Laos is not high on most travelers’ wish list but it should be. This Southeast Asian country seems locked into time-honored traditions and a simple lifestyle embraced by incredible landscapes.
30 imagesLuang Prabang is a town by most of the world's standards – only about 50,000 people – yet it is the fourth largest in Laos. Designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers an array of gilded temples and statuary. You must experience the monks collecting offerings at dawn.
16 imagesLuang Prabang is surrounded by villages along the shores of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The best way to experience them is on a wooden slow boat. Reserve time for visiting Kuang Si Falls, a masterpiece of nature.