The main international gateway to Laos is Luang Prabang, and as this is one of the must-visit destinations of Laos, it is better to fly in at Luang Prabang. This tiny city has been ranked as the top cities for travellers and has a lot to offer. The languid city, perched on a land that pokes into the Mekong river in the northern mountains is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. This ancient city founded in 1353 served as the capital of the early kingdoms that rules Laos. Luang Prabang is a eclectic mixture of Buddhist temples, royal palaces, French architecture and modern restaurants and roadside cafes.