The former royal capital of Luang Prabang is studded with historic temples and relics from French Indochina. Homestays in nearby mountain villages promise encounters with Laos' hill-tribe peoples.
Laos has an abundance of undisturbed wilderness and 20 designated reserves promising magical natural encounters. Eco-oriented programs such as the Gibbon Experience add ziplines and sleep-outs in the canopy.
Rivers are the lifeblood of Laos, and life moves to their ebb and flow. Laze beside the muddy waters, kayak deep into the hinterland or use the river as a highway from Luang Prabang to the Golden Triangle.