Once an ancient capital of northern Laos, the UNESCO World Heritage listed site of Luang Prabang is the very essence of charm and tranquillity. Set 700m above sea level at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, the city is surrounded by spectacular scenery of lush, green covered mountains, colourful flowers, sacred caves and waterfalls. The perfume of frangipanis and freshly made coffee and baguettes fills the narrow streets between crumbling French colonial buildings whilst bicycles and pedestrians rule the roads.
Luang Prabang is the spiritual centre of the country and saffron-robed monks trail the streets for morning alms and dwell in temples during the day. The city is home to over 30 gilded temples, including the stunning Wat Xieng Thong with its painted figurines and intricate coloured glass mosaics.