Laos is still one of Asia’s most beautiful secrets. Take a glimpse of life from a simpler time, as hill-tribes retain their age-old customs and devout Buddhist monks collect daily alms. Even the capital Vientiane preserves a laid back riverfront style of life, retaining the charm and buzz of a provincial town. World Heritage listed French colonial town Luang Prabang’s tranquil atmosphere, charming villas and gilded temples make it an essential part of any journey here. Here are our top picks for any trip to Laos.