This charming country really does have an infectiously relaxed, laid back atmosphere, even in the charming old royal capital of Luang Prabang, and in our opinion it’s an undiscovered gem. Perfectly suited to multi country itineraries as it shares five international borders, Laos also has the vast Mekong River running through; a river so wide that, when you stroll along Vientiane’s delightful riverside boulevard, you may think you’re by the sea. This boulevard also offers great places to eat and drink and, because it was a French colony for over one hundred years, some of the cooking here is as good as one could get in Paris.
Tourism has become one of Laos most important industries in recent years, driving the development of related hospitality and travel businesses. One result has been the increase in flights to and from the two major ports of Vientiane and Luang Prabang to neighboring Indochina. National carriers departing Thailand and Burma have put Laos on their radar while the number of overland entry points are also on the rise. New Friendship bridges with Thailand are being developed and existing border crossings with China, Vietnam and Burma are seeing upgrades to make passage easier.