Our Laos Travel Blog will give you the lowdown on the highlights of this diverse and beautiful country.
Two-Day Slow Boat down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang
Depart from Huay Xai, on the Thai border in the north, with an overnight at Pak Beng, arriving to Luang Prabang and stepping into a magical universe. The charming architecture and delicious breads are leftover from French occupation. There are no words that properly encapsulate the feel of strolling the pristine streets and squeezing in next to the hoard of people enjoying the food at the night market.
Vientiane & the Islands
Further south, Vientiane is the largest city in Laos. The city has a lively vibe of cafes, parties, temples and museums. Look out for the Patuxai, the Victory Gate of Vientiane, which is modeled to look like the Arc du Triomphe in Paris. For adventure lovers, there are many exciting activities, the most popular being the Gibbon Experience in Bokeo Nature Reserve. With treetop accommodation and travel by zip line, it is not for the faint of heart! Perhaps the Four Thousand Islands in the “remote south” is more your glass of tropical juice.
Laos Travel Blog Tips and Hints:
- Dress conservatively for two reasons; first, it is a conservative country and second, to protect yourself from the sun. A neat appearance is important to the locals.
- Many people don’t realize that Laos is actually a communist country and is subject to a 10.30pm curfew for bars and restaurants. Ask your tuk-tuk driver to take you to special “after hours” venues, often a bowling alley, to enjoy drinks and dancing (and bowling) late into the night.
- Carry plenty of water to stay hydrated during the hot days sightseeing.