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TRAVEL TO LAOS

 

Step back in time in this less developed country and immerse yourself in the rhythm of this devoutly Buddhist culture.

 

LAOS OVERVIEW

 

Laos is one of the countries know as Indochina. Most of people have never heard of this name before. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful countries in terms of culture, people and attraction places. 

 

Traveling to Laos can be one of many places to fulfill your trip to Asia. With the variety of the geography, ethnic minority and so on, yourtrip to Laos will be worthwhile. If one plans a holidays in Laos as an extension trip in Asia, Laos is ready to serve the needs of all travelers. 

 

History of Laos is very interesting. It involves a lot with the history of Thailand. Their people always say "Thailand and Laos are brothers". There are many things in common. 

 

Trips to Laos will be the wonderful memory for those who love Asian culture too. This is due to the friendliness of people, the variety of food in central, the north and the south of Laos. Besides for those who love to luxury travel in Laos, there are many high-end hotels to choose from especially, in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos and Luang Prabang, the former capital city of Laos. 

 

WHERE TO TRAVEL IN LAOS

 

The most famous Laos tourist attractions are Luang Prabang, Vientiane and PakseTravelling to Luang Prabang is very impressive as it brings back the beautiful memory of history, temples, Buddhism and people to the visitors. There are many old Buddhist temples that still show the beautiful architectural styles of Lan Xang, the land of the million elephants.

 

The wonderful culture of Morning Alms Giving when people offer freshly cooked sticky rice to hundreds of the Buddhist monks in the morning is a must to participate. The fresh morning market is also a part of the tour when one makes a visit to Laos. 

 

Travelling to Vientiane will offer another taste of French Indochina story. Vientiane is the most modern city of Laos today. Many beautiful temples await for all visitors to impress.

 

Travelling to Pakse is another option for the trip to Laos. It is located on the bank of Mekong River. The city was influenced a lot by the Khmer culture which is known as Cambodia today.  If one wants to plan the Laos trip together with other countries in Asia, think about these destinations in Laos.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL IN LAOS

 

The best time to travel to Laos is from October to March. The north of Laos is usually cool from October onwards. During the coldest months from December to January, the weather in the north of Laos can go down to 15°C. It is also very cold in the early morning. However, in order to enjoy the wonderful climate, January and February are the best period for the trip to Laos.

 

In summer time, from March to May, the temperature may rise up 40°C. It will be a problem for some people in travelling to Laos. If one you can handle the heat, it should not be a problem.

 

Visiting Laos during the wet season from May to October is also doable, but you can expect heavy downpours for a short periods. Howerver, there are things to do in Laos during this beriod especially, tubing along the river in Wang Vieng

If one is planing the holidays in Laos or tour to Laos, the best time is still the cool season. 

 

The attraction of Lao PDR, smallest and perhaps least known of the Mekong countries, once known as the Land of a Million Elephants”, lies in its quiet, traditional character and the glimpses it affords of “Old Asia”.
Bordered by Yunnan and Myanmar to the north, Vietnam to the east, Thailand to the west and Cambodia to the south, Lao PDR is a tiny landlocked country. Most of the terrain is mountainous and the valley of the Mekong that largely defines the land, with major cities being located on its banks venerable temples and other monuments attest to regal history dating back to the 14th century.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION IN LAOS

AIR


 

There are four international airports in Laos: Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Pakse Airport in Champassak , Luang Prabang International Airport and Savannakhet. Wattay in Vientiane has regular service from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kunming, and Kula Lumpur. Direct flights are available to Luang Prabang from Bangkok, Hanoi and Chiang Mai.

Lao Airlines has regular service to all domestic destinations and a number of regional capitals. Major international carriers with flights to Laos are Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways International, Vietnam Airlines , China Southern Airlines and Air Asia.

OVERLAND

 

You can access Laos by road from Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Yunnan Province in China. There are presently 13 international border crossings where 15-day visa on arrival may be obtained. The most popular entry point is Vientiane's Friendship Bridge that crosses the Mekong and connects Laos to Thailand, but there are also checkpoints at Boten in Luang Namtha (Laos-China), Houeisai in Bokeo (Laos-Thailand), Sop Hun in Phongsaly (Laos-Vietnam), Na Meo in Houaphan (Laos-Viet Nam), Namkhan in Xieng Khouang (Laos-Viet Nam), Nam Phao in Bolikhamxai (Laos-Vietnam), Thakhaek in Khammouane (Laos-Thailand), Na Phao in Khammouane (Laos-Viet Nam), Dene Savan (Laos-Viet Nam) and Dan Savanh (Laos-Thailand) in Savannakhet and Vang Tao in Champassak (Laos-Thailand).

If you have already have a visa you may enter Laos from Cambodia at Veun Kham. Within the country, major north-south and east-west roads are sealed and there is regular bus service to all provincial and district capitals.

RIVER

 

If you enter Laos at Houeisai (Bokeo), Thakhaek (Khammouane) or Dan Savanh (Savannakhet) it is necessary to take a short ferry ride across the Mekong River. After crossing from Chiang Khong in northern Thailand to Houeisai, many people proceed directly to Luang Prabang via the Mekong. If you are heading north to Luang Namtha a two-day journey on the Namtha River, is a memorable adventure that takes you through lush forest and requires an overnight in your boatmen's home. There is also regular boat service on the Mekong from Pakse to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Vat Phou, and throughout the Four Thousand Islands in the far south.     

 
 



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