Laos is a landlocked country sharing its borders with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. 70% of its total land area is comprised of mountains and plateaus. The Mekong River is Laos’ primary geographical feature and serves as a natural border with Thailand.
The country moves at a pace as languid as the Mekong River that flows through it. Towns are less hectic than elsewhere in Asia and the countryside is beautiful and relaxed. Like its neighbours in Indochina, Laos spent much of the last half of the 20th Century hidden from the view of the outside world. Visitors discover a simple society where the stresses and pressures of the modern world seem to have less relevance than elsewhere. Many travellers bemoan the loss of “Asia in the old-days”, but it still can be found in Laos. The temples of Laos have a unique charm and whilst not as grandiose as the temples of Angkor, they exude serenity and character.