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Luang Prabang combines a spectacular natural setting and distinctive built heritage with traditional arts and crafts, food, language, festivals and rituals.

With its isolation having served as a shield against the forces of globalization, Luang Prabang is one of the few remaining historically authentic places in Asia. However, since it was ‘rediscovered’ by travellers a little over a decade ago, Luang Prabang has become subject to the pressures of an ever-growing tourism industry.

Because of its outstanding heritage values, Luang Prabang was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This drew international attention to the town and sparked a tourism boom. Since 1988, tourist arrivals into Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) have increased from a few hundred intrepid backpackers to more than 600,000 in 2003, with Luang Prabang being Lao PDR’s second most popular destination after Vientiane, the capital.

Luang Prabang Town, Laos
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Tourism brings with it the potential to boost the economy of rural Lao PDR and has already contributed to a new sense of identity and local pride in the culture and heritage of the town of Luang Prabang. Tourism brings money and jobs but inevitably the issue of cultural change arises and must be addressed. The historical heart of Luang Prabang, with a resident population of only 3,000, is a place of fragile beauty that is especially vulnerable to change brought from the outside.

The rapid increase in visitors to Luang Prabang has resulted in a correspondingly rapid and largely unplanned expansion of transportation infrastructure and accommodation facilities. In addition to the stress placed on the town’s public utilities-electricity, water, sewage and garbage collection the construction boom has created a demand for land within and around the town’s historic core. This combination of development pressures has placed critical stress on both the environment and the historic cultural resources of Luang Prabang, and threatens to overwhelm them.

Tad Sae Waterfall Kuang Si Waterfall
Tad Sae (Sae Waterfall) Kuang Si Waterfall
Luang Prabang’s residents have very quickly taken advantage of the economic benefits of tourism by finding work in many new tourism-related enterprises. However, traditional skills and long-established ways of life are at risk of being abandoned and ultimately forgotten. With the loss of the unique cultural values and practices of Luang Prabang, the attractiveness of the place as a cultural tourism destination will also fade.

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