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China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY TRAVEL -

Many down­town tourist agen­cies in Luang Pra­bang of­fer trips to the out­skirts. They have leaflets avail­able out­side their doors. to the high­est pool via wooden steps and dive down to the lower pools. Fam­i­lies with chil­dren frolic in the low­est and largest pool, their laugh­ter echo­ing against the moun­tain.

There are zip lines for ad­ven­tur­ous visi­tors. Moor­ing ropes are con­nected through poles erected among the trees and equipped with spe­cial fa­cil­i­ties, and peo­ple are slung along the zip line, slid­ing down from the moun­tain­side to the foot, like birds fly­ing through the for­est.

The most en­joy­able ac­tiv­ity for some is the ele­phant ride. A wooden seat on the back of an ele­phant seats two peo­ple, for bal­ance. The trainer rides on its neck, lead­ing the way through woods and wa­ter. Older ele­phants are well trained and fol­low in­struc­tions, while younger an­i­mals tend to wan­der off against their train­ers’ wishes.

There is a restau­rant fea­tur­ing both lo­cal meals and fast food, all served with an ex­cel­lent view of the wa­ter­fall.

For other ac­tiv­i­ties in Luang Pra­bang, tourists can cruise along the Mekong River, ex­plore the Pak Ou Caves, and visit the weav­ing vil­lage of Ban Xang Khong and the pot­tery vil­lage of Ban Chan. Another scenic spot is Nam Ngeum Lake, in­side Vi­en­tiane Prov­ince, which bor­ders Luang Pra­bang to the north.

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