"Lao People Democratic Republic" Top 5 Page for this destination Laos by calcaf38
Laos Travel Guide: 3,612 reviews and 8,892 photos
I visited Laos after 15 years spent without traveling (except to France to visit family, which is homework, not tourism).
Laos is magical, a profoundly spiritual place, awfully poor in material goods but rich in every other way.
Imagine a quiet twilight, barely disturbed by chimes and whiffs of charcoal smoke. Huge Buddha statues glow by candle light. The slow boats glide by on the Mekong...
Even after 6 years, I can still feel the magic of Laos.
I entered Laos from Thailand, at the honkytonk Chiang Khong / Huai Xai crossing. Then I took a speedboat down to Luang Prabang, where I spent enchanted days. Then one fun night in Van Vieng, a couple of days in sleepy - moldy Vientiane, and I was back home. But part of my heart is still there in Luang Prabang, among the gentle bells and the aromatic smoke. Almost every day, I think of going back. Do you think they take in middle aged Jews in Buddhist temples?
- Pros:Culture, Architecture, History, Hospitality, the Mekong river
- Cons:Inaccessibility, Oppressive and secretive government
- In a nutshell:Almost heaven
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