The only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos is a multi-ethnic socialist republic moving forward after a long period of colonialism and regional conflict. If you visit you’ll find lush valleys, mist-covered mountains and extensive forests, ornate Buddhist temples and hospitable people to welcome you.
BASICS /// Flag: 🇱🇦 // Capital: Vientiane // Currency: Lao/Laotian Kip // Languages: Lao (and the 86 or so different languages spoken by the country’s ethnic groups)
An ancient, UNESCO World Heritage-listed town surrounded by mountains and rivers and full of Buddhist temples.
DOWat Xieng Thong: Stunning temple decorated with intricate mosaics. Phu Si: Climb Mount Phu Si for a panoramic view of Luang Prabang and a visit to the temple at the top. Perfect at sunset. Kuang Si Falls: Three-tiered waterfall outside Luang Prabang. Stop by the Free the Bears sanctuary on the way into the falls to visit some adorable Asiatic black bears. Ock Pop Tok: Handicraft centre where you can learn about the art of weaving and purchase beautiful hand-made textiles.
EATL'Elephant Vert: Charming restaurant serving artfully prepared vegan, raw-food dishes. Tamnak Lao: Family-owned restaurant serving delicious Laotian cuisine.
SHOPMa Te Sai: Stop here to peruse a lovely assortment of homewares and textiles handmade in Laos. Night Market: Stock up on handicrafts at this nightly market beginning at dusk and running along Sisavangvong Road.