Laos is one of the most important tourist destinations of Asia, is a very beautiful mountain state with rich vegetation and charming landscapes. Laos is located in Southeast Asia, northeast of Thailand and west of Vietnam. You can visit Laos between November and March, when temperatures are not so blazing.
Laos is so fascinating with its Buddhist monks, boutique hotels, Buddhist temples, giving the impression that in the air is floating a bohemian atmosphere. Virgin forests, mountains and vast valleys looking so impressive, with wide forests that are home to the rarest species of the earth, Laos transposes you in a sublime world, where life is all about beautiful nature and its conservation, not having any sort of connection with materialism.
Situated on the Mekong River, Laos’s capital – Vientiane – is a capital that avoided the alignment with modernism, like others, from the desire to keep the tradition intact. Which is why here you will find peacefully people who live in their jerky and slowly rhythm, people who haven’t been captivated by modernism but instead, they have solid moral and spiritual values, deeply rooted in their mind and soul.
Beautiful and interesting would be to visit Luang Prabang, with its wooden houses, French colonial architecture and Buddhist monks dressed in orange, rooming one side to another. I consider that Luang Prabang is one of the most beautiful towns in all Indochina, where everything seems to have remained in the past, decades ago.
While you’re in Luang Prabang, do not miss the Royal Chapel – where there is the most sacred statue of Buddha in Laos. Located in the middle of a beautiful park, where you can find the peace and the harmony of your soul & mind, Xieng Muan Temple is a must see, because here the atmosphere is pleasant and reassuring, so you’ll definitely spend some quality time.
Among the most adored and popular tourist attraction is the Temple of Bamboo Forest – the name comes from the forest surrounding the monastery Pa Huakai – inside of it you will find outstanding murals painting, exquisite sculptures and a highly appreciated painting, depicting Indra riding Airavata, a famous character in Hindu mythology.
The most exciting museum, among others, is Haw Kham, a downright interesting place, due to its historical buildings and the story of dynasties in Laos. Clearly, worth a visit!
Wat Xieng Thong Temple is also is a building which leaves you speechless, being decorated with colored glass and gold, a kind of abstract for this area.
You can sip a coffee in one of the cafes overlooking Mekong’s and Nam Khan River. Remember that the Mekong is the most important river which crosses the country and helps the crops to be fruitful.
Visit Si Phan Don Archipelago, made up no more and no less than 4000 islands, located on Mekong River. Here you can admire the magnificent Khone Phapheng Falls, which is the largest in Southeast Asia and also one species of dolphins – Orcaella brevirostris – endangered species.