- 6.8 million
- Lao kip
Grab your bags, because this Southeast Asian gem is quickly garnering status as a must-see destination. Sitll, unlike some of its highly visited neighbours, Laos retains much of its traditional existence and heritage. Even the capital city, Vientiane, dubbed Southeast Asia’s biggest village, still manages to maintain its laidback lifestyle.
There’s plenty of excitement to be found though; Laos draws travellers looking for nature and adventure. Forest treks and village homestays offer an opportunity to discover an authentic Asian culture, while rafting and kayaking allow the intrepid to explore the waterways. Or perhaps zip-line across the canopy and stay in the treetops with some furrier natives as part of the Gibbon Experience.
A Mekong River journey is an iconic expedition, as is a stint in the former royal capital, Luang Prabang, with its plentiful temples, faded French colonial architecture and robed monks.