Nestled in a serene valley surrounded by soaring mountains, the historic town of Luang Prabang has a unique mystique unparalleled in Southeast Asia. Once the capital of the Lan Xang kingdom—the name meant “Land of a Million Elephants”—it later became home to the Laos royal family and one of the most important settlements in French Indochina. With such a rich story, it was recognized by UNESCO in 1995 for its outstanding fusion of Lao and French architecture, and the blending of these two distinct cultures. With exceptional beauty, Luang Prabang remains a hidden treasure of Southeast Asia, featuring authentic Buddhist traditions orange-clad monks continue to collect alms each morning -- and wonderful European charm, a town where you can savorr chocolate croissants with your café au lait.