Laos is known as the "Jewel of the Mekong" and is also one of Asia's least travelled countries, despite its rich array of cultures and traditions. This small, landlocked nation offers tourists an unmatched glimpse of the South East Asia of old.
Its often mountainous terrain offers breathtaking jungle scenery, the chance to visit indigineous hill tribes, and magnificent ancient monuments and temples. Besides the stunning natural beauty of Laos, most visitors are moved by the gentle, relaxed nature of its people and the ambience of a bygone area it exudes.
The historical highlight of Laos is the enchanting town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient capital of the Lao Kingdom hosts many old temples and monuments and is a trip not to be missed. Beside cultural jewels, the country offers a wealth of other experiences. Trek through the jungle to visit ethnic minorities, cruise the mighty Mekong River, or simply relax and enjoy the French flair of the capital Vientiane.