Lonely Planet recently named Thailand as a travel bargain. True enough, but the Thais are vacationing in Laos because of the laid back Lao way, nice scenery, great food and even better bargains.
Try the coffee and pastries at one of the many French cafes, or beach front dining in Vientiane, Note that while current construction along the promenade is expected to be finished 2011, enterprising vendors simply move their portable cafes to undisturbed areas.
Luang Prabang is a delightful World Heritage excursion that could consume several days. Hike the hills or take in the local transport along the river.
Northeastern Laos is rapidly gaining exposure for the beautiful mountain scenery as well as the enigmatic Plain of Jars.
Don’t overlook Laos, the country is quickly learning to cater to world travelers without losing its values. More at NewBohemians.net.