Laidback Holidays in Laos
Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), is home to unique and relatively hidden attractions. Visiting Laos is perfect for travelers who do not want to conform to boring, picture-perfect holidays. Plus, Laos is one of those destinations where you can get the most out of your travel budget—almost everything is cheap, and the national slogan seems to go like “please don’t rush.” The sunsets in the Mekong River are marvelous, and your Laos holiday will leisurely pass by like a pleasant dream.
Tourism is one of the fastest rising sectors in Laos, with a good portion of the country’s annual income generated by industries involved in tourism.
Planning your Laos adventure
There are three international airports in Laos: Luang Prabang, Pakse, and Vientiane. Aside from these airports, visitors can also reach Laos at border crossings (from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, or Myanmar) via train or bus. Visas can vary in duration and price, and it is best to check before you fly over.
Laos can be a bit more expensive compared to Thailand and Cambodia, especially when it comes to accommodation. However, the higher price tag does not always mean that the hotel or hostel that you have chosen is of a higher quality—make sure to do your research first (whether on the Internet or through word-of-mouth, ask your friends, colleagues, or acquaintances that are familiar with or have been to the region). If you are a traveler who wants a unique holiday, then you probably are not expecting luxury, which could be difficult to find.
Laos is filled with a good number of unparalleled attractions that every wanderlust-afflicted traveler should see. Aside from being known as a very relaxed country, Laos has retained most of its ancient culture in modern times. Popular destinations in Laos include Buddhist temples and landmarks, as well as excellent examples of colonial architecture found in Luang Prabang. The country’s capital, Vientiane, is home to several ancient temples and little places where you can have a taste of the country’s delightful cuisine.
Backpackers from different parts of the world enjoy the areas of Vang Vieng and Muang Ngoi Neua, which are the best place to find like-minded individuals who can help you find the best of Laos’ hidden spots. History buffs will definitely enjoy Sam Neua, The Plain of Jars Region, and the temple complex. Nature lovers, on the other hand, will definitely fall in love with Luang Namtha, Phonsaly, Nam Et-Phuo Louey, Thakhek, and Si Phan Don (loosely translated as the “Four Thousand Islands”).
Laos is perfect for immersing yourself in new sights and new experiences that will definitely change the way you look at the world.
TNK Travel Team