The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is the only landlocked country in Southeasia Asia, and the most sparsely populated. Unlike most countries an Asia, the country has not undergone a major industrialisation and modernisation period; as result, lifestyle remains mostly rural and there are no large cities.
Travelers lured by the prospect of visiting an untouched “Shangri-la” are likely to be disappointed; in fact, cities like *Luang Prabang (map), *Nong Khiaw (map) and *Vang Vieng (map) are very tourist-oriented.
Vientiane International Airport. Luang Prabang International Airport. A good source of bus timetables, including some basic town maps, can be found at hobomaps.com.