At first it feels like the last frontier of Southeast Asia, but once you notice how many Europeans live in Laos, it begins to feel more like home. It’s easy to get used to life here. French restaurants and pastry shops sit next to Lao restaurants that dish out great Southeast Asian food. The local people have the kind of friendly charm that once made Thailand famous.
Getting to Laos can be tricky, but check out this post on the cheapest way to fly to Laos. It’s well worth the cost of getting here, as this country easily offers what so many tourists seek every year in North Thailand.