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You will find this city's name written in both ways. LP is a nice old colonnial town in the shore of the Mekong River, roughly in the middle of the north part of the country.
There you can find peaceful little monasteries with orange dressed monks, beautiful temples and charming 1940's french architecture.
To get there from Vientiane, the capital, you can fly (45 minutes), take the morning bus (9 hours) or the Mekong boats (3 days). The fastest, the less charming, of course...
There are buddhist temples and monasteries in every corner at this little town, it's incredible.
The most original and interesting place are the Tim Tang Caves, about 1 hour up the Mekong by boat. Here you find hundreds of Buddha Statues of all materials and sizes inside a cave.
But the most rewarding experience for me was waking up early and see the monks doing everyday labours at the courtyards. Such a peaceful atmosphere...
Here you can still find old colonial french architecture, 2 storey houses with nice verandas, amazing gardens and all of them with a traditional lao touch: those roofs, some doors, the tiles...
Mount Phousit summit is a perfect place to see the sunset in LP. From there you can have a wonderful view of all the... more travel advice
There are at least 3 daily buses from Vientiane to LP. The first one leaves at 7:30. It takes 9 hours to get to LP, as... more travel advice
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