Laos, a green country belonging to the Indochina Peninsula, is known as the land of millions of elephants. Laos does not have a cherry festival like Japan, and blue oceans with golden sandy beaches like Thailand, but attracts visitors with its sacred temples, large Buddha statues, stunning waterfalls, and hospitable smiles of the people. Join us to learn the basics about this country to be more confident in planning your upcoming trip.
Lao People's Democratic Republic
7,512,858 as of Monday 3rd Oct 2022
Vientiane, population c. 400,000
Over 60 ethnic groups, the main ones are Lao Loum (lowland ~50%), Lao Theung (upland ~30%), Lao Sung (highland ~10%), and tribal Thais (~ 10%)
GMT +7 hours
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The ancient Khmer architecture, pagodas, and towers are meticulously carved and colorful, attracting tourists. The capital of Vientiane does not develop in terms of tourism. It is difficult for visitors to find the hustle and bustle of foreign tourists or crowded entertainment spots. In return, Vientiane will give you a feeling of peace and lightness, but not dullness.
Beautiful Vang Vieng gives visitors many different feelings when they come. This town has a series of famous adventure sports such as kayaking, hot air ballooning, bungee jumping, and ziplining, appealing to thrill enthusiasts. Vang Vieng is not only lively with attractive games, but this small town also has peaceful and romantic corners. Watching the sunrise or sunset on the Nam Song River or admiring the colorful hot air balloons hovering over the mountains are simple but romantic experiences that attract dreamers.
Being beautiful, colorful, and ancient is what the UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang leaves in the impression of visitors. Colorful stalls, local restaurants, and old houses make up a Luang Prabang with all the bold features of Laos. Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, but in return, the beauty of the river here still makes people easily intoxicated. Wandering around in Luang Prabang makes everyone feel that it's okay to slow down and be a little lazy.
435km southwest of Vientiane, there is a large plateau with a cool climate and many famous sights. It is Xieng Khouang province. This land has diverse terrain and scenery with hot springs, forests, beautiful waterfalls, and monuments. Among those sights, Xieng Khouang is most well known for its Plain of Jars, recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.
Like Luang Prabang to the north, the town of Pakse to the south has a French colonial style, sits at the confluence of rivers, and blends laid-back Lao culture with great bars and restaurants. While you can immediately leave Pakse for others in Champasak province, spending a few days exploring Pakse can make you fall in love with this peaceful town even more.
Si Phan Don means 4000 islands in Laos. Si Pha Don is in Champasak province, located in the south. This destination is famous for its large number of islands of various shapes and sizes on the Mekong River. In addition, coming to Si Pha Don, visitors can also enjoy Khone Phapheng - the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. If you are lucky, you can also see the freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins.