The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, or Laos for short, is a truly unique country in many respects, and a colourful history that includes French colonisation offers the tourist an insight into a truly amazing culture, make for a very interesting experience. The only landlocked country in South East Asia, Laos is very much a developing country that some say is about 40 years behind Thailand, in terms of development and infrastructure, and for the foreign tourist, there is much to see and experience.
Here are just a few of the places you should visit while in the magical country of Laos.
- Luang Prabang – A World Heritage Site that contains more than 50 villages, the region of Luang Prabang and also the city of the same name, offer an amazing collection of temples, which is something to add to your itinerary. Located in the north of the country, this city is the centre of the Buddhist followers, and the stunning architecture is truly a wonder to observe. There’s so much of interest in this northern city that you should seek the advice of your tour operator, who would be happy to help you plan your trip.
- Vientiane – The capital city is a vibrant and colourful metropolis that has to be experienced. The French architecture is evident everywhere, and some of the best French bread can be enjoyed on the streets of Vientiane, with bustling markets dotted across the city. An online search will reveal Laos luxury trips, tours & adventure travel for 2020, and by booking with a tour operator that is flexible enough to allow you to plan your holiday, you make the most out of your time in Laos.
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- Xiangkhouang Province – No trip to Laos would be complete without spending some time in the province of Xiangkhouang, which is a mountainous region of northern Laos. The plateau is the most even part of the country, and this is the largest producer of maize in Laos, which is mainly an agricultural region. You can immerse yourself in farming life, and by having your own English-speaking guide, you can get to know the locals and discover the secrets of their way of life.
- Vang Vieng – A quite town that lies between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng is very much the backpacking hub for young travellers who visit Laos and is far more touristy than most of the other Laos towns. Here you can experience kayaking on the Nam Song River, and there are many bars when you can sample Beer Lao, which is a very nice drink, and the local markets sell souvenirs, so you can stock up on gifts for family and friends.
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English is not widely spoken in Laos, and the best way to plan a holiday is to enlist the help of a tour operator that will tailor the tour to suit your needs. A guided tour is recommended, as having an English-speaking local guide will prove to be invaluable.
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