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A Glimpse of Laos


Laos, the most untouched and blocked-in country located in the center of Indochina, sharing borders with Thailand to the West, Cambodia to the South, Vietnam to the East, and China to the North. After years of war and seclusion, life in Laos is now slowly changing although much of the cultures and tradition have continued the same way as hundred years ago.

Laos is a communist state country with the population about 6,695,000 people with 49 ethnic groups and most of the people are Buddhist.

Laos is the place of tranquility and the most relaxed country among Indochinese nations.
The wilderness nature of Laos is one of the main attractions for tourists looking for adventure. Some Kayaking trips allow you to combine kayaking with other activities like mountain biking and trekking where you can stop at local villages to see the real village life and enjoy the cultural experience.

Luang Prabang, the ancient capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most favorite touristís destination. Here you can see magnificent gilded temples located at 700 m above sea level surrounded by mountainous vicinity, spiritually rich and historically fascinating.

There is much more to see outside the cities like Si Phan Don (Four thousand Islands) where the mighty Mekong river spreads out, is a perfect place to experience the most chilled and relaxed district in Laos.

The Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang Province is the place of prehistoric stone megalithic archaeological view where you can see thousands of stone jars scattered over a large area. The theory said that the jars were part of Iron Age burial rituals in the area but it is not proven yet. The government is pursuing the application to UNESCO to consider the Plain of Jars as a World Heritage Monument.

The forested mountains of Northern Laos have created some of the most spectacular view on earth. If you go trekking further to the north, the landscape is hillier, tranquil, and the jungle is mostly untouched. One of the best bases is Luang Namtha located in the far-northern town where you can see and stay in the Lao isolated wilderness and feels directly the true lifestyles of various tribes in the villages.

Vientiane, the capital of Laos, on the banks of Mekong River, is the most relaxed capital city in the world. Despite the increasing number of foreign investments, life in Vientiane doesnít change significantly. Here you can enjoy numerous beautiful temples like the three-layered gilded stupa of Pha That Luang from the 16th century, which is the national symbol of the country and the 6400 Buddhas at Wat Si Saket, which are very attractive places to visit in Vientiane.

If you want to step back in time and love to explore and experience wilderness, beauty and tranquility, Laos is one of the best destinations.
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