The joy of exploring Luang Prabang comes from slowing down and allowing enough time to let the city's blend of cultural influences wash over your senses. Begin your day early by watching morning alms, the daily ritual in which novice monks receive their food from devoted townspeople. Afterwards, go to the morning market in the alleys behind Sisavangvong Road or to a French café for breakfast. As you walk the lanes of the UNESCO-protected peninsula, you’ll see traditional wooden Lao structures next to French colonial brick houses and centuries-old Buddhist temples (like stunning Wat Xieng Thong). Once the afternoon temple drums finish, climb to the top of Phousi Hill and watch the sunset over the lush green banks of the Mekong.