Located in the heart of Indochina, The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos, otherwise known as Lao PDR or Laos, is a forgotten land waiting to unfurl. Wedged between her significantly larger neighbouring countries, Laos comprises 16 provinces, which are divided into three regions. Dominated by mountains and home to the charming former capital and UNESCO World Heritage City Luang Prabang, Northern Laos is filled with unspoilt tropical rainforests, rice paddy fields and a treasure trove of beautiful landscapes. Nestled along the banks of the Mekong River, the languid capital city Vientiane and rural countryside form Central Laos. The Mekong flatlands and more mountains can be found in the south.
Criss crossed by myriad rivers and streams, the mighty Mekong River runs through almost 1,900 kilometres of this Buddhist nation’s territory, and is a vital source to the local people’s daily lives. Divided into four language groups, the mosaic of culture here is further enhanced by its 49 ethnic groups. Simplicity and a relaxed sense of grace—this is the beauty of Laos.