Luang Prabang, Laos, in three days: holiday itinerary

Luang Prabang means “city of the Golden Buddha Phra Bang”, a 83cm statue of which is believed to be the source of the city’s protection since the 14th century. On his marriage to a Khmer princess, warrior Fa Ngum was given the diminutive statue by his father-in-law, the King of Angkor, and it has since bounced back and forth between Bangkok and Luang Prabang in wars with Siam (now Thailand). Since 2013, however, it has sheltered in the golden Haw Pha Bang in the grounds of the Royal Palace.

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