namesake cliff, the gardens are the first of its kind in Laos. Opened late 2016, Pha Tad Ke has been a huge undertaking, taking seven years to come to fruition. Now the 40 hectares of land (the grounds were the former hunting estate for the Lao royal family) require 50 Lao staff and a team of scientists and botanists. Though still in its infancy and developing its offerings, a full rainy season has unleashed the potential. Marked gravel pathways lead through thriving plots and habitats, from a ginger garden and limestone habitat, to an ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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