Luang Prabang the major city in the north has a center filled with touristy needs. However there's not much to see or do in the city despite lonely planet's description. There's a few Buddhist temples that look ancient, deserted and in need of renovations.
I ate at a local place that didn't have a menu; they just serve one kind of soup. It was tasty but I skipped the coagulated blood part.
I ran in to some travelers from the slow boat and the next day we took a tuk tuk then a tiny tippy, boat to tad sea waterfalls. We hiked up to the second falls with no one else there. So much beauty.
Coming back from the second falls, we saw a tourist on an elephant in th pools. It's a big thing to do here and in northern Thai. I never had the urge to be on an elephant and feel bad seeing them in this way. Probably the closest I will get to one. Gosh their mouth and ears are so big!