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    If you go

    If you go . . .

    What to do

    Wat Xieng Thong

    At the corner of Th Sisalernsak and Th Sakkarin

    In a town full of monasteries, this one justifiably is the most visited; about $2.50.

    Phousi Market

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    On Th Photisarat heading out of town to the southwest. Go early.

    Royal Palace Museum

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    Th Sisavangvong

    The main home of the late King Sisavang Vong and home to the tiny gold alloy Buddha the town is named after; about $4.

    Where to stay

    Hotel de la Paix

    Unit 4, Ban Mano

    Manomai Road

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    011-856-71-260-777

    www.hoteldelapaixlp.com

    A governor’s mansion turned prison turned elegant hotel. Rooms from $225.

    3 Nagas

    Ban Vatnong, Th Sakkaline

    011-856-71-253-888

    www.3-nagas.com

    Dark wood floors, exposed-beam ceilings, romantic balconies. Rooms from $125.

    Where to eat

    Tamarind

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    Ban Wat Nong

    011-856-20-7777-0484

    www.tamarindlaos.com

    One of the best spots in town

    to eat, ranging from deeply authentic to a slightly Westernized approach. Great for both first-

    timers and return guests.

    Entrees top out at about $6;

    fantastic fish barbecue on Friday nights. Reserve.

    Coconut Garden

    Th Sisavangvong

    011-856-71-252-482

    www.elephant-restau.com

    and

    L’Elephant Vert

    Ban Vat Nong

    Both run by the same Franco-Lao owners. L’Elephant Vert is the new vegetarian neighbor to the high-end L’Elephant and one of the few spots on earth where you won’t miss the meat. While Coconut Garden has a goofy name, the food is serious.

    Dishes $5-$10, but the tasting menu is well worth the $15.