Probably one of the most talked-about destinations among travelers for a purely exotic experience in one of the most laid-back cultures on the planet is Laos. This land-locked and mountainous country within South-East Asia contains some of the most untouched countryside and pristine cultures still left on Earth, and while it is currently beginning to develop at a rapid pace, there are still traces of the culture that exist in some of the undeveloped parts of the country which gives travelers an insight into the simple village lifestyle of this part of the world. Archaeological evidence shows that Laos has been inhabited for over ten thousand years.
Bordering Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and China, Laos is right in the middle of one of the most historic regions of Asia. From the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang, with its colonial architecture, temples, and night-life, to the Phou Hin Boun National Park along the banks of the Mekong just south of Vientiane, there's plenty to see and do while in Laos. From the laid-back lifestyle to the eco-tourism that the country has to offer, there is a reason this place has earned legendary cult status among travelers over the past few years.
While the country is accessible to all levels of travelers, it is important to note that Laos operates in a completely different manner than the West. It is a developing country, but they are doing so at their own pace. Accommodations in the major cities, such as Vientiane and Luang Prabang, will be reasonably modern, although transportation is going to require an adventurous spirit. Delays are common, and the vehicles will be questionable in some areas.
Visiting Laos is the experience a lifetime. From the scenic boat rides down the Huay Xai to the waterfalls and jungle of Nam Tok Katamok to the tribal villages of the Bolaven Plateau, there is more than enough to keep any traveler busy for several weeks, or multiple trips. Although safe for any level of traveler, it's always good to travel with a companion, especially after dark.
Luang Prabang is a city. I mention it because - once you arrive - drifting amongst the clouds of this beautiful tourist Mecca will quickly make you forget. It’s the colorful home of thousan…
An unusually delicate, temple-strewn capital sat on the banks of the Mekong, Vientiane goes totally against the grain of Asian capitals, being a slow-paced, relaxing kind of spot where you mi…
A tiny town in central Laos, Vang Vieng was a place of next to no international reputation until very recently, when the former bus hub was transformed into the centre of one of the most popu…
Pak Beng is a small village in Laos, located on the Mekong River about halfway between the Thai border at Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, Laos. It is mainly known for a stop over for boats runnin…
Louang Namtha is in the Northwest corner of Laos fairly close to the border of Thailand. This is town almost reminiscent of the old western towns in the US due to it's large dusty streets an…
Bokeo is a tiny village at the river Mekong opposite the thai town of Chiang Saen in the golden triangle. It is possible to cross the river with tiny boats and to get a day permission to ente…
Si Phan Don is a series of small islands on the Mekong River in Laos. The islands are right before the Cambodian border. This area is also referred to as the 4,000 islands but it is said du…
Muang Khua is a small town surrounded with two rivers and settled on the high rock above them. It is located in the North-east Laos on the main road that comes from the Vietnam. It is a great…
Muang Ngoy is a perfect spot from where you can make trackings to smaller cummunities in the neigbourhood. You can see a cave and very beautiful landscapes with rice fields and karstmountains…