I have been dreaming of coming to Luang Prabang in North Central Laos where the Khan river flows into the Mekong. This was the former capital and until the "dark period" of communist takeover in 1975, it was the seat of government of the kingdom of Laos. The entire town was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, and opened for tourism around 2005. Luang Prabang is an wellpreseved and outstanding example of the fusion of French colonial architecture alongside traditional Lao structures. This is truly a magical romantic vision of Indochine.