The Khone Phapheng waterfall on the Mekong River is the widest waterfall in the world, measuring up to 14km (8.7 miles) wide during the monsoon season!
The official language of Laos is Lao, although French and English are also spoken here, amongst lesser known ethnic languages.
If you fancy a drop or two of Lao Lao (ricewhisky), you’ll need to exchange your spending money for Laotian Kip, the official currency here.
Laotians live for an average of 64 years.
In Luang Prabang, bars and restaurants close at 11.30pm every night and most guesthouses operate a midnight curfew for tourists; this is in place so that locals and visitors can rise early in the morning to distribute alms (offerings such as money or food) to the monks!