Although it pales in scale compared with Cape Town in South Africa and Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, little Luang Prabang can make a solid claim to be among the world’s most beautiful cities. Nestled at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and surrounded by verdant green mountains, the Lao city certainly enjoys a very favourable location. Its visual appeal has, however, been enhanced by human hand, with its rich architectural heritage a large contributory factor to its status as a UNESCO-listed site. On this journey, guests will learn more about this proud legacy in the company of Francis Engelmann, an expert on Lao culture who will provide guidance. As part of the team involved in preparing the city’s nomination for UNESCO-listed status, Engelmann knows his stuff, and guests will find out more about the various kinds of architectural styles on display – from traditional wooden Lao homes to grand French colonial villas and Chinese shop houses.
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