Laos might be one of Southeast Asia’s least developed nations and one of its poorest but that is where its greatest strength lies – after all, the country’s biggest selling point is the fact that it is the least ‘western’ Indochina nation of the region. Spread out over 235,000sqft, Laos’ must-see highlights range from simple, natural treasures like ... More>its unrestrained mountainside greenery to elaborate temple ruins from the Angkor Wat era. No matter what your interests, this gem of a country is sure to entice you. Nicknamed the Land of a Million Elephants, it still bears strong old-Indochina style with cities just overflowing with historic temples rubbing shoulders with artsy French cafes. One of its major cities, Luang Prabang (once royal capital of the Lan Xang kingdom), is a gazetted UNESCO World Heritage site, sitting at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Away from the capital of Vientiane, the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang Province beckons but deep in the south lays Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), a group of sea atolls that prove to be a popular holiday destination with both local and foreign travellers.