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Travelogue: Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is the old capital of Laos, from before the communists took over and moved the capital to Vientiane.  As such, it has all the museums, most of the culture, and is probably the most popular tourist destination of Laos.  And in hindsight, Luang Prabang is probably the only place really worth visiting in Laos.
Luang Prabang - panorama Mount Phousi view 1
Luang Prabang - panorama river view 2

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Travelogue: Slow Boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

After crossing from Thailand into Laos (from Chiang Rai to border town Chiang Khong, then crossing to border town Huay Xai), I took the famous (and infamous) slow boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang.    Spanning two days and 300 kilometers, the slow boat is a meandering ride down the Mekong.  Depending on the clientele, you can have two types of boats – the typical backpacker ‘party’ boat, and the more serene, relaxing boat.  Thankfully, I ended up on the relaxed boat, and read my way down the river.
Huay Xai to Luang Prabang - panorama morning view

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