Luang Prabang: The Perfect Place

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.

(Grant Dixon/Getty)
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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.

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(Shannon O'Donnell)


Le Café Ban Vat Sene on Luang Prabang's Sakkarin Road.

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(Matthew Wakem/Aurora)


A monk stands before a Tree of Life mural in Luang Prabang.

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(Paul Wager)


A bridge crosses the water near Tat Kuang Si falls.

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(Grant Dixon/Getty)


Sakkarin Road, Luang Prabang's main drag, at dawn.

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(Matthew WakemAurora)


Limestone outcrops on Nam Ou river.

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(Grant Dixon/Getty)


Inside the Wat Pak Khan temple.

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(Thomas Cristofoletti)


The Nam Khan River connects with the Mekong River near Luang Prabang.

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(Christopher Wise/Redux)

Filed To: Asia / Laos / Food and Drink
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