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  • Writer's pictureKristin

Laos | Luang Prabang

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Our first day in Luang Prabang we viewed the sights of the UNESCO World Heritage city. There is a very French feel to the city and much of the architecture reflects that from when the French occupied Laos for a couple different times over the past century. And as most of the towns, just watching everyday life was interesting in itself.

We visited the National History Museum, which is the old palace where the king resided before the capital moved to Vientiane. The museum had a few bedrooms and the king and queen's visiting areas made up to represent what it looked like during that time period. There were several other royal objects on display and in the back they had a small garage showing some of the royal vehicles.

We also went to Wat Xieng Thong, which is at the edge of the riverfront and is one of the oldest wats, built in the 1560s. The also had the royal carriage on display, which was used when a royal figure died and was cremated.

However, probably our favorite part of the day was the night market. They shut down the entire street in the evening for vendors to come out and sell their goods and we were able to find a few good souvenirs.

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