Luang Prabang is located on a skinny peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. To truly appreciate the town’s setting, take a cruise along the Mekong, especially at sunset. Boat captains and operators can be found all along the road that rings the peninsula, offering both day and evening trips. During a sail, you might learn about the size of the Mekong—beginning in the Tibetan plateau and draining in Vietnam, it’s the 12th longest river in the world—or take in the mountain scenery outside of town. After dusk, the contrast between the bright lights of Luang Prabang and the darkness across the river is striking.