Due to its neighbours - Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam - Laos often gets overlooked. But, this country has a lot to offer and that too minus the crowds and at budget-friendly rates. It is the last remaining Shangri-La in Southeast Asia ripe with hidden gems. While it has a striking landscape and rich culture, it is the temples that stand out most for their ingenuity.
16th Century was Laos' golden age and many of the magnificent temples belong to this era. The most distinct facets of Laos architecture are the thats. Thats are stupas built around Buddha's relics like a hair or another body part. Thats found in Laos are unique in style and cannot be seen anywhere else in the Buddhist world. So, here are some of the most impressive thats and temples of Laos.