“From Chiangmai, fly directly to Luang Prabang in Laos. It’s a lovely
    relaxing town by a river where you can just laze away the days eating
    baguettes (left over from the French colony) and chatting with the
    nice Laotian peeps. There are also pretty trips up the river you can
    take, and there are now a few luxury hotels in town
    (www.amantaka.com). We stayed at Levady Guesthouse, which was cheap
    ($14/night) but reasonably charming.”

  • Turtlestravel

    We absolutely LOVED Laos! Check out our post about it, includes our budget and highlights. Also, do have a look at The Gibbon Experience from Huay Xai, very cool indeed. http://turtlestravel.com/category/asia/laos/