Nestled cozily between five countries, Laos is the least publicized destination in S.E.Asia. This little country was minding its own business with kings and vassals, and even the colonial intruders that was common in these parts, till it was inadvertently stuck in the middle during the Vietnam War. That war ravaged the country and stripped it of everything it ever had. Even today, there is a belt of land in eastern Laos that’s riddled with unexploded bombs and it is estimated that it will take a hundred years to clear them completely.
So what were we doing there, you ask? Tourism is a double-edged sword, but one of its perks is that it tries to preserve a location’s heritage, if only for a transit population. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its magnificent row of Buddhist temples from five hundred years ago. Now throw in stunning natural sights in the vicinity and European style cafes that cater to the backpacker circuit that passes through here, and you have yourself a town worth its salt as much as the other gems in the region.
Join me for a photo journey through Luang Prabang!