Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, commonly referred to by its colloquial name of Muang Lao, is a communist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia at the heart of the Indochinese peninsula, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southwest, and Thailand to the west and southwest.

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Consisting of glittering gilded temples, saffron-clad monks, verdant rice fields and extremely friendly people, Laos retains a tranquil and mysterious corner of an ever-changing world. Most people visit Laos as part of a longer Indochina tour, often entering Luang Prabang from Thailand or Vietnam. However, Laos itself does deserve a further exploration, once getting here, travelers will unconsciously slow down to match the peaceful tone and slow pace unique to this pristine land. After a few of days here, you'll [...]

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