Luang Prabang

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Is a wonderful blend of old Lao wooden houses with traces of the influence on the architecture of the former French colony of Idochine

The old heart of the city occupies a peninsula bounded by the two rivers

Steps down to the Mekong Confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers
UNESCO having declared it a World Heritage Site in 1995, is in the process of replacing  the old narrow streets linking the river road to the town with new illuminated brick pathways and a modern drainage system.   We also saw signs of a recycling programmes  which augers well for the future
Buddhist Ritual Tak Bat

Shortly after dawn monks file past Wat Pha Mahathat then throng the narrow streets down to the riverside collecting alms  Men stand to make their offerings, women sit or kneel.   As of 2007 the route no longer included the main or river road

 Wat Xieng Thong circa  1560

Monks returning after Tak Bat relax beside the mosaic decorated Red Chapel
 The mosaics depict religious and day to day life of ordinary Laotians. They were added in 1957 to celebrate the 2500 yr anniversary of the death of Buddha

By the Mekong, near the meeting point of the two rivers King Setthathiraththey  built his Classic sweeping sim Luang Prabang style temple.  It is one of only two temples spared by the Black Flag Haw when they sacked the city in 1887

 

Calling For The Rain , Royal Funeray Carriage House

Pavilion of The Seated Buddha

Facing the Tree of Life Mosaic on the back wall of the Wat

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In 2005 the monks were building,.This is what they built (2007)

Mount Phousie      

There are three pathways up the 'Sacred Hill,  we choose to take the steps from  the Nam Kahn, as it is a more interesting route than the shorter one from the Mekong side.  We walked in one direction and came back down to the former Royal Palace.  Because of it's 360 degree views it is popular for sunset, but much much quieter at sunrise

Climb Mt. Phousi from the northern side for Nam Kahn views

Descend to the South East with views over the city to the Mekong

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