Now a backpacker's heaven, Laos was a no go area for travellers for years. And still far from its neighbours in terms of numbers of tourists, it's the perfect place for getting away from it all! Its small, charming towns are like a blast from the past, where old colonial houses mingle with dazzling temples. And with the mighty Mekong at its heart and amazing scenery, spending time in this undiscovered country is pure bliss. Not to mention its tantalising food and idyllic Beerlao - perfect to cool down in that tropical heat. Tempted? So were we!