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Lingering in Laos: Mind and spirit in harmony
Lingering in Laos: Mind and spirit in harmony

I broke my own cardinal rule of travel, which is this: If you're going to visit a country, start in its capital to embrace the cultural customs and nuances of a new destination. For Laos, that would be Vientiane, which sits on a plain that's northeast of the mighty Mekong River. I considered my options to get there from northwest Cambodia, where I had been doing research and writing two articles for a legal publication. If I backtracked to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, or spent a couple of days overland in dusty and stomach-churning travel, I could do it. Instead, I took a 90-minute flight to Luang Prabang, the crown jewel of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ...

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