Luang Prabang may not be the capital of land-locked Laos but tends to be the city that visitors remember with the most affection. It is a compact and sleepy riverside town easily navigated on foot or by bicycle and dominated by the impressive presence of Phousi mountain. This small city is home to roughly 30 wats, the most famous of which is Wat Xieng Thong with its impressive gold and red colouring, but all contribute to its UNESCO World Heritage status.
From Luang Prabang head upstream on the famous Mekong River to explore the Pak Ou Caves which are crammed full with Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes or downstream to the pretty waterfalls at Khouang-Sy. There are also various Hmong tribal villages outside the city where visitors can take a stroll and get to learn a little of how these traditional communities live.