Temples? Saw plenty in Thailand, and in better shape.
Huts on piles, woven of palm fronds and bamboo? All over Madagascar.
Landscape? Dry, brown and dusty, with huge swathes of felled trees, awaiting burning, so the land can be cultivated.
The people? Nice enough. maybe I’ll think more highly of them after being in Vietnam a few days. The Vietnamese have a reputation for being rude and pushy and downright aggressive, especially where money is concerned.
Anyhow, I’m not saying don’t go to Laos, but I don’t know that I’ll ever return.