Beautiful Laos is one of the prettiest countries in Southeast Asia but also one of the least visited. This is a real shame as Laos has just as much to offer travelers as other big hitter countries like Thailand or Vietnam. The country is small and landlocked so it has no coastline, but it is known for its spectacular limestone mountains which offer you amazing opportunities to go trekking and explore eerie karst formations and caves.
Vientiane is the charming capital of Laos and even though this is technically a capital city, it still feels like a small town rather than anything else. Vientiane used to be a former French trading post during the colonial period, and as a result it has a delightful old French quarter than you can explore.
As you walk around you will also find a plethora of French inspired architecture such as a Laotian version of the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris known as Patuxai. There are also other attractions that are well worth a visit such as sprawling local markets and temples like Wat Si Saket which is the oldest of its kind in Vientiane.