Luang Prabang, Laos – highlight of unspoilt Asia ?

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It is a part of the human condition that we attract tourism to somewhere people are drawn to largely by the difference of the culture, scenery and weather and then work to model that place to reflect the culture and experience of its visitors. The Costa Del Sol of Spain has become “Britain in the sun” and, whilst tourism to South East Asia is far more diverse and complex in its markets, it’s also impossible to say that major destinations in Thailand and around South East Asia have not become to some extent changed in their character by the revenue to companies and to governments to be earned from tourism.

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Laos, in general, is a relative newcomer to tourism.  A landlocked country that has only fairly recently opened up to tourism, much of its charm and appeal lies in the fact that it retains the character which much of Thailand once had 40 years ago, and more, before it started to change to meet the perceived wishes of its tourists.  Luang Prabang is the focal point of tourism to Laos, because of its rich history as an ancient royal capital, its central location in Laos, its temples and royal palace, the echos of its French colonial past, its hills and rich, green vegetation, its broad, lazy rivers and its ease of access from Thailand and elsewhere.  But one of the first things you will notice on visiting Luang Prabang is the slow pace of life, the continuing daily rituals that have gone on for longer than anyone can remember and, in Green Season, especially, the relatively small number of tourists despite the status of this beautiful city as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Luang Prabang has a high proportion of Buddhist temples for its size of which by far the best known is Wat Xieng Thong, and the photo largely speaks for itself.  Wat Mai is also striking, as is Wat Sene – a temple built by Thais in the 18th century.  In early morning you will catch long lines of alms giving by Buddhist monks, as these temples are in active use as monasteries.  Luang Prabang is at the confluence of the Mekong and the Nam Khan and a boat trip in this unspoilt landscape is a treat.  Kwang Si waterfall is stunning with clear, cool water cascading over limestone formations and gathering into layers of stunning turquoise pools.  Not far from the waterfalls are the Asiatic Bear Rescue Center and Kwang Si Butterfly Park, both well worth a visit.

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Green Season in Luang Prabang, Laos – the period from now up to the end  of October – is a great time to visit Luang Prabang as the tourist attractions and all of the facilities for tourists are very much quieter, so you can enjoy the sights to the full and get a seat in restaurants without any prior reservation or queuing.

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Luang Prabang View Hotel occupies a commanding position on the top of a hill in Luang Prabang, 5 minutes from the city centre, with stunning views from its rooms and suites and from the striking convex pool and pool terrace over the surrounding city, hills, rivers and countryside.  The pool is the largest in Luang Prabang and a great place to relax and enjoy the heat of the day or the beautiful sunsets of the early evening.  With all of the facilities of a deluxe international hotel, including a large restaurant, cafe bar, SKYY terrace bar, spa and fitness centre, Luang Prabang View Hotel also retains traditional style and values of Laos hospitality.  Contact Luang Prabang View Hotel now for some great Green Season offers !

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