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8 places for budget travelers to try in the off-season

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 3, 2013, 11:37 a.m.
Buddha Park, Vientiane, Laos

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While the Southeast Asian nations of Thailand and Vietnam and even, to some extent, Cambodia, have enjoyed plenty of tourism success, Laos sees a comparatively low number of visitors. Its capital city, Vientiane, feels more like a small town than a metropolitan hub. The summer low season brings a lot of heat to Laos, and rains can sometimes be torrential, but the mountainous regions do not suffer as much from the uncomfortable hotness. Tourists also can schedule their sightseeing to places like the Buddha Park in Vientiane (shown here) for the morning and evening to avoid the midday high temps. It rains almost daily between May and October, but generally in the form of hourlong downpours that give way to dry conditions. In Laos, prices are still relatively low compared to other backpacking destinations in Asia, so it is possible to enjoy some budget-priced adventures even during the November through March high season.