Have you ever heard of or been to Laos? Have you ever heard of or been to Vietnam? They are gorgeous neighbours, but it seems many more travellers have discovered Vietnam than Laos. Let us introduce you to Laos, one of the less travelled gems of Asia and a simply lovely place to visit.
Nestled in the heart of South East Asia, you will find the lovely country of Laos. It’s laidback, life is at a much slower pace than in its Asian neighbours, the people are gorgeous, the scenery is spectacular, the food is yum – what more could you want in a holiday destination?
Whilst tourism is Laos is well established, it’s not on the mass-tourism map. Laos has kept its traditions and way of life and blended in with growing tourism. There is a huge diversity of people and the scenery ranges from jungle to rice fields to mountains and river islands. You can explore nature, cultural life, the combination of traditional food with a French influence or relax in a spa. There is something for everyone and generally speaking, everyone Loves Laos.
The main tourist spots of Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane are well worth a visit.
Luang Prabang is a quaint town with UNESCO World Heritage status. Sitting on the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, it is an idyllic spot where monks wander the streets, you can choose from many great restaurants and cafes and within a very short distance are some spectacular sights such as the Kuang Si Waterfall and the Pak Ou Caves.
Vientiane is the capital – and as far as Asian capitals go, it is very low key! It’s a great place to spend a few days, visit some wats and markets and enjoy the culture of Laos. Further afield you’ll find less frequented places and here you can discover and enjoy a deeper layer of Laos.
In the Eastern part of Laos, down some windy roads near the town of Phonsavan, you will find the Plain of Jars. A mystery to this day, no one really know what these jars were used for or where they came from.
The Mekong River forms a large part of Laos’ Western border and runs the length of the country. In the South of Laos the Mekong reaches its widest point and is dotted with islands – Si Phan Don, also known as 4000 Islands. It’s no exaggeration, there are a lot of islands and the scenery is like a postcard any which way you look. It’s not uncommon for travellers to stay on longer than they anticipated.