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Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang

LUANG PRABANG, Laos — The 16th-century Wat Xieng Thong sits on the end of the peninsula of Luang Prabang’s historic district and has been immaculately preserved.

Luang’s Prabang’s That Chomsi

LUANG PRABANG, Laos — That Chomsi is at the top of a hill overlooking the old section of UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, offering wonderful views out over the town, nearby wats, Mekong, and the region.

Standing Stones of Hintang near Sam Neua Laos

The Standing Stones of Hintang

SAM NEUA, Laos — While the standing stones of Hintang in northeastern Laos don’t inherently convey the kind of majesty of Stonehenge or Easter Island, their mysteries remain just as deep.

Phonsavan Morning Market Cooked Food

Phonsavan’s Morning Market

PHONSAVAN, Laos — At Phonsavan’s morning market you can sit for a tasty bowl of freshly made steaming pho for breakfast or buy some local fruit. You can find much that looks familiar, and quite a lot that doesn’t.

Luang Prabang’s Morning Market

LUANG PRABANG, Laos — Southeast Asia’s morning markets are much more interesting than the night markets. Luang Prabang’s morning market is no exception.

Luang Prabang Haw Pha Bang Royal Palace Museum Naga

A New Home for Phra Bang

LUANG PRABANG, Laos — From its fearsome gold naga guarding the main stairs, its incredibly lavish gold and red interior, and multi-tiered roof, the Haw Pha Bang at Luang Prabang’s Royal Palace looks ancient. But it’s not.

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Wat Si Saket, Vientiane

VIENTIANE, Laos — Wat Si Saket (or Sisaket Temple), with an impressive collection of 2000 Buddha statues, is reputed to be the oldest Buddhist temple still standing in Vientiane.

Photo of Boys on a bike with sunset on the Mekong in Vientiane Laos (Viang Chan)

Vientiane, City on the Mekong

VIENTIANE, Laos — Vientiane’s waterfront seems purpose-built for beautiful sunsets. With a wide promenade and park, it’s well used. And right across the river is Thailand.

Passenger boats in Nong Khiaw, Laos

The River Outpost of Nong Khiaw

LUANG PRABANG, Laos — Nong Khiaw is a small riverside town in northern Laos on the Nam Ou (River Ou), It’s dramatically framed by steep, rocky karsts and beautiful countryside.