With just 7 million people in a ruggedly mountainous, land locked country, Laos has a distinctly slower pace. Spirituality is ever present in everyday life, the arts, the architecture – it even seems to be present in the air.
Laos is not to be over looked, with its mix of gilded, ancient temples and palaces, Khmer ruins, virgin rainforests, waterfalls, and numerous ethnic groups still living in their home villages.
It is surprisingly larger then many people think, with a similar size to Colorado or Michigan. Northern Laos is ideal for trekking village to village, with challenging cycling. The South is ideal for kayaking among 4,000 Islands in the Mekong River or hiking to remote waterfalls.
For those looking for a bit more luxury, Laos has several beautiful boutique retreats. Mixing all of this together, Laos is ideal if you are looking for an adventure or a place to reconnect and rejuvenate.