06 October 2007 (The Star) – The Star posts a travel piece about the ancient capital of Luang Prabang in Laos.
What about Luang Prabang?
by Lim Chee Wah
Luang Prabang, the cultural capital of less-visited Laos, is one of the most mysterious towns in South-East Asia.
Luang Prabang is not easy to reach. Call me selfish but I would like to keep it that way. Getting to the place, 700m above sea level in Laosâ€™ mountainous northern region, needs more than just proper planning. It takes a good deal of effort as well.
You could reach this Unesco World Heritage town from Huay Xai on the Thai border, cruising on a slow boat through the great Mekong; that journey takes two days. A bus ride from Vientiane, the capital of Laos, lasts at least 11 hours.