Laos, Thailand’s Eastern neighbor offers a number of fulfilling travelling destinations. With a number of new bridges spanning the mighty Mekong and cheaper flights from Bangkok to the old Laos capital of Luang Prabang, a trip to Laos has never been easier.

Laos, officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), is a country in Southeast Asia. Laos traces its history to the kingdom of Lan Xang, which existed from the 14th to the 18th century when it split into three separate kingdoms.

A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar (Burma) and China to the north. The key attraction of Laos is its undoubted status as the least westernised, the most relaxed and thereby the most authentic of all Indochinese nations.

Laos has a rich history stretching back 10,000 years. Luang Prabang and Wat Phu are both UNESCO World Heritage sites, with the Plain of Jars expected to join them once more work to clear UXO has been completed.

Landlocked and laid-back, it’s a unique spin on the Southeast Asia experience. Here Buddhism permeates every facet of life, change comes slowly, and cities bed down early. The Lao wilderness is drawing travellers looking for nature, adventure or both.

Kayaking, rafting, rock-climbing and biking are all available, but it’s the community-based trekking that is most popular. Laos has become popular with tourists for its relaxed style of living and for retaining elements of the “original Asia” lost elsewhere. The official tourism slogan is “Simply Beautiful”.

Laos major tourist destinations

Wat Si Saket Temple in Vientiane

Vientiane the capital and largest city of Laos
The Lao capital of Vientiane sits on the northern bank of the Mekong River facing across to the even sleepier Thai …

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, outstanding example traditional architecture
Luang Prabang is the former capital of Laos located in north central of the country …
Luang Prabang

Khone Phapheng Falls

Champasak Province in southwestern Laos
Champasak lies in the western bank of the slow-flowing Mekong River, southwestern Laos. It is one of the 3 …

Plain of Jars a megalithic archaeological landscape

Plain of Jars a megalithic archaeological landscape
Considered the most distinctive of all the attractions of the country, consists of thousands of stone jars scattered, remain a mysterious ancient sight …

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng
A riverside tourist town lies on the Nam Song River, encompassed by the karst hill landscapes, has become a backpacker destination …
Vang Vieng

Forest Plants in Khao Yai National Park

Bokeo Nature Reserve
This protected area in northwestern Laos, was created to protect its population of the black-cheeked gibbon that inhabits tropical evergreen …
Bokeo Nature Reserve

Nong Khiaw
With cycling and walking routes around the village this place became famous for tourists. Mountain-climbing opportunities are also available for nature lovers …

Muang Ngoi Neua
Located in Louang Phrabang Province, a small riverside Lao village with mountains, forests, valleys for experience life, amazing treks and walks …

The Mekong River
The 7th-longest river in Asia, it is a most popular things to do in Laos, a magnificent scenery and serene life with unique boat cruises …

Vieng Xai
The City of Victory, a small town in Hua Phan Province with an important history, also known as Vieng Sai, an extensive network of caves …

Si Phan Don, the 4000 islands a riverine archipelago
Si Phan Don is characterised by numerous islands in the Mekong River, in the Southern Laos in Champasak province, Don (Island) Khong is the biggest …

Luang Namtha
Located in northern part of the country, it is the capital of Luang Namtha Province and the largest settlement in northwest Laos …

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