High above the Mekong River Valley, the natural citadel of the Bolaven Plateau is a cool escape from the oppressive heat below. Coffee and tea are the main...more
Champasak province contains Wat Phou, one of the grandest Khmer ruins outside Cambodia. Though this site doesn't measure up to Angkor Wat, the tumble-down...more
Laos is largely comprised of lush mountains cut by fast-flowing rivers, and inhabited by lowland Lao and several dozen ethnic highland tribes. It's a perfect...more
The former royal capital of Laos, lovely Luang Prabang has an air of faded grandeur, with French colonial buildings jostling ancient red-roofed Theravada...more
The mighty Mekong, which courses the country's length, is a reliable route for transport, commerce—and adventure. The Luang Suay, a 100-foot-long...more
Southeast Asia's most enigmatic tourist attraction, the Plain of Jars is named for the hundreds of enormous stone containers scattered over a few square miles...more
Vientiane is a sleepy town, though hectic by comparison with the rest of tranquil Laos. Noodle shops, gilded temples, and rice paddies are interspersed with...more
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