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In Luang Prabang, there are more than 1,000 monks in a town of 50,000.

Ellen Himelfarb

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A street vendor in Luang Prabang sells “cobra wine” to passersby.

Ellen Himelfarb

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Temples are so magnificently frescoed and bejewelled that elsewhere they would merit pages in guidebooks – here they are barely identified, that’s how many abound.

Ellen Himelfarb

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Find Old World charm and an incredible pool at the Settha Palace Hotel in Vientiane, Laos.

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You might be one of only a handful of visitors on any given day at Shangri-Lao, an elephant sanctuary in the misty northern wilderness.

Ellen Himelfarb

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