With its fledgling infrastructure and rural landscape, Laos is one Southeast Asian nation that's stayed off the radar of most globe-trotting tourists, offering an untouched glimpse of traditional life. Left, a farmer leads water buffalo out of the Mekong River.
The multi-tiered Tat Kuang Si Waterfall, outside of Luang Prabang
A monk crosses over the Se Kong River. Buddhism is the predominant religion in Laos.
A bungalow is the best place to enjoy sunset along the Nam Song River in Van Vieng. With plenty of options for kayaking and caving, the town is emerging as an adventure destination. However, the simple pleasure of tubing down the river remains one of the most popular activities.
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