In Southeast Asia between Thailand and Vietnam lies the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Although it is part of the "Banana Pancake Trail" (a popular destination for young Western backpackers), it is relatively less touristy than other parts of the region.
Laos is less developed and wealthier than its neighbors and provides insight into travel in Southeast Asia five to ten years ago. As the economy depends heavily on tourism and foreign aid, the locals are happy to see visitors and show them their beautiful country. Traveling in Laos is a little less comfortable, but more adventurous than in Thailand or Vietnam. To make the most of your trip to Laos, it is important to be prepared. Here are ten things you should know before you travel to Laos.
Size / Layout of Laos
Laos is a long country that stretches from China to Cambodia. On both sides it is flanked by Thailand and Vietnam. The land is also landlocked, with the Mekong as the most important water.
The north of Laos is mountainous with lush rainforest and waterfalls. To the south, the landscape becomes shallower and drier. The plains of Laos are mainly used for agriculture, with rice being the main crop.
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