Photogallery: Laos - The Land of Buddha and Beautiful Mountains
Laos - The Land of Buddha and Beautiful Mountains
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Laos is an inland country on Farther India peninsula. It neighbors with Thailand, China, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Even though the popularity of Southeast Asia has been increasing among travellers they often forget Laos . What a pity. There is beautiful nature, great experience and adventure awaits. People are very kind so everybody would feel welcomed here.
Today we introduce you Laos, full-package of it. You will go through untouched nature, experience party in Vang Vieng town and take a glimpse of Luang Prabang (a UNESCO city) and you visit sleepy towns of Vientiane and Nong Khiaw.
Text: Lenka Bauerová
Photo: Matouš Vinš
Southeast Asia has been getting increasingly popular. Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia… But they forget about Laos. Yet it offers more than you can imagine even though the Americans sprayed it with more bombs than entire Germany in the WWII.
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.
Luang Namtha, a city nestled in the northwest of Laos, is a hidden gem that slowly gets into the subconscious of travelers. It is surrounded by lush mountains dotted with ethnic villages. A hidden paradise for nature lovers, which is definitely worth a visit during your travels in Laos. People come here for an authentic Lao culture experience.
Former Laotian capital charms everybody who stops by at there. Thousand years old history meets French colonialism which give it fantastic atmosphere.
A drug lair until recently and today one of the most popular place among hikers which makes it the only place in Laos that has some night life. Vang Vieng is surrounded with beautiful limestone mountains, small fields, and impenetrable bamboo jungle. You would certainly find out about many places where to go after a long night.
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.
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.
The town of Nong Khiaw is split by blue-green river which forms local landscape. Jungle and bare ...
No traffic jams, no crowds, no tourists – this is Vientiane, Laotian capital. It is on the border...
Vang Vieng or rather the town of an endless party. Those who have already visited it remember "tu...
In Laotian former capital the thousand-year history of the country combines with French coloniali...
South-east Asia is getting increasingly popular yet people often forget about Laos. It is a pity ...