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Luang Prabang wins ‘Top City’ award, again

Luang Prabang, Laos’ first World Heritage listed site, was voted ‘Best City’ by readers of the UK’s Wanderlust travel magazine earlier this year.
Director of the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Soulithip Norkhunphonh, told Vientiane Times yesterday that the northern city won an award in the Top Worldwide City category in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards.
Wanderlust is a travel magazine that advises readers of the best countries, cities and places to travel based on satisfaction ratings and feedback from readers.
Mr Soulithip said “This is the ninth award for best city that Luang Prabang has receive from Wanderlust since 2006.  Some years it was one of the top ten best cities that we received recognition.”
He said the province continuously does well in the awards because local residents actively preserve their culture and traditions through events such as the Lao New Year, Boat Racing and the festivals that happen around the end of Buddhist Lent.   The smaller festivals celebrated by ethnic groups, the baci ceremonies, almsgiving and temple rituals also win favour from travellers.
The old city night market is also often mentioned as one of the city’s highlights because of the quality traditional handicraft products that are available, he added.
Luang Prabang has been listed by the international media as a top holiday destination many times previously.
Last year, the city was listed as one of the 52 top places to visit by the New York Times. It alos placed 52nd in the New York Times’ annual ranking of holiday hotspots.
Readers of the New York-based Travel + Leisure Magazine voted Luang Prabang one of the World’s Top 15 Cities to visit in 2016 and 2017.
In 2015, Qantas Travel Insider - an Australian travel website - listed Luang Prabang among 11 of the world’s most romantic wedding destinations.
Luang Prabang became Laos’ first World Heritage Site in 1995.   The second followed in 2001 when the Wat Phou temple complex in Champassak province gained World Heritage status.
The fascinating town of Luang Prabang is located about 400km north of Vientiane along Road No. 13.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update May 22, 2019)

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