The country of Laos is known officially as Lao People's Democratic Republic. It is one of the least known countries in Southeast Asia, hence it is also one of the least explored. It is landlocked, meaning that no part of the country has a coastline and every part of the border is shared with another country. Vietnam is to the east of Laos, Thailand is located to the west, Cambodia down to the south, and China and Myanmar share the border to the north. It is known as one of the most peaceful countries in Asia. Up until recently, Laos can best be described as forgotten while its neighbors can be described as bustling or amazing or other adjectives. However, in recent times, this view of the country is changing pretty quickly. Tourism is now one of the fastest-growing sectors in Laos, and there is a significant rise in the number of visitors to the country brought about by its tourism catchphrase “Laos, simply beautiful”. Enjoy your trip to Laos, and enter without any snags with a Health Declaration. For people who are attracted by the relaxed lifestyle let me explain that the true meaning of Lao PDR is Lao Please Don’t Rush. These are the same people that are very grateful for the chance to watch beautiful sunsets by the Mekong River. Traveling to Laos is not the perfect vacation deal for people on a tight budget. Prices of goods and travel in the country may be several times as expensive as in neighboring Thailand. Laos’ main attraction for travelers is its status as the reigning least developed country in Southeast Asia. While most nations in the region are scaling their infrastructure, Laos prefers to be relaxed and laid back. This is an irresistible draw for many travelers and visitors, especially the more jaded ones who are looking for a place to just wind down, chill and get away from all the bustle of the modern world. There is no way of knowing how much longer that status will last since the country is gearing up its infrastructure to catch up with the rest of the world but, at the moment at least, the country is truly unique and special to plan your holiday on. Other words may describe the country of Laos just as well as forgotten. One prime descriptor for the landlocked nation is “wilderness”. The term may be misused a lot of times but it is perfect for Laos. The country may be described as forgotten but do not forget to bring your self-declaration on your trip to Laos. The Mekong River system, its tributaries, and extensive basin make up what can be described as the single most important geographical feature the country has. The way that the river meanders in the northern region of Laos is one of the causes of limestone karsts (a landscape dominated by limestone which has been eroded by dissolving the rock in water and other solvents), which are some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. When exploring the karst-dominated landscape, most travelers and backpackers make the town of Vang Vieng their base camp. North of the karst, the jungle becomes less explored and the terrain gives way to more hills and forests. For people who want to experience the remoteness of the true Laotian wilderness, they can explore this area and make camp in the town of Luang Namtha. They are also likely to encounter some of the members of the hill tribes which inhabit this mountainous northern region of the country. The south part of the country is quite the opposite of its northern region, where the area surrounding the Mekong River delta gives way to lowlands and flat areas instead of hills and mountains. The pervading mood in the area is relaxed, as demonstrated most by the region known as the four thousand islands (Si Phan Don). Visitors here are assimilating life in the local villages, experiencing what doing nothing is about. Visitors can also have a more sedate ride through the Mekong River, since the absence of uplands make for a slow and steady river without any rapids. You can also see the largest falls in Southeast Asia and, if you are lucky enough, you may be able to get a glimpse of the famous Mekong pink freshwater dolphin. Lay back and chill knowing you have all your travel documents, including your Medical Declaration form. Laos is known as the most Buddhist nation, with Buddhism making up almost the entire religious composition of the country at 98%. Pha That Luang and its gilded stupa with three layers in the capital of Vientiane is the national symbol of Laos. It is also the most important monument of a religious nature in the nation. The monument was completed in the 16th century. In addition, there are a lot of other awe-inspiring temples that, in and of itself, can make a visitor’s stay in Laos worth the trouble. Don’t miss the relaxed atmosphere in Laos. Have your own Travel Health Card ready for entry. The ancient capital at Luang Prabang has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is a unique city by its own right. There are gilded temples which are thoroughly preserved by orange-robed monks that are attending to their temple’s every need. These temples transition perfectly and meld smoothly with wooden Lao houses which are traditional in the area. They also blend seamlessly with beautiful buildings from the French colonial period. The picture of a perfect city is completed by immaculate streets with cafés on the banks of the Mekong River. There are a lot of other tourist destinations such as the Plain of Jars, an archaeological megalith containing thousands of stone jars dating back to the Iron Age, presumably as part of the burial rituals of the people of that time. These and other tourist attractions make up the holiday experience in the most laid back of Southeast Asian countries. Don’t miss the experience. Book a vacation now and bring all your travel documents, including Health Declaration, Travel Health Card, Medical Declaration, and self-declaration. Head over to Laos now.