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Luang Prabang , the jewel of Indochina, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, this ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains at the junction of the Mekong and its tributary, the Khan river (called Nam Khan).

With a population of about 22,000, Luang Prabang is a city where time seems to stand still.

We walked around the traffic-less roads and then climbed 228 steps up the Mount Phousi hill, in the centre of Luang Prabang. Beside offering excellent views of Luang Prabang, the Mekong River, and the surrounding jungle, the 100 meter high hill has some significant sites.

This is one of such view. The gilded Lao-style spire is that of the erstwhile Royal Palace, now converted into a museum. The front horizontal section, former reception areas of the monarchy, are now primary exhibition halls. The central golden spire covers the throne room. The roofs on either side of the spire and immediately in back of the spire (not very clearly visible here) were the private apartments of the monarchs.

The muddy waters of the Mekong, flows quite rapidly in this hilly terrain. Directly across the Mekong on the other side of the Palace Museum is the village of Xiang Men, which can be seen amidst the thick greenery. Small cultivation/farm lands can be seen lining the other bank of Mekong.

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