Of the nations in SE Asia, Laos retains its rural sensibilities more than most. It is a sparsely populated place unbeholden to the trappings of modern life, and one defined by hilly terrain, buddhist monasteries and colonial architecture.

Wat Phu Champasak
Wat Po Champasak: The Temple Sentinel of Laos 

Our correspondent, dazed as though in a reverie, sees the tendrils of Wat Po Champasak swirling throughout history.

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Si Phan Don, Laos
Si Phan Don: Where The World Chooses to Stand Still 

Our correspondent gurgles with the vague kind of sentiment only a riverside setting in Laos can bring.

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Wat Po Champasak, Laos
Wat Phu Champasak: The Ruined Temple Guarding Laos’ Past 

Our correspodent explores Wat Phu Champasak and is blown away the sheer scale and history of the temple.

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Vang Vieng
Snapshot in Time: Vang Vieng’s Bucolic Twist 

Our correspondent is confronted with a moment of exquisite calm in Laos.

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Lao Language
Language Primer: Lao

Our correspondent heads into Laos and, in amongst the colonial architecture, Mekong tributaries and historic sites, attempts to expand his vocabulary. 

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