The mountainous, landlocked country of Laos is one of Southeast Asia's greatest tourist destinations: an unassuming, friendly land full of natural beauty and interesting cultural sites.

The sleepy, languid nature of Laos' capital Vientiane is symbolic of the easy-going, relaxed atmosphere that permeates the entire country. Tourist sites in Vientiane include Pha That Luang, a gorgeous Buddhist temple, and Buddha Park, housing a wonderfully bizarre collection of both Buddhist and Hindu religious edifices.

However, the number one tourist destination in Laos remains the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang. A mixture of authentic culture and modern convenience, in Luang Prabang monks in orange robes stroll past a curious mixture of traditional wooden houses and French colonial architecture, while a bustling cafe culture plays out on the banks of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers.

Although Vientiane and Luang Prabang are the most popular destinations in Laos, the countryside is also well worth exploring for adventurous travellers. Particularly in the south of the country, seemingly endless hiking trails explore dense forests and pristine waterfalls, and friendly villages make for perfect camp sites. There is a lot to see and do in Laos, and its laid-back atmosphere makes it a perfect destination for 'slow travel' enthusiasts.


Capital City : Vientiane
Best time to visit : November to March
Avoid : May to October (Wet season)
Currency : Laotian Kip
Official Language : Lao


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Vientiane, Luang Prabang
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