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18 Stunning Photos That'll Make You Book a Ticket to Laos

This post was originally published on Culture Trip. To read the original and see the stunning photos that accompany it, click here.  

Laos has a rustic charm that is unparalleled in Southeast Asia. With few international chains and no sense of urgency, it’s easy to feel like you’ve traveled back in time when visiting this landlocked country. These gorgeous images will make you want to sail across the Mekong, climb over the Annamite mountains, or book a plane ticket to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

That Luang

Tat Luang | © Samnang Danou/Flickr 

Monks on alms rounds

Monks on Alms Rounds | © Allie Caufield/Flickr 

Tropical fruits

Tropical Fruits | © Francisco Anzola/Flickr 

Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha | © Prince Roy/Flickr 

The Mekong River

Mekong, Laos | © Ashley 300/Pixabay

Sculpture in Vientiane

Sculpture in Vientiane | © Staffan Scherz/Flickr 

Snakes and scorpions in whiskey bottles

Line up of snake and scorpion whiskey bottles | © Shankar S./Flickr 

Water Buffalo

Water Buffalo | © Likedok88/Pixabay

Motorbikes

Laos | © Willy Verhulst/Flickr 

Dance Performances

Dance Performance | © Mario Micklish/Flickr 

Attapeu Province

Attapeu Province | © Aleksey Gnilenkov/Flickr 

Patuxai

Patuxai | © Dan Lundberg/Flickr

Kasi

Kasi | © Prince Roy/Flickr

Lanterns

Laos | © L’amande/Flickr

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang | © Dina Eric/Flickr

River Boats

River Boats | © Clay Gilliland/Flickr 

Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars | © Basil Strahm/Flickr 

Vang Vieng

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A bridge in Vang Vieng © Regina Beach

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