In the evening, the otherwise dormant French restaurants spring into action to serve up refined meals of coq au vin (chicken cooked in wine), followed by crème brûlée (custard and caramel dessert) and accompanied by an imported bottle of French wine. Authentic Lao food is also a must-try, with spicy combinations eaten with the ubiquitous ‘sticky rice’ that is grown in this region.
Accommodation is varied and plentiful, with restored heritage houses offering comfortable and intimate stays. Large hotel chains haven’t found their way here yet, but there are still some luxury options for those looking for a colonial touch of class.
The delightful holiday spot of Luang Prabang regularly keeps visitors here for much longer than planned. Hospitable locals make stays here even more enjoyable and the range and charm of hotels ensures you can enjoy the tranquility of Luang Prabang in comfort.
Ethnically, the Lao people originated from southern China, settling in present day Laos from the 13th century onwards. The Lao Kingdom of Lan Xang (meaning ‘Kingdom of a Million Elephants’) became a powerful player in Southeast Asia and its territory covered much of present day Northeastern Thailand.
Luang Prabang remained the capital of the kingdom until 1545, when it lost its capital and administrative status to Wieng Chan, now Vientiane. The royal palace, however, remained in Luang Prabang and the city continued to be the country’s monarchic powerhouse until the communist takeover of 1975.
The eventual fall of the kingdom resulted in many principalities coming under Siamese or Vietnamese control. However, the French put a stop to the absorption of Laos by its neighboring states when it established a French protectorate in the late 19th century.
Development under French rule was slow compared with that of neighboring countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam. Despite a lapse in French control during the WWII Japanese occupation of Laos, the French resumed leadership at the end of the war, sparking an independence movement known as the Lao Issara among the Laos people. The movement was successfully suppressed by the French with the support of the Lao king and crown prince. >>> Read more>>> Page | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13| 14 | 15 | 16 |