The temples' shimmering golden spires. The monks' vibrant saffron robes. Luang Prabang is a colorful town moving in slow motion, a half step behind the world. Living in the quaint town center is great, but staying on the outskirts also has its perks. A couple of miles, a few more smiling locals, a few more minutes to bask in the countryside, and an elevated perch to enjoy the mountain views. This is a contemporary zen escape in a nostalgic town – Southeast Asia at its most charming.