Laos might be a tiny, land-locked nation in Southeast Asia. But what it lacks in size it makes up for with an overload of cultural and natural attractions that rival some of the best in the region. With a history that stretches back over a thousand years, Laos is home to ornate historical Buddhist temples, French colonial architecture and dramatic, mountainous landscapes. Under communist rule for more than 40 years, capital Vientiane offers a balance of old and new, seen in the colonial architecture, museums and evolving dining scene. UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang, the former royal capital, offers a rich mix of French colonial history, Buddhist traditional and natural beauty.
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New York
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.