In 2004, I had the supreme pleasure of visiting Luang Prabang, a place like no other I had ever seen. At that time, it was a stunningly beautiful, sleepy little corner of northern Laos. It quickly became my favorite destination in Asia.
UNESCO recognized this former capital as a World Heritage Site in 1995 for its seamless blend of traditional Laotian and French architectural styles. Eight years ago, we wandered the town’s dirt roads by foot and were delighted by the endless array of historic temples. Set along the Mekong River, the town’s only sign of past discord could be found in the used US missile casings, leftover from the Vietnam war and now serving as planters and vases.
Next month, my family will return to Luang Prabang. I hear it’s not so sleepy these days, but I am hoping it has retained the beauty I remember so well.
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