Luang Prabang Images Gallery 16 images Created 18 Dec 2008
Like everything else in Luang Prabang, the Mekong River never hurries as it passes by the town. The residents of this small city move along at a similar pace. Monks in orange robes and flip-flops stroll through the streets collecting alms at dawn. Children skip down sidewalks and play marbles. A chicken slowly pecks at the roadside by baskets of mangos. Visitors are soon lulled into the pace of life here, a treat for those of us that crave a slower tempo. Set in the jungle between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang was almost completely abandoned after 1975. Thanks to UNESCO naming it a World Heritage Site in 1995 as "the Best Preserved City in Southeast Asia" tourism has rescued the town. Visitors now come to explore 1000 year old temples and chat with the friendly monks, sip coffee on French colonial verandas and wander around in Luang Prabang's narrow brick lanes and markets. This is Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Lang Xang - Kingdom of a Million Elephants.