Luang Prabang Possesses a Charm that Outshines Excessive Tourism

By Jeffrey Hardy Quah

November 2012 FEATURE
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Kamu Lodge
It’s boom time in Luang Prabang. Tourism figures have been rising after it was included on the Unesco World Heritage Listing, and after the New York Times ranked Laos number one on its “Places to Go” list for 2008.I checked into the Villa Maly, a lovely boutique hotel a short walking distance away from the centre of town. This establishment shows perfectly why Unesco decided that Luang Prabang’s art deco architecture is a heritage worth preserving; the building is a...

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Jeffrey Hardy Quah

is a freelance writer and editor.