Famous for its relaxed atmosphere, Laos is one of Asia's most laidback and charming destinations. Visitors today encounter a simple society with a strong spiritual tradition where the stresses and strains of the modern world seem irrelevant. The country moves at a pace as languid as the Mekong River that flows through it. Towns are less hectic than elsewhere in Asia and the countryside is a combination of beauty and tranquility. Despite increased interest from the outside world, Laos still remains the undoubted undiscovered gem of Asia. The landlocked nation of a little over six million people exudes a delightful, almost other-worldly charm and reminds one of a simpler, easier time.