Owing to its geographical expanse, Laos encompasses amazingly diverse terrains. Much of the country is covered by steep, verdant mountain ranges, which gradually give way to plateaus and mixed deciduous forests. The mighty Mekong River dominates the topography of the land and runs through nearly its entire length. Vientiane, the capital city, has many beautiful Buddhist temples while the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang is home to the Phabang, the country’s most sacred Buddha image. The south is renowned for a magnificent inland archipelago, a counterpoint to the remote mountainous regions of the north. This natural beauty, coupled with splendid Buddhist architecture and pleasantly agreeable people, makes a visit to Laos a memorable experience. For a trip that takes in these and other wonderful destinations in this beautiful country follow our list of the best places to visit in Laos.