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Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, between Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and China, landlocked Laos is often overlooked in favour of its more popular neighbours. But with its stunning and diverse landscape, friendly and relaxed people and responsible tourism practices, Laos is one of the most enchanting countries in Southeast Asia.

Laos has held onto its traditions and heritage. You'll see monks in saffron robes, elephants bathing in the river, gorgeous golden temples and local markets selling traditional arts and crafts.

The full name of the country is Laos People’s Democratic Republic, often shortened to Laos PDR, but locals will tell you that this acronym actually means ‘Please Don’t Rush.’ Enjoy Laos like the locals do: relax in a hammock by the Mekong, gaze at the stars in the 4000 islands and sip a coffee in a French-style cafe in Luang Prabang.