Laos: Asia's Forgotten Gem
In French colonial times Laos was considered the earthly paradise of South-east Asia, a vast landlocked Tahiti just awaiting its Gauguin.
Despite the turmoil of the late 20th century, Laos retains today the easy going peaceful atmosphere that so captivated the French, and its friendly gentle people are keen to welcome visitors to their beautiful country.
Steeped in Buddhism, Laos has a long and interesting history and a wealth of architectural delights for you to enjoy. There are also many natural wonders, especially in the remote south, including Asia's largest waterfalls and the forested Bolaven Plateau. And running the length of the country, the Mekong River, 11th longest river in the world, defines the landscape, traditions and culture of this forgotten gem of Asia.