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Top 10 hotels and B&Bs in Luang Prabang, Laos

The Unesco-listed city where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet has charming accommodation options – downtown and around – that showcase its rich local heritage, as well as its French colonial past

The four rooms of the gorgeous Mekong Villa sit in the grounds of the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center. Just two rooms facing the Mekong have terraces but all four are beautifully furnished, one with a huge trunk-cum-desk and a red bathroom. You can hop from your bedroom to the alfresco Silk Road Cafe for a breakfast of wafer-thin and tasty Mekong river weed and buffalo chilli sauce washed down with mulberry tea, and then head to the craft centre to learn dyeing, weaving, batik and bamboo crafts. You’ll need to take the free shuttle to get in and out of town, but the leafy location, great cafe, buzzy atmosphere, onsite classes and textile designs of the rooms more than make up for that.
Doubles from $45 B&B, +856 71 212 597,

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Ice climber scales frozen Niagara Falls – video

Professional ice climber Will Gadd becomes first person ever to scale an ice wall at the Niagara Falls. Gadd says he had to do it after a part of the 167-foot Horseshoe Falls froze over due to the sub-zero winter temparatures. Gadd called the hour-long climb ‘really rewarding’, despite being battered by ice spray as the falls fell past him at 70 miles per hour Continue reading…