A bit general, depends on what you want to see or do, how much time you have. I love Laos and Vietnam, but for different reasons. Laos is a lot more laid back then most of Vietnam, I think the food is better in Vietnam and transport a little easier to arrange, more lively than Laos. Vietnam is also a big place with many options while Laos offers more in the way of nature and temples.
thanks casey, sorry it is a bit vague, we've got two weeks in thailand, koh phi phi and full moon party on koh phangnag, then headed to Angkor, we are both big "tourist sights" and photographers and with one extra week we are not sure weather to head to Hanoi and holong bay or go through laos to luang parbang etc.
With only a week, I strongly suggest Laos (Vietnam is considerably more difficult and considerably larger/more diverse). As caseyprich says, Laos is much more laid back than VN (can be quite aggressive and frantic in the urban areas) - traffic is hell in VN, also.
Laos is indeed quieter than Vietnam. It might even be a little shock after partying in Thailand ;) It can also be a good way to rest. You can take beautiful pictures in Laos and Vietnam, don't worry. In Lao, you could go to Luang Prabang (main attraction quite touristy) and travel around either by motorbike or trekking to small villages. You will find plenty of agencies there to help you arrange. If you have time, you can also visit the Plain of Jars and take nice shots there as well. Happy travelling
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