Luang Prabang is a lovely mountain town in northern Laos situated between the Nam Khan River and Mekong River. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit! There’s not much to do in town other than eat, shop (they have a great night market), and get massages (what a deal at 35,000 kip an hour!). There are lots of day trips you can take: waterfalls, caves, kayaking, trekking, elephant camps, etc. I went to Kuang Si Falls and Pak Ou Caves (separate reviews will be posted shortly).
Note to travelers: The bus ride from Vientiane is long and bumpy! (I chose not to visit Vang Vieng as I am alone and it sounded too much like a party town.) Definitely book the sleeper bus! I didn’t and I regretted it. The “VIP” bus I booked was cramped, dirty, and hot. It was supposed to leave at 7:30pm but took off around 8pm and arrived in Luang Prabang around 8:30am the next day. We stopped often (once for an hour and a half!).