Sitting between Thailand and Vietnam is the tiny country of Laos, relatively unspoilt and undiscovered in comparison to its neighbours. If you want to experience the beauty and history of Southeast Asia without so much tourism then a holiday in Laos could be just the ticket.
The capital, Vientiane, is well worth a visit for its beautiful French colonial architecture and a wander round the National Museum or one of the many colourful markets. However the main attraction is probably Luang Prabang in the North of the country. No holiday in Laos would be complete without a trip to this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage site, with its lovely architecture and numerous Buddhist temples. From the Royal Palace and the Night Market to the Kuang Si Waterfalls and the Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang is a must-visit destination. While on holiday in Laos there is plenty more to see and experience. If youve come to this part of the world for the trekking opportunities then head for Luang Namtha with its mountainous surroundings and spectacular scenery. Likewise Muang Xay and Tha Khaek should be on your itinerary. If, on the other hand, you want a more thriving social scene then make a stop at Vang Vieng. Sitting along the route between the capital and Luang Prabang it is a hotspot for backpackers on holiday in Laos and it is a lively little community, set against a beautiful natural backdrop. Whether youre exploring the rocky surroundings or swapping stories with fellow travellers, Vang Vieng is a very alluring place. Elsewhere, visit the Mekong River in Si Phan Don or just enjoy visiting some of the many fascinating and ornate temples, dotted all over the country. With delicious cuisine, striking architecture and scenic and atmospheric surroundings, a holiday in Laos is a feast for all the senses.