Although not as commonly known as Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, Laos holds an eclectic history with many intricate ruins like Cambodia, beautiful beaches like Thailand and scenic landscapes like Vietnam. Laos caters to every traveller, from thrill seekers with zip wires, cave swimming and climbing, to the spiritualists who want to explore the ancient ruins and the photographers chasing sunsets and wildlife.
Don’t miss Vieng Xai Caves, these were used as a war shelter and they are set in a beautiful backdrop of karst scenery. In the Wat Phu World Heritage Area, visit Wat Phu Champasak. The Khmer ruins are more than a 1000 years old and yet many of the carvings remain intact. Clamber through the complex and discover the forgotten world. For a more modern taste of Laos, visit the former Royal Palace which was built in 1904 and was home to King Sisavang Vong (r 1905–59), whose statue stands outside.
Visas: Thirty-day tourist visas are readily available on arrival at international airports and most land borders.