Laos

Laos

ancient statue

The French summarized the temperaments of their three Indochinese states with the pronouncement that "the Vietnamese plant the rice, the Cambodians watch it grow, and the Laotians listen to it grow." If this doesn't already make you want to visit Laos (properly Lao), then you should choose somewhere else. Lao is a land of Buddhist traditions, where saffron-robed teens peek curiously out from wats (temples) and no one is in a hurry. And while being the world's most heavily bombed country hardly seems a ringing endorsement, Luang Prabang's UNESCO-protected temples and mixed heritage soothe the soul, and Vientianne – the world's smallest capital – moves at the same serene pace as the Mekong River meandering by its shores.

Featured blog posts

Visual Adventure: Laos

April 24, 2013, 11:21 a.m.

Travellers often come back from Laos a little wistful. "It's like Thailand 15 years ago," they say. "I wish it could stay the same."

Video of the Week: 4 Minutes In Asia

Sept. 10, 2012, 9:45 a.m.

4 Minutes In Asia is a short video narrative of four stunningly beautiful countries: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia. All footage shot on a hand held, second hand camera. Don’t forget to turn the sound on!

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2012, 12:29 p.m.

There’s an understandable wariness when people hear I travel alone, and a concern about safety. But no matter where I am or how conservative a place it might be, the women reach out.

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