Highlights of Laos
Relaxed yet refined, serene yet sophisticated, Lao's capital is one of the smallest and least populated in the world. Situated on a bend of the majestic Mekong River, many compare the capital to a small city suburb. Despite its relatively underdeveloped state, Vientiane is home to a unique blend of chic eateries and boutique hotels. The relaxed traffic and close proximity of the city also make it one of the most bicycle- and walking-tour friendly places in Asia.
While Vientiane may stand as the country's commercial capital, the spiritual capital of Laos is almost certainly Luang Prabang. Packed with beautifully preserved temples and striking architecture, the laid-back region is popular with intrepid trekkers and peace-seeking nature lovers. Luang Prabang is also an idyllic family-friendly destination with an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy.