The UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos is close enough to Beijing for a long weekend getaway, yet feels a world away. Sitting at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the sleepy city is a wonderful blend of gilded Buddhist wats and crumbling colonial architecture. China Eastern offers four flights per week to Luang Prabang from Kunming. If you are traveling during the rainy season, be aware that flights on this route are often canceled due to unpredictable weather, so you may want to consider flying via Bangkok instead.
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