I wavered about exactly where to post this and eventually settled on the General Discussion.
I am a Kiwi expat currently living in Luang Prabang, Laos. Kind of a long story how I got here and I can supply a link to my personal travel blog if anyone is interested.
In my time here I have grown extremely fond of the town and the people. It's a strange place to live though, with this combination of Buddhist beliefs, burgeoning tourism, massive gap between rich and poor, history both obvious and secret and an overarching communist government.
The town was given World Heritage status 20 years ago which has stopped a lot of over rampant development that would otherwise have taken place. There is so much history here but it is mostly overseen by a myriad of government departments and you can imagine what that means in a communist government setting. Getting information on anything is like pulling teeth.
However, I want to put together a website about Luang Prabang focusing on it's history and trying to preserve and document it. I imagine that 99% of people who visit, even those who know it's a listed town, are not aware of the full details. Websites about Luang Prabang tend to focus on which guesthouse or hotel to stay at and which trek or elephant ride is the best.
The things I want to incorporate into my site include:
Detailed history of each Temple in town (36 within the Heritage Zone alone).
Recordings of oral histories from people (many in villages still can't read or write).
Photographic archive, both old and newer ones, to document changes in the town over time.
Video archives of events as well as a record of daily village life.
Detailed histories of listed buildings in town.
Archive of artifacts, both antique and currently in use.
Downloadable walking guides of the town.
Plaques within Temples and throughout town detailing landmarks.
I would love to get google to "streetview" some of the major Temples in town.
Do's and Don'ts for visiting Temples and interacting respectfully with Monks.
General history of the town and country.
I have been working on a google map ( https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zJXDrT-j8yaw.kxMNiYOAAfJw&usp=sharing
)with layers showing the different Heritage Zones as well as the locations of the Temples and listed building in those zones. Clicking on the points gives a name, photo, details of the temple or building. A work in progress at the moment obviously but something else I think would be important on my site as those points would have links to the detailed pages on the site.
So I am appealing to everyone here for comments and, especially, ideas. What would you like to see on a website about a World Heritage town before you visited and what resources would you like to have available to download or on the ground once you got there.
Thanks in advance.