When world-class comfort and spiritual sustenance are combined, Luang Prabang lowers your heartbeat and sparks your creativity. Nowhere else can rival the romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese palaces, and superb fusion cuisine that make up this Unesco-protected gem, which is located at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River).
Luang Prabang has had an investment boom over the past 25 years, with some of Southeast Asia’s top chefs relocating there and once leprous French houses being renovated into stunning boutique hotels. Even though the peninsula’s population has increased, it still feels like a peaceful, sociable village, as if time has stopped here.
Aquamarine waterfalls, top trekking routes, winding mountain bike trails, kayaking excursions, river cruises, and amazing natural beauty are all located outside the obvious history and tradition of the old French town, and the entire ensemble is surrounded by hazy green mountains.