Before 1975, Luang Prabang was the capital of the Kingdom of Laos, but is now a provincial capital 425km north of Vientiane capital. In 1995, Luang Prabang was recognized by UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural heritages.
There is a legend associated with Luang Prabang is that in the past, there was a god who queried man: How many times a man’s face changes? People respond: All three times, in the morning wake up to wash the face, lunch at the road wearing a hat and the evening before washing his feet. God gave up and cut off his head for human beings. However, since then, every year people have to water the head of the gods, otherwise the land will be drought. The seven beautiful daughters of the gods bathe their heads every year.
Today, before the festival on April 15, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang held a contest to select the seven most beautiful girls participated in the rain water Buddha. That legend has made Luang Prabang a sacred place in the heart of every Lao. In Xieng Khouang, Nick – the young driver of a tuk-tuk who accompanied us during the trip said that every Lao, who wished once to Luang Prabang.
Explore the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, Laos
In addition to the Kuang Si Waterfall, which is 29km from the center, it has green water as a jade and still has fresh wildlife. If you like it, you can also take a bath at the shallows and lakes, cool. The magnificent golden Royal Palace Museum or the ancient Wat Xieng Tong Pagoda, which overlooks the Mekong River with its impressive array of monks and nuns. this country. But not only Luang Prabang, not only pristine or ancient and unholy, but also wild and close.
Early dawn, each monk in a yellow orange robes travel all the way. This ritual is still respected by the men, women, children respectfully knelt in front of the house, hands placed on the gift of food to the monk. When the delegation arrived, the two sides respected and received this gift, even if it is a regular occurrence every day. Finished, people are still kneeling there, listening to a short chant as the blessing from the monks.
Finishing the litigation, the two sides exchanged vigilance. When the monks go out, the person who has just given alms to stand up to open the gate to enter the house. That image speaks volumes about why today some researchers have voiced the concern that Luang Prabang is torn between preserving the heritage and trying to escape poverty.
We pick up the tuk-tuk on the street. Tuk-tuk here is the most interesting driver because of the ten drivers, all ten are good at foreign languages, first in English, then in Vietnamese! It is safe to travel here because language is not a problem. Most of Luang Prabang people also know Vietnamese because the Lao people come to Vietnam to study a lot, but the Vietnamese people living in Laos also crowded. It is said that many Lao officials have been trained in Vietnam. It is therefore no wonder that when you arrive at the Nam Bo border gate, you will be asked by Laos customs staff to add 5,000 kip to your passport if you want to get in quickly!
As the street lights up, the pilgrims pull together for a walk with. At the foot of Mount Pousi, right on the asphalt road around the foot of the mountain there are rows of bright red tents, prepared for the night market near river bank. Standing down from the mountain looking down, the shimmering market, glowing red light under the red roofs and man muscle, brilliant colors of portable, curtains, covers, tablecloths, scarves Luang Prabang is not an ancient city with traditional embroidery.
Unlike Singapore’s China Town, Hong Kong’s Mongkoh, or Ben Thanh Market in Vietnam which is full of souvenir items like locks, model cars, toys that were born in the same factory in China. Luang Prabang Night Market only sells hand-made embroidery and typical Lao handicrafts www.indochina-package-tours.com/travel_guides/. Sophisticated lines, classic designs and very courteous, rich colors of the pillow, the sarong will make visitors look not tired eyes. The price is very soft because you can buy a set of six pillows with all kinds of patterns handmade embroidery detailing only cost 60,000 kip (less than 120,000 Vietnamese dong).
Interestingly, due to its mountainous terrain, forested on three sides, along the river, Luang Prabang has a variety of natural products to create a diverse culinary culture. You can see the street signs in Vietnamese in front of the restaurant There are mountain goats, chicken hills. Just go out to the suburbs a little, you can see the herd of macadamia goat three as in Vietnam raising cattle travel on the highway. Chicken in Luang Prabang does not have to be industrial so delicious, fragrant and firm. The most interesting is the pork. Here, the breeding has not been overgrown with pills, so the pork is very tasty, crispy and smooth like wild boar.