Si Phan Don is arguably the most peaceful region of Laos, a beautifully rural backwater where the Mekong River becomes a vast inland sea, carving the land into an archipelago of tiny islets.
Once a quiet riverside town off the well-trodden tourist trail, Chiang Khan has in recent years become a popular destination for Thai tourists due to its picturesque rural setting and cultural heritage.
Vientiane may be smaller than most Southeast Asian capitals, but its size belies the variety of cultural attractions to be found, not just in the city, but also in neighboring rural communities.
From the Bahnar people in the Central Highlands to the stunning mountains of Meo Vac and the rich biodiversity of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam offers a unique world of adventure and discovery.
Laos might not have its own coastline, but its forested mountain terrain and limestone karst topography offer all sorts of possibilities for thrill-seeking outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts.