"Although it is developing quickly, landlocked Laos still retains the slow, old-fashioned lifestyle that has been lost from the majority of South East Asian countries."
Simple, traditional ideals have been preserved due to the relative lack of westernisation, perhaps because many travellers overlook Laos for its better known neighbours. Those who do pay Laos a visit are rewarded with one of the most enchanting, unspoiled landscapes in the whole of Indochina, populated by a rich diversity of friendly people.
Visually Laos is stunning, its landscape dominated by mountains and rivers. Forest-clad highlands cover the north, and the highest peak is found in Xieng Khuang. The rugged Annamite Mountains straddle the eastern border with Vietnam, homing a diverse range of flora and fauna. The mighty Mekong River runs the length of the country, flowing down from China along the Lao-Thai border.
"As you watch saffron-robed monks walking through Luang Prabang's morning mist in single file, holding their alms bowls out …"
"Vientiane is perhaps the most unassuming capital city you’ll ever visit. Huddled within a wide bend of the Mekong, the …"
- Time Difference GMT +7 approx
- Currency Lao Kip
- Flight Time 15 hours 10 minutes from UK
- Capital Vientiane
- Best time to go October to April
- Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm
- Saturday - closed
- Sunday - closed
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