Laos, like its immediate neighbors in Indochina, is an interesting blend of communism and newly-arrived free enterprise, with assorted cultural influences. Officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, it is still a single-party state and politically a socialist republic.
Also deeply historic, like its southern neighbor Cambodia, Laos, too, was once a kingdom, the Kingdom of Lan Xang or "Land of a Million Elephants," and later on a French protectorate. Until in 1975, when the communists gained power.
Vietnam, or the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the thirteenth most populous nation in the world, with a population of nearly 86 million. It is also the easternmost country on the Indochina peninsula, bordered by Cambodia to the southwest, Laos to the northwest, China to the north, and with a long coastline along the South China Sea to its east.
Historically at a crossroads of sorts, and invaded in turn by China, Thailand. France and the United States, the influences from those eras are palpable, in the art, language, customs, culture and landscape of the country.
Spain is such a rich country both culturally and ecologically that it can be overwhelming.