Saturday Aug 16
Udomxai-The Heart of Northern Laos
Pak Beng, the town I'd slept in, remained a river town for the time being. Only one road led up and out of town, connecting the transportation route of the river to the greater world of the roads and highways, trucks and cars.
Luang Prabang restaurants awarded for safety and hygiene excellence.
Ministry of Industry and Commerce Minister Khemmani Pholsena awarded 'The Mark' certification to four Luang Prabang hotels and restaurants, the first to successfully pass a strict Chartered Institute of Environmental Health audit, which verifies they meet minimal global guidelines for food production and workplace safety and hygiene.
Temples and tranquillity
The first hint of the laid-back lifestyle that permeates Luang Prabang comes on the short ride from the airport into the heart of the former royal capital.
Southeast Asia's finest converted heritage hotels
The 32 original buildings that now house the all-suite Amantaka once formed Luang Prabang's old provincial hospital, whose first phase is estimated to have been constructed between 1901 and 1910.