Monday, January 5, 2015

Immersing in Lao Culture and Beliefs in Luang Prabang

Not crowded like Vientiane or effervescent like Vang Vieng - the backpacking heaven, Luang Prabang is the land of traditional culture and beliefs, and also an attraction for Laos trekking tours

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Luang Prabang night market is sparklingly beautiful with stalls covered red roofs that display all kinds of goods for sale like clothes, jewelry, souvenirs and lanterns.

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Locals sell crafts along Sisavangvong, the main walking street of this city.

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Travelers come to Luang Prabang usually really like cozy dinners in restaurants which is strongly Lao cultural in style.

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When morning is dawned, monks walk in long queues and gather alms on streets. That is the daily common image in Luang Prabang. 

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Wat Xieng Thong is the most important temple in Luang Prabang, built in 1560s. On holidays, dignitaries often hold a procession and bath for Buddha statues in order to show their devotion to Buddhism.

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Luang Prabang is the convergence of many wonderful products made by sculptors, turners, silversmiths and weavers.

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Silk products are made by women of Lao ethnic minorities.

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Mount Phousi is the easiest landmark for this small city of 30,000 people. Passing over a winding road and 328 steps, travelers will set foot on the summit.

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Flowing through Luang Prabang, the raging river Mekong suddenly becomes peaceful. Long tail boats gently glide through limestone cliffs and terrace fields. They seem to be witnessing fishermen casting net.

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Along Mekong river, travelers can explore Pak Ou caves, where store countless Buddha statues extremely impressive. These statues have accumulated over many centuries by locals and pilgrims. Hundreds of Buddha statues, which mostly made of wood, were laid on the floor and shelves on the wall of these caves.

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Trekking in Luang Prabang is the best way to discover the life of locals and enjoy stunning scenery. Pha Don Golden mountain, Pha Thueang area, Pak Ou caves and other villages along with jungles are great destinations for trekking. 

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Ban Xang Khong - a weaving village is located on the side of Mekong river, is well-known for the mulberry paper making.

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Ban Chan is a pottery village having about 65 households. Here, the residents often organize a traditional festival to welcome every child born.

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About 35km from central Luang Prabang, there is Kuang Si waterfall. This is not only an attraction, but also the place where indigenous people catch fish in the flood season.