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Is Luang Prabang Worth Visiting

I would not make Luang Prabang a destination in and of itself. It is a worthwhile stop if you are planning an extended stay in Southeast Asia. The town itself is quaint, and a more relaxed night market than other Asia towns. Two nights here is enough unless you plan on taking cooking classes or doing excursions out of the city, which I did not do.

Paper Making in Ban XangKhong

Paper Making in Ban XangKhong

A small village right outside Luang Prabang. Women are making paper.

Joshua Metzger
This village should definitely be on your itinerary. A short ride from town. Very interesting and a lot of beautiful handmade items to buy.

Silk Weaving

Silk Weaving

Women make scarves, wall hangings and tablecloths from silk

Cluster Bombs

Cluster Bombs

These cluster bombs are on display outside of the UXO Museum in Luang Prabang

Joshua Metzger
Laos has many undetonated mines still in their fields. The museum was closed when we went but outside the museum these American shells are on exhibit.

Tracking Mines in Laos

Tracking Mines in Laos

Many landmines still remain from the war. Outside of the main museum in Laos is this whiteboard that tracks the number of mines found, the number of injuries and deaths. Years later, it is still a problem in the country.

Potent Rice Wine

Potent Rice Wine

Powerful. Alternatively, you can buy wine with scorpions in the bottle.

Two Boy Monks

Two Boy Monks

Two monks hanging outside of a temple in a village, Ban Xiengmene, across the river from Luang Prabang

Joshua Metzger
Near a Wat on other side of Mekong River from Wat Xieng Thong. I wonder how many times a day tourists like me photograph them.

La Residence Phou Vao

La Residence Phou Vao

A view from the dining room overlooking the pool. A nice place to stay in Luang Prabang.

Joshua Metzger
We stayed at LA Residence Phou Vao. Very friendly staff and Thomas, the manager, is great. The French influence is at work in this town. The croissants are excellent.

L'Elephant Restaurant - Luang Prabang - Laos P.D.R

Situé au coeur de la péninsule historique entre le Mekong et la rivière Nam Khan, l'Elephant est un restaurant français d'une architecture coloniale des années 60 installé à Luang Prabang au Laos. Une cuisine internationnale et laotienne réalisée à partir de produits locaux et de produits biologiques provenant de nos jardins.

Joshua Metzger
The site is in French so translate if you do not read French. This is one of the better restaurants in Luang Prabang. A good meal for 2 with wine will be under $80.
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