The land of a million elephants
If you're looking for how Thailand was twenty years ago, then Laos may be the place for you.
Laos has always been seen as a quick stop for Luang Prabang and tubing in Vang Vieng, but those who stay a little longer are rewarded with some of the more authentic and rural experiences in South-East Asia.
- Top Tip: Motorbiking around the Bolevan Plateau is a must-do experience. Here you can explore waterfalls and the Laotian countryside at your own pace.
- Currency: Laos Kip. One of those which operates in the thousands!
- Visa: Laos offers a visa on arrival for most nationalities who stay up to 30 days.
- Safety: Laos is very safe.
- When to go: The dry season is preferable for visiting Laos, but areas such as Four Thousand Islands are scorching hot throughout the year. The rainy season isn't too bad here, so you can visit at any time.
- Peak Season: December - Feb (although there isn't really a peak season)
- Off Season: May - September
- Walk My World Cost Index: $ - Laos is incredible value, with cheap accommodation, food and activities.