Despite a limited infrastructure, Laos is a wonderful country to visit. The Laotians are some of the friendliest, gentlest people in Southeast Asia - devoutly Buddhist and traditional in many ways. Not yet inured to countless visiting foreigners, locals volunteer assistance and a genuine welcome.
And because this landlocked nation is so sparsely populated- fewer than 7 million people in an area larger than Great Britain - its countryside is dominated by often impenetrable forested mountains. Laos has a rich culture and history, and though it's been a battleground many times in the past, it's a peaceful, stable country today.
Although Laos has opened itself up to international trade and tourism, it's still a secondary destination on most itineraries. Tourism professionals in Thailand and Laos have been energetically pushing a joint cooperation program, making it considerably easier for visitors to Thailand to plan a side trip to Laos. Much of the Thai part of this program is based in Chiang Mai, from which Luang Prabang and Vientiane are easily reached by air in 60 to 80 minutes. Most travel agents in Chiang Mai can set you up with a tour to Laos for as little as $500 (including airfare). You can also fly to Vientiane and Luang Prabang from Bangkok, or cross the Mekong over bridges at Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani, in eastern Isan. Ferries link Chang Kong, in northern Thailand, with the Lao river port of Huay Xai.
Find out why travelers from all over the world are flocking to Laos and why it should be your next travel destination.
Vivid nature, voluptuous landscapes and a vibrant culture collide with a painful past and optimistic future to make Laos an enigmatic experience for the adventurous.
Plain of Jars in Xieng Khouang Plateau is known to be one of the most special archaeological sites all over the world. The mysterious origin of these giant stone jars is the main factor that attracts many people when visiting Laos.
The hidden charm of Laos’ nature is not only by lush jungles but also by cascading waterfalls (e.g., Kuang Si Falls, Tad Sae Waterfall, Tad Fane Waterfall, Tad Yuang Waterfall). If you’re adventure lovers, there are various exciting activities that allow you to experience their untouched wilderness.
Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) is the true off-the-beaten-track in Southern Laos. Totally contrast to the touristy vibe in other main spots, Si Phan Don features a great authentic ambience for chilling out without any disturb.
The Almsgiving Ceremony every early morning in Luang Prabang is a must for your travel bucket list in Laos. Lines of saffron-clad monks silently walking in the streets and doing their daily ritual is the symbolic image of Laos that you should not miss witnessing and joining if interested.
If you’re looking to cover as much of Laos as possible in a Laos Tour then October to April is the best time to visit this country when the weather is warm and dry. Especially November and January are the ideal months to take a Lao River Cruise when the Mekong River has high water levels.