Laos (ສປປ ລາວ), officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), is a nation in Southeast Asia, known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements, and Buddhist monasteries. A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north.
Entering Laos we immediately noticed that we are in one of the poorest countries in the world and Asia‘s poorest.
I have seen many villages or rural sites across the world but this village at the shore of the Mekong was the most underdeveloped I have ever visited. No water supply, no electricity and extremely basic huts and for the first time no smartphones. Nevertheless, the children seemed happy and very caring about each other, like detecting lices (Läuse) or looking after their little brothers and sisters. There was a kind of maturity without having lost childhood - very impressive for a Western that is used to iPad zombies.
We were not alone watching the famous sunset from Luang Prabang‘s temple at the hill: