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Temples of Luang Prabang

There are a little more than 30 temples in the relatively small town of Luang Prabang. As if that's not a lot, the French counted more than 50 monasteries near the end of the nineteenth century. Most tours of the city will include Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai Suwannapumaram and at least a walk past the temples on Phu Si. For some, these may be more than enough. However, the many temples come in a seemingly infinite variety that can be worth the effort to explore. One added bonus to exploring the city's temples - especially on your own - is the high likelihood that you'll be 'chatted up' by one of the novices. These young monks are often anxious to practise their English skills. Its probably one of the reasons they entered the monastery (which may typically be for a period of three months to three years.)

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