My first visit to Laos was in the summer of 2012, whereby I spent 2 weeks in the northern region. I immensely enjoyed every day of that trip: from multi-day hikes through soft, rolling, lush hills, to wandering on a rented bike and stumbling upon local carnivals, street food, and grand temples in construction, to taking long-tail boats across the Mekong River and befriending local strangers who would later show me awe-inspiring empty caves.

Five years later, I was fortunate to return to Laos. This time, I visited the Central and Southern regions: Thakhek, Pakse, and the 4,000 Islands. During three weeks, with the help of public buses and a rented motorbike, I saw, experienced, and ate as much as I could. Laos remains one of my favorite places in the world. Here, in chronological order, are the photos I took.