All in Laos

Visiting the COPE Center in Vientiane, Laos

Laos, the most heavily bombed country in the history of the world, is still suffering after the Vietnam War. There are more unexploded ordinances (UXO) in Laos than there are people, and the poor infrastructure and rough terrain make it difficult to remove bombs. The COPE Center, an NGO in Vientiane, is a fascinating and heartbreaking museum that does a lot of work on UXO removal and providing prosthetic limbs to those who have been injured in explosions.

Do you need a visa to visit Laos?

Almost everyone needs a visa to visit Laos. The good news is that many nationalities are able to apply for visas-upon-arrival at certain international airports and border crossings in Laos. Make sure that you are able to receive a visa on arrival, or else risk being turned away at immigration.

Laos: A Weekend in Vientiane: 7 Things to do in Laos' Capital

Not a lot of people visit Laos, the sleepy, landlocked Southeast Asian country just north of Thailand. The Lao People's Democratic Republic is one of the world's five remaining communist countries, and has a reputation of being the friendliest and most laid back; a joke amongst travelers is that "PDR" in its name doesn't stand for "People's Democratic Republic", but instead "Please Don't Rush".