I'm travelling to Laos in December. How safe is Laos? I'm looking for any Laos safety information. Is petty crime such as theft common? Should I be wary of any scams? I've heard that there are sometime bandits, particularly along the road from the Valley of Jars (Phonsavan) to Luang Prabang, is this true? Also, what is the situation with regard to land mines and unexploded ordinances (UXOs) in the rural areas?