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    This month in Outside, Elizabeth Gilbert recounts her journey to Luang Prabang, a trip so magical she's afraid to ever return for fear of spoiling the memory. But that doesn't mean you can't take a peek inside Laos' little slice of Heaven.

    Above, young monks collecting alms from devout buddhists.

  • Photo: Shannon O'Donnell

    Street food in Luang Prabang.

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    Le Café Ban Vat Sene on Luang Prabang's Sakkarin Road.

  • Photo: Paul Wager

    A monk stands before a Tree of Life mural in Luang Prabang.

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    A bridge crosses the water near Tat Kuang Si falls.

  • Photo: Matthew WakemAurora

    Sakkarin Road, Luang Prabang's main drag, at dawn.

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    Limestone outcrops on Nam Ou river.

  • Photo: Thomas Cristofoletti

    Inside the Wat Pak Khan temple.

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    The Nam Khan River connects with the Mekong River near Luang Prabang.

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