Luang Prabang, Laos
In a world constantly on the move, Luang Prabang offers a refreshing respite, proving that the art of slow travel is still alive and well. More tranquil than its neighbors like Vietnam and Cambodia, Luang Prabang sits cozily in a valley where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet. Here, French-colonial architecture stands side-by-side with ornate Buddhist temples and an assemblage of new luxury hotels and resorts. The upcoming Rosewood Luang Prabang (slated to open its doors midyear) is already making headlines for its tantalizing pavilion-style villas and luxury tents. Nearby Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport is also completing a terminal expansion to accommodate more global visitors than ever before, perfectly positioning this lush oasis to become Southeast Asia’s next rising star.