The saffron-robed monks on their morning alms procession around peaceful Luang Prabang emanate an enlightened Buddhist calm that will infuse you too, here in Asia’s quietest, best-preserved city, the beautiful crown jewel of Laos. And perhaps you’ll do your soul further good when you contribute to the monks’ well-being: on their dawn walk past gleaming temples and French colonial architecture, the monks present their bowls to the town’s residents for offering. Wait alongside the Laotian locals outside your guesthouse and give the monks some rice for breakfast. Take part in the ongoing traditions of this sleepy, world heritage-listed city of temples, and het bon, that is,‘make merit’ for your next life. And maybe inch that little bit closer towards Nirvana.