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Laos I: Forgotten Country of Thousand Mountains
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South-east Asia is getting increasingly popular yet people often forget about Laos. It is a pity because one gets fantastic experience in the country. Most of it is mountains, monumental ones. You shouldn’t miss those. Don’t expect tourist directions, just expect great adventures, beautiful nature and nice people. Laos is a really safe country. In winter, it is really nice there(20–30 °C).
Watch an introductory video to our Laotian series.
Meander of the Nam Ou River washes rocky edgy banks, bamboo cottages bravely face monsoon rains, chickens walk in front of local shop, Laotians talk on rocks. You can experience such a Laotian atmosphere at mountain town Nong Khiaw.
I wouldn’t believe there could be a city in Asia of such proportions that is so quiet. No traffic jams, no crowds, no crowds of tourists. It is true that Laotian capital Vientiane has “only” 750 thousand people. Still, I was very surprised. I don’t agree with Lonely Planet which says there is nothing to see and it advices you to better avoid it.
As I have mentioned in last articles, you enjoy here much more than just French colonial architecture and Buddhist temples. You learn here about true life of Asian countryside and also fantastic nature and mountains. I traveled to see one such north of Luang Prabang. In the small town of Nong Khiaw.
We had no problems with B to communicate in China. In Vietnam, B took the role of the guide. When we decided to travel to Cambodia, we realized this would be the most exotic country simply because we don’t know the Cambodian language.
I am watching green hills, cliffs, rice fields, and stone jars from the window on a minibus. The jars are large, small, oval, with and without a lid. Unlike the road, these are hard to not to see. There is no proper tourist trail but rather a road lined on both sides.