Laos is one of the least developed countries in south-east Asia, which also means it is one of the most unspoilt. Its lush greenery and forests provide much interest for the eco-traveller, as well as masses of temples, friendly locals and acclaimed French-Asian food.
It is the ideal destination for the holidaymaker who wants to experience native life in a largely tourist-free country.
Laos Essential information
Major cities: Huay Xai, Luang Prabang and Pakbeng
Places of interest: Phonsavan, Hongsa and Nam Ha
Time Zone: GMT +7
Language: Lao (official). To learn the basics of Lao visit www.ilearnkhmer.com
Currency: new kip (LAK). For up-to-date exchange rates see www.xe.com/ucc
International dial code: +856
British Embassy: visit the website for more information