The landlocked nation, Laos, is undoubtedly one of the world’s few remaining really unique travel locales.
Laos boasts a “back in time” atmosphere, kind inhabitants, Buddhist monasteries, and mysterious historical places. When visiting this nation, be prepared for a cultural rollercoaster.
Laos is a hidden treasure among its more well-known neighbors, China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The 49 ethnic groups that make up the nation impact the cuisine, culture, traditions, and holidays, giving the nation its rich cultural variety.
So, plan your holidays to Laos this vacation and get a genuine understanding of and immersion in traditional Lao culture.
A small history of Laos
A political solution could not be reached, and in the 1960s, Laos was trapped in the larger Asian War. The USA bombarded Paphet Lao land from 1964 to 1973, but they could not subdue them.
The Communists then conquered South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975. When the Royalists realized how things were developing, they left Laos, allowing the Paphet Lao to seize power. In 1975, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic was established.
The entire Communist system was put in place. However, market reforms were instituted by the Laotian government in 1988. As a result, Laos’ economy started to expand quickly.
Laos joined ASEAN in the meantime, in 1997. Then, in 2013, it acceded to the WTO.
What can you do during your holiday in Laos?
1. Explore Luang Prabang city
The UNESCO-listed town of Luang Prabang highlights its natural and man-made attractions with a fusion of traditional Laotian architecture and urban structures. European colonial authorities constructed those structures in the 19th and 20th centuries, creating a singular and well-preserved beauty.
Luang Prabang is the country’s former capital and one of Laos’s best places to visit.
The ancient city of Luang Prabang sometimes referred to as the “Jewel in Laos Crown,” has managed to maintain its long-standing history and attractiveness. It includes royal and aristocratic mansions, Buddhist monasteries, temples, and other buildings.
2. Visit Mount Phor Si for trekking
The holy hill, known as Mount Phousi, is situated in the heart of the ancient town of Luang Prabang, between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers.
There are plenty of nature enthusiasts at this location despite the fact that it involves ascending more than 300 stairs on either side of the mountain.
Since Wat Chom Si is one of the well-known tourist attractions of this hike, there are a lot of merchants selling flowers, incense, and other items on the route up.
3. Take an adventurous trip to Vang Vieng
Ruggedly attractive Vang Vieng is no longer the party town that earned it its terrible image, but there is still enough fun. It is hidden among green-carpeted karsts and pockets of forest.
Explore Vang Vieng’s greatest caverns if you’d rather be underground than in the air. Ancient Buddha sculptures, a Buddha footprint, and an elephant-shaped stalactite can all be found at Tham Xang (Elephant Cave).
Vang Vieng has plenty of places to unwind if you need to, such as riverbank hammocks where you may have a Beer Lao while watching the world go by.
Apart from these mesmerizing locations, you can double up your pleasures by going on holiday to Vietnam as well.
4. Take a tour of Vientiane city
A trip through the country’s capital, Vientiane, is the best way to get a sense of its history and culture because of the enormous diversity of ethnic groups that make up Laos’ people.
You can see the city’s main tourist destinations, including Buddha Park, Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, and the Patuxay Monument.
Also, be sure to visit the Vientiane night market for a fun outing nearby.
The Great Stupa in Vientiane, known as That Luang, serves as the country’s emblem. It is the holiest site in the nation and is shown on the official seal of Laos.
With its two temples and spectacular 45-meter-tall stupa, whose top is coated in gold leaf, That Luang appears more like a fortress from the outside, enclosed by thick walls.
5. Bokeo Gibbon experience
The Bokeo Gibbon Experience could be what you’re searching for if you’re seeking a little more of an adventure in this peaceful nation.
You may stay in one of the tallest treehouses in the world on your holidays to Laos
and get up close and personal with wild gibbons in their natural environment as part of this exhilarating adventure.
The journey starts with a stroll into the lush forest, where you will encounter everything from tigers to deer and wild gibbons.
Once you have reached your location, you will spend the following two nights sleeping in one of the hanging tree huts, surrounded by animals.
The unique experience concludes with a breathtaking zip-line ride in the heart of the Nam Kan National Park, which will excite anyone looking for an adrenaline rush. Don’t forget to include that in your list of the best things to do in Laos if it seems enjoyable and exciting to you.
6. Swim in Kuang Si Waterfall
One of the most stunning works of nature in the Kingdom of Laos is the three-tiered cascading Kuang Si Waterfall, which is tucked away in a lush tropical jungle.
The harmony of the green of the lush forest and the azure of the crystal-clear lake has attracted viewers’ interest.
Nature enthusiasts won’t soon forget the sensations of relaxing in the turquoise swimming pools and letting the powerful torrent shower their bodies after spending a day at Kuang Si Waterfall.
Hiking up to the peak, despite being challenging, is another wonderful activity to take in the gorgeous environment.
This captivating activity allows you to take in the breathtaking views from the summit, avoid the tumultuous masses and immerse yourself in the tranquil stream of the lovely woodland, as well as several unusual flowers along the route.
Laos is separated into three regions: the north, the center, and the south. Each has beautiful scenery and a welcoming environment.
This tranquil nation makes up for its lack of geographic prominence with stunning beauty and allure. Its neighbors also offer breathtaking beauty, which is worth the Cambodia tours.