Laos Attraction
About a mile north of Vientiane's city center is the most important shrine in Laos, the Pha Tat Luang, a symbol of both the Buddhist faith and Lao nation-hood.
Next to the presidential palace, in the grounds of what was once the royal palace, stands the Ho Prakeo, or "Hall of the Emerald Buddha." This building was once the private chapel of the King of Laos, and the only surviving part of the old royal palace.
Running parallel to the main Sisavong Vang Road from the Royal Palace Museum up to the back of Wat Xieng Thong is a small lane which can be more pleasant to walk than the heavily touristed main road. Along this route are several interesting temples. One of the biggest and most ornate is Wat Nong Sikhunmeuang, located roughly behind the Villa Santi Hotel.
On the south side of Phu Si hill, outside of the main area of the old city, is the very old temple of Wat Visoun, also called Wat Wisunalat.
Next to Wat Visoun and the That Makmo is the somewhat smaller temple of Wat Aham.
Between the commercial strip of shops and restaurants at the center of Luang Prabang and the Mekong River are two small temples. The slightly larger of these is Wat Xieng Muan. Its a charming little temple that almost always has a few young novices around to chat with foreigners. A lot of people pass through the temple to get from Sisavong Vang Road to the guest houses and restaurants along the Mekong River.
Along the main Sisavong Vang Road between the main commercial district and Wat Xieng Thong are a string of smaller temples. The largest and most ornate of these is Wat Saen.
Without a doubt the most popular day trip out of Luang Prabang is the trip up the Mekong River to the caves at the mouth of the Ou river (hence the name 'Pak Ou' - 'mouth of the ou'). Although you can make most of the trip by road, boat is the best way to go even though it does take nearly an hour to make the trip up river
See also
Wat Long Khoun(18-03-2009)
Wat Pra Buddhabaht(18-03-2009)
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