Sandwiched between China, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos is a country that is often by-passed on a tour through Southeast Asia. That is a pity because the friendliness of its people and the outstanding natural environment make the Lao People’s Democratic Republic a wonderful country to visit.
Set on the banks of the Mekong, the capital, Vientiane, is a welcoming place to start your travels, with its rich culture and great restaurants.
Luang Prabang and 4,000 Islands
Laos’ stand-out city is the UNESCO preserved Luang Prabang in the north of the country, which challenges Hoi An in Vietnam for the most beautiful city in Southeast Asia. However, really any visit should focus on the still relatively unspoilt environment, especially the lazy backwater paradise of the 4,000 islands in the south of the country.
Whether you visit the country for the great outdoors or its long culture, make sure you try the local brew. Beer Lao is excellent, especially when taking the heat off the spicy, local food.
Laos Currency and Population
The currency is the kip and the population is just over 7 million.