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Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

Wat Xieng Thong
Perhaps Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple, Xieng Thong was built on the bank where the Khan and Mekong rivers meet. Dating from the mid-16th century, the temple was constructed in the Lao style of that period during King Say Setthathirath’s reign. Inside, visitors can admire religious artworks and artefacts, some of which date to the 12th century. This culturally valuable collection should not be missed by anyone with a keen interest in Lao history.

Dining & Shopping
Shopping in Luang Prabang is focused on traditional handicrafts, with sellers coming from far and wide to market their wares to foreign tourists. In fact, witnessing the interesting ethnic costumes of the sellers is perhaps the most interesting aspect of any Luang Prabang shopping excursion.

Among the products you will commonly find for sale are silk and cotton scarves and phaa sin (wraparound skirts worn by Lao women), all of which are woven using centuries-old methods. Prices are low, particularly if you make a purchase directly at the source rather than at a tourist-orientated store. Antique woven items are becoming increasingly hard to find and fetch large sums. Other fabric goods available include bags, quilts and wall hangings with distinctive Lao motifs.

Silver and gold jewellery is widely available, some of which is produced by hill tribes using designs and techniques that have been passed down for generations. Morning and Dala markets are good places to look for handmade jewellery and gemstones including sapphires. For the best in workmanship, pay a visit to Thithpeng Maniphone, who used to craft silverware for the Lao monarchy.

Aside from markets, there are an increasing number of up market handicraft shops located in the town centre, housed in old French mansions. Although often overpriced, their selections are tasteful and well-pitched towards western tastes.

There is an excellent range of eateries suitable for all budgets in Luang Prabang, from riverside cafés to up market French restaurants and local diners. The majority of restaurants are clustered along the central Chao Sisophon road and in and around Sakkalin road. In addition, there are dozens of Mekong-facing restaurants along Khem Kong road, many of which have decks overlooking the river. >>> Read more>>> Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13| 14 | 15 | 16 |