Lay of the Land
Located in north central Laos, Luang Prabang is framed by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The city is presided over by Phou Si, a steep hill that can be climbed for the best views (Wat Chomsi, a small Buddhist temple sits on top). Luang Prabang, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1995, is renowned for its many (working) Buddhist monasteries and temples, which are folded into the town’s streets and alleys. The main thoroughfares are Sisavanvung (along which runs the famous Night Market), Sakkaline, where you can find such cafés as Ban Vat Sene and 3 Nagas, Soulignavongsa, which runs along the Mekong and Kinkitsalat, which runs along the Nam Khan river.