Laos may look like your typical landlocked country, but it has a lot more to offer. With its perfect blend of pristine environment, rustic villages and its upcoming urbanization, this country is slowly becoming a popular destination for travelers. Travelers who romance the idea of adventure with a perfect blend of rural ethnicity and a refreshing wilderness must head to this country today!
Begin your journey at Luang Namtha which provides a perfect spot for trekking as you travel along to villages of Muang Xay. Next, travel to Luang Prabang, where you will be greeted with an iridescence of the local flora, local monks and the thriving markets throughout the streets. Continue to travel to the popular town of Phonsavan, rich in the local culture as well as urban modernization. Next, travel to the capital city of Vientiane, where you can experience the historic quarters of earlier colonial rule amidst wandering monks and towering lunging naga statues. Move onto Muang Pakxan, Muang Khamkout and finally reach Tha Khaek where you can visit any of the local attractions. Travel onwards to Ban Bak and onto Pakse where you can sip the local delicious beerlao as you soak up the local vibe. Finally, travel to Champasak and its prestigious cultural landscapes which are also part of the UNESCO world heritage site.
Laos has several attractions that comprise of religious structures and natural marvels that will fill your stay with wonderful memories. A must visit is the national monument of the Pha That Luang, which is a gold covered Buddhist stupa. Its distinctive architecture to the Lao culture has become a sacred symbol to all the locals. Another popular attraction is the Xieng Khuan, also known as the Buddha Park which houses several religious statues in an open field. Hike up the sacred mountain of mount Phou Si where you can visit the old town of Luang Prabang, located in the heart of these mountains. Wild life enthusiasts must visit the iconic lands of Nakai Nam Theun home to several local flora and fauna species.
The cuisines of Laos are a great culinary adventure, especially for those crave a spicy flavor mixed with the local herbs and vegetables. Start your meal with the khao niaow and laap along with a side dish of tam maak hung. Seafood lovers can take delight in the som tam or pa daek, that comprises of the local daily catch. Those looking for more variety in their meals can try the ping kai and mok pa. Don’t forget to wash down your meal with the locally brewed beerlao or lao lao.
Laos offers a large variety of exciting adventures and sports to its visitors. Trekking is a popular activity here, especially with home stays on mountainous regions and national parks. Kayaking and tubing are popular events near the river coasts. You can even go river cruising in certain areas. For those looking at an adventure above the landscapes, one can go mountain biking near the mountainous regions.
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