Like its Indochina neighbours, Laos has enjoyed growth and prosperity in its more recent history, making it an appealing destination for Western travelers seeking a real experience of Southeast Asia. With a culture and history based in commerce, it’s no surprise Laos is moving ahead as an economic centre.
There are many Laos tour options from short stays to longer tour packages which traverse the entire country. Begin from Vientiane, then stop in the enchanting World Heritage Listed city of Luang Prabang where you will savor its temples, waterfalls, and remarkable caves. Visit other destinations like Vang Vieng, Pakse, and Khong Island and you’ll soon understand why Laos is Indochina’s undiscovered diamond.
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Located on the Mekong River, Laos’ capital Vientiane is where you’ll find important holy monuments, including the country’s most revered Buddhist monument, Pha That Luang and the Haw Phra Kaew (where the Emerald Buddha is housed). It’s also home to other monuments, including Patuxai - commemorating Lao independence, and Wat Si Saket - a favourite of the 19th century King of Laos.
In Vang Vieng, make the trek to Thousand Island Lake, then make time to explore the famous caves located close by. The most famous of these is Tham Jang, which gained notoriety when it was repurposed as a bunker to stave off the Chinese during the 19th century.
Well-known for its many festivals, regardless of when you travel, there’s a very good chance the timing will coincide with a local festival. Among the best festivals you’ll find the Lao Handicrafts Festival, the annual Laos Fire Boat Festival, the Laos Food Festival (yum!), and the Lao New Year (go prepared to be inundated (with water), literally.
A highlight in Laos, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage site. With the region in and around Luang Prabang home to all that’s synonymous with Laos - buddhist monuments, caves, and waterfalls - it’s a destination that should definitely be part of any Laos tour. Luang Prabang highlights include Wat Sene and Wat Xieng Thong (Golden City Temple) and the Pak Ou Caves, located in a dramatic limestone cliff overlooking the Mekong River. It’s here you’ll find thousands of miniature Buddhas in various positions from meditation to nirvana.
Get a taste of local life by heading to Phosi Market where villagers shop. Be sure to arrive early for the best experience of the bustling atmosphere and range of food and products. You can also gain an insight to local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Quay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene and Khmu Village.
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