Tucked between its more famous neighbours and crossed by the Mekong River this mountainous country is renowned for its French colonial architecture, hill tribe communities and delightful Buddhist monasteries. The laid back capital Vientiane is a charming place to spend a day or two with temples and monuments, galleries and museums to visit. Whilst Luang Prabang is famous for its Buddhist temples and historic district it is said to be one of the prettiest spots in South East Asia, the city was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995. There’s a fabulous night market where you can pick up local handicrafts. Combine Laos with Cambodia, Vietnam or both for wonderful far eastern experience.