Friday Feature: Laos

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Laos

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Laos is arguably one of the few truly exotic travel destinations left in the world. Located in southeast Asia by Thailand and Vietnam, Laos is home to number Buddist temples, UNESCO world heritage sites, and breathtaking scenery. However, unlike it’s neighboring countries this little country is not quite as advanced in regards to tourism, meaning that you can expect a very authentic and cultural experience. How do you get to this little country? When flying through international connections, it is easier to arrive in Bangkok first. Bangkok connects well with Laos to the airports of Luang Prabang, Vientiane and Pakse. 

Best Times to Visit: The small, landlocked country of Laos is best visited between October and April, when the weather's warm and dry throughout. River travel is best between November and January, when high water levels make passage easy along Laos' main waterway, the Mekong River.

Things to do:

Visit the That Luang. Also known as the Great Stupa in Vientiane, That Luang is a national symbol and the most sacred monument in the entire country. Its foundation dates back to the 3rd century to house a breastbone of Buddha. It is located just a little over a half of a mile northeast of central Vientiane, it’s easily reachable by tuk-tuk or bicycle, which you can rent from most guesthouses.

Spend some time in Luang Prabang. This charming little town ranks as the top must-visit destination in the country. Mostly because the entire town is a dedicated UNESCO world heritage sight. It is home to former royal palaces, over 30 temples, old French colonial architecture, and plenty of natural beauty!

Tub down the Nam Sung River. Located along the town of Vang Vieng, the Nam Sung River is a place where tourists and locals gather to tub down the river. The town of Vang Vieng sits between Vientiane and Luang Prabang and is a little slice of heaven with patty fields and beautiful limestone cliffs.

Visit the Bolaven Plateau and Tad Fane Waterfall. Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is famous for its great scenery, ethnic villages and unexplored corners. It’s a nature lovers dream and probably best known for being home to some of the most spectacular waterfalls including Tad Fane and Dong Hua Sao.

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Feature Hotel: Amantaka, Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao

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Things to know before you go…

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  • English speaking people are not easy to find. Even the hotel and restaurant workers will know very few English words so it is best to brush up on your Lao, the native language.

  • It is a very rural country. The majority of locals live in very small villages spread throughout the country.

  • Most natives are Buddists. They are very patient with tourists but always reember to respect their culture and religion.

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