Luang Prabang, also known as Louangphabang, a city in Laos which lies at the confluence of the mighty Mekong river and the Nam Khan river. The country of Laos lies at the centre of Indochina peninsula and is landlocked by Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos is a favourite tourist destination among people from all over the globe and is known for its picturesque rugged mountains, rivers beds lined with tropical trees, paddy fields and plentiful cultural and historical sights. Luang Prabang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 and was describes as "an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions." by its global body.
Luang Prabang is a city influenced by the French culture, has many beautiful colonial villas with palm trees lined against the Mekong river which runs through the city. The city has a mix of traditional and modern architecture. With beautiful landscapes and river Mekong surrounding the city, there are a lot of natural sights like caves and waterfalls for you to visit. Back in the city, you will find murals and mosaics along the bright coloured walls of the many museums and temples that are spread across the city, predominantly showcasing the Buddhist culture. You can even sit back and enjoy a nice cup of coffee, enjoying French cuisine while reading a book at one of the many cafes situated along the banks of river Mekong or go farming the local way at one of the organic farms situated just outside the city. Whether travelling on budget or not, Luang Prabang has to offer something to every type of a traveller. The town is abuzz with a lot of backpackers and accommodation and activities are more expensive than the rest of the South East Asian cities. The locals are conservative yet friendly and this city must not be given a miss under any circumstances.
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