Laos is located in the Indochinese Peninsula region and is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. The word Laos was coined by the French, who united the three Lao kingdoms in French Indochina in 1893 and named the country as the plural of the dominant and most common ethnic group: the Lao people. With a dense forest, numerous limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The tourism sector has grown rapidly. It received 80,000 international visitors in 1990, which rose to a total of 1.876 million in 2010. Nature lovers will enjoy the country’s wild side, with the option to see exotic animals such as elephants. Equally, culture vultures can explore its ancient temples and get a feel for Laos’s spiritual side.