Laos still retains many of the traditions that have disappeared in the frenzy of development elsewhere in the region. In the timeless Laotian rural areas, stilt houses and rice paddy fields offer serenity. Its cities and towns are filled with amazing temples. Each morning hundreds of saffron-robed monks glide through the streets to accept alms at dawn.
The relaxed grandeur of Luang Prabang is a sight to behold, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander the pleasant cobblestone streets to see colonial buildings, Buddhist temples and traditional wooden houses.
To the south, the capital city of Vientiane is home to the grand temples and iconic golden That Luang Stupa.
Travelers rave about Laos for a reason. Nature enthusiasts can take a walk on the wild side and spot exotic animals such as gibbons or elephants. Culture lovers can explore ancient temples and immerse themselves in Lao spiritual life. Foodies can spice up their taste buds with a Lao cooking class or go gourmand in the French-accented cities.