Have you heard of Laos? It is a country, yes it is, in Southeast Asia. It is officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). It is a mountainous country, traversed by the Mekong River and known for its French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. It is landlocked by Myanmar and China to the north, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west, with Mekong river serving as the lifeline of the country.
I visited the country in December, 2015. Highlights of my visit to Laos were its laidback old-fashioned charm, friendliness, and incredibly isolated standards from the rest of the world.
Northern Laos is mountainous scattered with hill-tribe village and clothed with forests. It has the exceptionally beautiful former capital – Luang Prabang – which is now an UNESCO world heritage city, known for its beautiful ancient temples, vibrant night market, and colonial architecture.
Southern Laos are mostly Mekong flatlands and very mountainous – the area that is least visited by tourists, but Pakse – gateway to the Wat Phu ruins and the “four thousand islands” – is worth a visit.
When Is the Best Time to Visit Laos?
Laos, being a small country, does not spread much across the latitudes, so it has only two distinct seasons – dry season during October-April and wet season during May-September. March-May are hottest months, while July-September are wettest months. Thus, the best time to visit is October-February.
How to Plan Your Laos Vacation?
Visit my blog posts on Laos. They will surely help you plan your vacation.
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