Laos (Lao), Thailand’s neighbor to the northeast, is considered one of the “unspoiled” Asian countries to experience. Though Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world, governed under Communist rule, westernization is slowly finding its way to this generally tranquil and peaceful nation. I was, however, happy to see that after six years (from when I was here the first time)  whatever changes that have been made (with regards to the look and feel of the country) were not drastic. (But, that was back in 2004.)