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A sense of authenticity

I admit I had no idea of what I was gonna find when arriving to Laos.
In fact I went because it was on the way between Hanoi and Bangkok, so I said... why not?
And it was a nice surprise! I found a rather tourism-virgin country, a bit undeveloped yet, but very authentic, with nice people, gorgeous landscapes, where religion is a very important part in life... and dirty cheap!!


Laos' nature and landscapes are gorgeous. It is a paradise for outdoor sports, trekking, rafting, hiking...
There are many agencies (mostly in Luang Phabang and Vienviang) that organize Jungle Trails and so, visits to lost tribes, adventure trips...
I just saw the road between Vientiane and Laos, and it seemed like a lost primitive jungle!

Religion everywhere

You can find temples, stupas, buddhas and other buddhism religion signs everywhere in Laos.
Besides, these temples are not just tourist attractions but living places, where monks study, pray... only in Vientiane are some of them turned into museums, but the rest are used everyday, as religion seems to be very alive here.

  • Last visit to Laos: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • zeke7's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    "Rather virgin"? It was 10 years ago; these days, with its newfound popularity on the travelers' trail, I'd call it more of a young adolescent who's starting to sleep around a little ;-).

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2007 at 7:57 AM

    Great helpful tips here. I can't wait to see the sunset over the Mekong river and compare how the country has changed during these few years.

  • Avieira67's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2007 at 6:11 AM

    Páginas muy interesantes de un pays maravilloso. Muchas gracias!

  • saracen's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2006 at 5:51 PM

    Great pics and tips - thanks. Definately planning a trip to Laos now!

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2006 at 2:56 PM

    Thanks for the great tips; Those "churros" look dellicious! I guess you can find fried dough in any culture ... :o)

  • aeroarce's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2005 at 10:27 AM

    tengo una foto identica a la que tienes en Stolen buddhas. la verdad es que ese templo y luang praban son maravillosos!

  • jenniferchin's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2005 at 3:32 AM

    Hahaha !! CHURROS in Laos makes one happy, no ? ;-))

  • Sep 23, 2004 at 7:06 AM

    Great pictures

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2004 at 5:07 AM

    Informative and interesting page for Laos! Will try and make it there someday!

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2004 at 5:39 PM

    Me enamoré de Laos hace años, cuando leí "Los tambores de bronce" de Jean Larteguy... Qué belleza la araña verde; parece una joya de jade! Lo de los churros es verdaderamente "off the beaten path" (aunque faltó el chocolate)!!!!


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