Feeling as adventurous as Indiana Jones? If yes, then you should definitely check out Laos, officially The Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
This mountainous land is swamped by jungles, remote tribal villages, while those ancient Buddhist caves which hide many a secret are waiting for you to raid and unravel them.
Placed between popular Thailand and always interesting Vietnam, one might assume Laos’ tourism is ranking high in the region, but the reality is a bit different.
A long-lasting civil war kept this exotic and beautiful country off the commercial tourist map for many years, and its poor infrastructure continued to keep the tourists away from this secluded destination, however, Laos has recently started to get back on their feet, one successful season at a time.
Eco-tourism seems to be the ticket out of it as more and more visitors go exploring remote tribal villages and pristine national parks which cradle weird and wonderful wildlife.
With its strange combination of rugged landscape and surprisingly cosmopolitan feel of Vientiane (the capital), Laos offers perhaps the most authentic and unspoiled experience of the Southeast Asia nations.
Still visible café culture left behind from the era of French Indochina, faded and palm-shaded streets that resemble ancient ruins, awe-inspiring colonial buildings and a bit eerie but laidback atmosphere will make you want to stay a day longer and reveal all the secrets this rich culture holds.
If you seek a tourist hotspot, definitely check out the backpacker resort of Vang Vieng, but whichever corner of Laos you decide to visit, you’ll encounter the delightful Lao cuisine – a perfect blend of French and Southeast Asian food that will make you forget everything you ever knew about what food is supposed to taste like.