Despite a limited infrastructure, Laos is a wonderful country to visit. The Laotians are some of the friendliest, gentlest people in Southeast Asia—devoutly Buddhist and traditional in many ways. Not yet inured to countless visiting foreigners, locals volunteer assistance and a genuine welcome.
And because this landlocked nation is so sparsely populated—fewer than 7 million people in an area larger than Great Britain—its countryside is dominated by often impenetrable forested mountains. Laos has a rich culture and history, and though it’s been a battleground many times in the past, it’s a peaceful, stable country today.