Laos is often overlooked by visitors to South-East Asia. It is poorer than its neighbours. It doesn't quite have temples to match Cambodia's, or beaches to match Vietnam's, but there are nevertheless plenty of attractions. The stupa of Pha That Luang is the national symbol. The Plain of Jars just north of the capital, Vientiane, contains hundreds of mysterious rock 'jars'.

Travel can be difficult in the rainy season. Laos has been communist since 1975, and is noted for being the most heavily bombed country in the world. Unexploded Ordnance is a huge problem in the country, but tourist sites are safe.


Laos flag

Why you should go:

It's laid back, and very cheap.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't have a lot of time in the region.

Map of Laos