Laos, contemporarily known as Asia's hidden little gem, has more surprises for the tourists and it is waiting to be discovered. It is becoming one of the major destinations for travellers who like to visit the unknown areas of the world and see exotic places. There are treasures at every turn, from the many beautiful wats (now declared national treasures) to the forgotten decade-old fire hydrants on street corners in Vientiane. The lack of foreign influence offers travellers an unparalleled glimpse of traditional South-East Asian life. From the fertile lowlands of the Mekong River valley to the rugged Annamite highlands, travellers who have made it to Laos tend to agree that this country is the highlight of South-East Asia.