This month in Outside, Elizabeth Gilbert recounts her journey to Luang Prabang, a trip so magical she's afraid to ever return for fear of spoiling the memory. But that doesn't mean you can't take a peek inside Laos' little slice of Heaven.
Above, young monks collecting alms from devout buddhists.
Street food in Luang Prabang.
Le Café Ban Vat Sene on Luang Prabang's Sakkarin Road.
A monk stands before a Tree of Life mural in Luang Prabang.
A bridge crosses the water near Tat Kuang Si falls.
Sakkarin Road, Luang Prabang's main drag, at dawn.
Limestone outcrops on Nam Ou river.
Inside the Wat Pak Khan temple.
The Nam Khan River connects with the Mekong River near Luang Prabang.