Laos was a part of the French Empire until the fifties which is obvious even now. There are lots of cafes, baguettes, croissants, and French architecture. The locals also speak quite a bit of French which we found surprising.
The people of Laos are more genuine and friendlier than the Thai people. They are a pleasure to talk to and deal with and tend not to rip tourists off. We have also noticed that there isn’t as much poverty as in Thailand which is probably due to the fact that Laos is a communist country.
We are hoping to visit Mount Phusi tomorrow and visit some temples if the weather cooperates. It has been quite rainy and overcast here lately.