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Cultural Escape to Lung Prabang

A worker makes his rounds in the Old Town.

Photo: Morgan & Owens

In Luang Prabang, T+L revels in the winding lanes, ancient Buddhist temples, and buzzing markets.

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Destinations: Luang Prabang

Inspired by: Laos: Asia's New Cultural Hot Spot — by Guy Trebay, Published Jan. 2010

Hotels (3)

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    3 Nagas

    A 15-room boutique hotel, with traditional Lao details (clay tile roofs; teak floors) and an excellent fusion restaurant.

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    Amantaka Luang Prabang

    Built on the grounds of a former French hospital at the edge of town, many of the 24 suites have private plunge pools and outdoor seating; the publ

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    Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

    Positioned in the hills above the former royal capital (and now UNESCO World Heritage site) of Luang Prabang, this Orient-Express property is a cha... More

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Activities (7)

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    Wat Xieng Thong

    Temple dating back to the 16th century, set in a garden on the bank of the Mekong River. Located at the end of Souvannakhamphong Rd.

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    Wat Nong Sikhounmuang

    One of the city’s oldest temples, dating back to 1729, with a dramatic three-tiered roof.

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    Royal Palace (National Museum)

    The palace itself is a cruciform building that was constructed in 1904 for a francophone king who fathered 50 children and that is perhaps most fam

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    Pak Ou Caves

    High above the water, along steep steps cut into the pocked limestone cliffs, there are caves in which for centuries the faithful have placed Buddh

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    Silver Smith

    Work by the area’s most notable silversmith, Phothisack Rattanakone, can be found here.

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    Caruso Lao Home Craft

    Owner Sandra Yuck sells high-quality silk brocades and Western-inspired tableware made from Laotian woods.

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    OckPopTok

    A wonderful textile boutique; owners Joanna Smith and Veomanee Duangdala will ship purchases to the U.S. Pick up the handwoven, natural-dyed textil

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