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Laos Travel Guide

As the perennially ignored Southeast Asian destination, Laos is in pole position to surprise most any traveler to the region with its many attractions, from isolated beaches to wildlife-filled forests. In Laos you'll discover a virginal landscape, wats alive with orange robed monks, peaceful riverside villages and friendly people. Tranquil, green and completely refreshing, Laos is one of Asia's best-kept secrets.  Nowhere is this unhurried atmosphere more apparent than in the former royal capital, Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city displaying ancient temples alive with monks as well as beautiful colonial architecture. Vientiane is perhaps Southeast Asia's calmest capital, despite bearing evidence of a tumultuous history.

Here, spend the morning viewing temples and the afternoon sipping a cool Beer lao before watching the sunset over the Mekong. Laos' varied landscapes include the flat plains of the remote Bolovens Plateau, the Khone Phapheng Falls, the mysterious Plain of Jars and the dense forests of the north. Admire some of the best French architecture from the colonial days. Laos has every thing you need and more.

Laos is one of Southeast Asia’s most beguiling destinations. Caught in the middle of the two Indochina wars and long isolated from the rest of the world, the country retains a slow, rather old-fashioned charm, and its people – incredibly laidback and friendly, even by Asian standards – are undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit. Laos is fast becoming the darling of South-east Asia, satisfying all the romantic images of perfumed frangipani trees, saffron-robed monks, rusty old bicycles and golden temples, all set amongst a rich tapestry of tropical river islands, ethnic minority villages, cascading waterfalls and vivid, green rice paddies, and bound together by the mighty Mekong River, the country’s lifeline.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT Laos

Country LocationSouth Eastern Asia
Total area237,955 km2
Coastline2256 km
Laos Population6,758,353 million ( 2016)
Density26.7/km2
Main languageLao
Lao Phone code+856
InternetLao
Laos ClimateTropical
Ethnic Group10
Main GroupLao
Longest RiverMekong River
LaoLocal TimeGMT+7
Politic SystemSocialist Republic
City Vientiane
Largest CityVientiane
CurrencyLao kip (LAK) 
ReligionBuddhism 
PresidentBounnhang Vorachith
Prime MinisterThongloun Sisoulith

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Don Det - an island which has become a mecca for backpackers offering a laidback island lifestyle, beautiful waterfalls and $5 bungalows with river views and hammocks to enjoy the view with a cold Beer Lao. (Beer Lao may be the greatest Asian beer ever!). We already knew we weren’t going to be able to see the entire country in a trip for our inner adrenaline junkie there were underground river caves, white-water rapids and jungle ziplines; for our inner wildlife nut there were treks through some of Southeast Asia’s most pristine forests, still home to rare creatures; for our inner foodie there was the kaleidoscope of flavours that is Lao cuisine.
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Highlights of Laos

Muang Ngoy

Muang Ngoy, Laos - Travel guide

Muang Ngoi   once held mythic status on the Southeast Asia backpacker trail as a gorgeous, sleepy village only accessible by boat, where there’s no electricity let alone ATM or Internet connection. While still gorgeous and sleepy, the modern world has arrived. Sort of.
Pakse

Pakse, Laos - Travel guide

Pakse  or  Pakxe  is the capital and most populous city in the southern province of Champasak, making it the third most populous city in Laos. It has a population of about 87,000,situated at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers. It also...
Phongsaly

Phongsaly, Laos - Travel guide

Phongsaly Province is one of the remotest of the Lao PDR Provinces, and is dominated by rugged, mountainous terrain and an abundance of thick forests and fast-flowing rivers
Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, Laos - Travel guide

This is Laos's religious and artistic capital, and its combination of impressive natural surroundings, historic architecture, and friendly inhabitants make it one of the region's most pleasant towns. The city's abundance of ancient temples led UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage...
Saravane

Saravane, Laos - Travel guide

Salavan  (Salavane, Saravan, Saravane) is home to three national protected areas and an array of interesting ethnic groups, but the lack of tourist infrastructure means that much of the province is inaccessible to travellers
Khong Island

Khong Island, Laos - Travel guide

Khong Island or Don Khong is the largest island and the seat of administration in the Si Phan Don riverine archipelago located in the Mekong River, Khong District, Champasak Province, southern Laos.
Oudomxay

Oudomxay, Laos - Travel guide

Oudomxay is a province of Laos, located in the northwest of the country. The province capital is Muang Xai. Oudomxay Province covers an area of 15,370 square kilometres (5,930 sq mi). The province borders China to the north, Phongsali Province to the northeast, Luang Prabang Province to the...
Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha, Laos - Travel guide

Luang Namtha is perhaps the most diverse province in the entire country. Famous for trekking and ecotourism opportunities in the Nam Ha National Protected Area and home to over 30 distinct ethnic groups
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