Luang Prabang, which is situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers, was once the capital of Laos. Today, this quiet town is home to narrow streets lined with traditional homes and is dotted with beautiful Buddhist temples. Because one of the best ways to explore this city is by bicycle, many hotels provide them to their guests free of charge.
While in Luang Prabang, you will want to wake up early to witness the daily tak bat, where hundreds of the community’s monks, clad in saffron robes, silently walk through the streets to gather alms. At night, head to Luang Prabang’s Night Market, where you can shop for local handicrafts and inexpensive souvenirs. But don’t just stay in town. You’ll definitely want to travel to the surrounding countryside to view stunning Kuang Si Falls, the Tad Sae Waterfall or — for something a little different — wash and play with the pachyderms at the Elephant Village.