Come to Laos and enjoy its spectrum of attributes that make this landlocked country one of Southeast Asia’s most unique. Ranging from its cultural treasures, tropical natural scenery, hilltribe settlements and of course, its laid back attitude and ambiance, the country will surely grow on you. Get ready for Laos and prepare yourself for a spiritual, enlightening and wonderful journey.
This enlightening experience starts in the Shangri La of the Mekong Valley, Luang Prabang. The UNESCO Heritage town’s appeal lies in its mass amounts of golden roofed temples set in an environment of tree-lines streets and faded colonial structures. In addition to these temples, you’ll learn about the town’s heritage at The former Royal Palace, now the National Museum and at the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center where you will learn more about local hilltribes.
Luang Prabang is also your base to two endearing and wonderful sites. First is the majestic and grand Kuang Si Falls. This is one of Laos’ most popular and it is easy to see why. Towering rapids crashing into turquoise blue pools with lush vegetation surrounding it make this a tempting place for a swim, picnic or trek. Next up, after a trip along the Mekong is Pak Ou. These caves are home to thousands of Buddha images, left by followers throughout the years as a sign of respect to these lands.
It’s now time to head off to the countryside. Set out to the sleepy town of Nong Khiaw. Here, you’ll enjoy a night safari in Ban Son Koua, an ethnic Khmu Village. Take a short tour of the village where you will learn about the animist tradition of the villagers. Cruise the Nam Nern River by long tail boat, along the way learning about upland rice cultivation and observing the exotic wildlife and pristine nature. Turn off the engines and open the headlights and catch the site of some amazing animals including the Sambar Deer, otters, various species of civets, the Slow Loris, porcupines, owls, badgers, the Asian Golden Cat and several species of wild dogs.
Next up is Xamneua. Here, you’ll lay witness to some fascinating weaving and textile houses where some stunning works are being made. Head over to the market and see the colorful pieces from different tribes emerge into one place. Into the Wild then concludes at Viengxay, a traditional and sleepy town surrounded by lush forests and limestone karsts. The town is also home to an underground network, a hidden city of sorts, where citizens lived in order to escape bombings of the area in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Tour this and the area’s sweet natural surroundings.
This eight day tour of Laos is not enough for you? It may not be for many, that is why you can always connect this one with any of our Laos tours. Landlocked Laos is one of those destinations that travelers will find excuses to never leave.
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