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Laos — Mountainous and landlocked, Laos is the quiet backwater of Southeast Asia. For decades, this sparsely populated country between Thailand and Vietnam was hermetically sealed by a communist government. Today, the capital Vientiane (pronounced Vien-chan) bustles with renewed energy, and the splendors of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang attract thousands of visitors.

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For beautiful and uncommercialized surroundings, backpacking, and adventure trekking.

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Why Laos Should Be Your Next Southeast Asia Destination

January 12, 2016 by Ann Babe

Laos is often overlooked in favor of its more popular, bustling neighbors of Thailand to the west and Vietnam to the east, but there are so many reasons to go ... Read More »


4 Developments that Could Make Southeast Asia Travel Cheaper, Faster, and More Efficient

February 18, 2014 by Will McGough

When it comes to Americans making their way to Southeast Asia, there are often two costs that they consider carefully before making a single reservation. The ... Read More »


Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe: 3 Things to Consider When Crossing International Borders

January 20, 2014 by Alex Schechter

As much as we love travel, no one loves the red-tape-filled process of getting a new visa. Here are a few helpful tips for securing your travel documents in a ... Read More »

Inspired Travel Ideas

July 24, 2013

Covering over 4,000 square miles, the world's largest salt flats are situated near the crest of the Andes. The flats are nearly 12,000 feet above sea level and ... Read More »


Inspired Travel: Plain of Jars in Laos

April 20, 2013 by Amanda Black

This largely unknown UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Xieng Khouang plateau in Laos is dotted with thousands of stone jars. The first study of the ... Read More »

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