Best Countries for Solo Travelers
No. 3: Laos (tie)
Happiness Ranking: 19
Safety Ranking: 34
Laos has something of a cultlike status among single travelers. Like Vietnam, Laos was a war-ravaged place that has emerged as a peaceful haven. Unlike Vietnam, it has managed to retain much of its original culture and to preserve its environment, among the most pristine in Southeast Asia. Take a riverboat trip down the Mekong River. Relax in the laid-back national capital of Vientiane. Or visit the historic royal city of Luang Prabang, one of the country’s most important Buddhist centers. Better yet, arrange a village homestay to experience Laos at a grassroots level.