Laos Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Local Culture
- 51%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (15)
- LaosMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsDec 06, 2013
Beautiful, undeveloped, laid-back Laos, with its fabulously kind and welcoming folk, may just be the sweetest country in SE Asia. Each and every place I visited in the country qualified as a highlight. It's fantastically cheap, with great food and lovely countryside, but it's the supreme goodness of its people that set it apart. Spend a week letting the slow rhythm of its rivers transform you, eating copiously and well, and talking to people who give the lie to the title of Thailand as the 'Land of Smiles': Laos is 100 times more friendly.
- LaosMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Sep 01, 2013
The last 10 years has seen an explosion of tourism in Laos with backpackers spilling in from neighboring Thailand. With not the off-the-beaten-path destination it once was, life is still unhurried here and infrastructure basic. Extremely friendly people and beautiful landscape and culture are the main draws. Great country to relax and take it easy. My only criticism is that that it is quite difficult to "do what the locals do" because locals don't really travel or eat out, so most everything is set up for tourists only.
- LaosJul 05, 2012
Beautiful country. The people are lovely and the food is great, try to get off the beaten path if you can, the countryside to amazing. Low season it the best time to go ( if you can stand the heat, April and May). Don't bother with Vang Viang, there are much nicer places to go if you really want to see the country.
- LaosJul 05, 2012
I have never met someone who did not absolutely love Laos and it is easy to see why. It is what I imagine Thailand was 20 years ago. It is still a little remote, not too touristy, cheap and fun. Backpackers go there, but I had never really heard too much about it before I moved here. Great landlocked country that will be a great change of scenery from the South of Thailand's beaches and Bangkok pollution!
- LaosJul 04, 2012
It is pretty unbelievable how from the river islets of the far south to the lush green mountains of the the far north, there is not really an inch of this country that does not qualify as stunning scenery. Laos has so much to offer for appreciators of nature and adventurers. You can ride tubes down rivers passing limestone karsts, trek through diverse mountainous jungles to remote minority villages, swim in blue lagoon pools, explore caves, circle a gorgeous plateau by bicycle, motorbike or car, and climb waterfalls of all heights. What is even more impressive is the lifestyle of the local people. You might have to rethink your definition of "laid back" after visiting Laos as it will seem like life moves at less than half the pace of what you're used to. Don't be surprised to find yourself spending days rocking back and forth in a riverside hammock without any memory of what was stressing you out the week before. The locals are kind and helpful and a polite "No, thanks" is enough for a solicitor to leave you be (this is hard to find in most developing Asian countries). Oh and don't forget to leave a lot of extra room in your luggage because it is really hard to walk away empty-handed from the handicraft markets (my favorite of all the Asian markets I've been to!)
- LaosJul 03, 2012
OMG. I was in Laos for two weeks and it was nuts. All very rough, but good food, nice people, great scenery and tons of adventure. My odyssey across north-central Laos -- from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan to see the Plain of Jars -- was definitely the most adventurous four-day period of my life up to now. In the dry season, it's maybe 100 or 150 miles and supposed to take four or five hours, but that road is deemed too dangerous in the rainy season because of landslides and Hmong guerrillas. I had to take a route that was twice as long. It included several song thao rides of 5 to 20 miles each, a bus ride of maybe 50 miles, a 200-yard slog through thigh-deep mud, and finally a 20-mile ride in a Soviet-era taxi cab through a landscape that was cratered like the moon. The Plain of Jars made it worth the hassle. Oh, this was in September 2000, by the way. I have no idea whether the roads are any different except that Google Maps won't let you plot the direct route from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan.
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