Laos is the smallest country in Indochina with just under 240,000 square kilometers, but famous for “The Land of Million Elephants”. It has boundary with Vietnam in the east, Thailand in the west, Cambodia in the south, China in the north and Myanmar in the north west. Laos is an extremely exciting country with amazing natural beauty, friendly local residents and lots of religious as well as cultural attractions. As the only landlocked area in Southeast Asia, almost of Laos terrains is mountainous, mixing with tropical climates makes it own diversity of mountains, caves and water all year around. The cuisine of this hospitable country also is influenced by its neighbors in the important role of rice, besides pork, chicken, fish and beef.
Being a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos is an valued experience for the adventurous thanks to its deep history, tradition, cultures and plentiful landscapes.
- When is the best time to visit Laos?
Because of tropical climate and monsoon effects, Laos sees a rainy season from May to October, a dry one from November through February, and a hot dry one in March and April. The best time to visit Laos is from October to April when the weather is warm and dry. Especially, if clients take a river travel, November to January is the best one when water levers is enough high to easily pass cruise along Laos main waterway, Mekong River.
- How to travel to Laos?
Airplane: Thanks to air links, it is easier to visit Laos, especially departing Bangkok, Hanoi, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, visitors can take a cheap short flight to/from Laos or Luang Prabang.
Night bus: Similar to air lines, there is a road improve between Laos and surrounding regions, visitors can transfer between major cities of South East Asia to Laos (Vientiane, Pakse and Luang Prabang).
Train: Another way to come Laos is by train, which will bring tourists a different experience to enjoy this landlocked country.
- What to do in Laos?
Mount Phousi: Located in UNESCO-protected Luang Prabang, Mount Phousi (or Phu Si) is the heart of this charming city in both spirituality and geography. From the peak, visitors can catch an amazing panoramic view of Luang Prabang and tranquil valley at its bottoms, especially experience gorgeous sunsets here.
Kuang Si Falls: Far 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls is the biggest waterfall here with highest drop reaching 50 meters. It is a gift of nature to this region with the large cascade of turquoise water dropping from the thick jungle above into sculpted limestone pools below.
Buddha Park: Situated in Laos’ capital, Vientiane, Buddha Park is a famous tourist attractions, which is a harmony blend of over 200 religious giant stone sculptures and unique spiritual value of both Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. It is said that Bunleua Sulilat, the creator of this park, believed that Buddhism and Hinduism came from the same origin, so he put the both sculptures of them together to create an innovative spectacle.
Vat Phou: Vat Phou was declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 because of its testimony to the ruins of a Khmer Hindu temple dating back from 5th century. Until now, it is still a remarkably well-preserved landscape more than 1,000 years old, expressing Hindu vision of nature and humanity relationship.