Laos is a landlocked country which has lots which has lots of spectacular natural beauty and strong spiritual traditions. Dominated by majestic mountains, verdant valleys and broad mysterious rivers, the country is perfect for trekkers, nature lovers, those keening on adventures and finding memorable experience. Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is probably the most relaxed capital city in the world, where travelers can get a real insight into tranquil riverside life.
To get around and really sightsee the beautiful Laos, tourists should use taxis or tuk-tuks. These are by far the easiest ways to get around towns and cities, and don’t forget to negotiate the price, because this is the norm here.
The tuk-tuks of Laos
Laos has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: May to October is the rainy season and November to April is the dry season.
A morning in Luang Prabang
3. Where to travel in Laos:
Besides Vientiane and Luang Prabang, the 2 most popular destinations of Laos’ tourism, Laos also has a great deal of other interesting places waiting for tourists to discover. For example:
The Plain of Jars
The mysterious Plain of Jars, one of Laos’ best kept treasures due to its remoteness, this megalithic site is yet to be fully explained by archaeologists, and spreads for miles over the Xhiangkhoang Plateau near Phonsavan.
Vang Vieng, repelled an invasion by the backpacker brigade in the late 20th century, Vang Vieng’s authorities have happily returned the visitor focus to the region’s extraordinary natural setting, and opportunities for great caving, kayaing and trekking.
Paske of Laos
Pakse is considered the gateway to southern Laos, an area that has only recently come onto the tourist map. The list of highlights is long and impressive, ranging from Si Phan Don, aka the 4000 Islands, to Wat Phou and Champasak and lying further east Tad Lo and the Bolaven Plateau.
4. The etiquettes that tourists should follow while visiting temples of Laos:
Foreigners are always welcome in temples. However, it is important that a few simple rules of etiquette are followed:
Temples in Laos
- Dress appropriately and act with the utmost respect when visiting temples and other religious sites.
- Do not wear shorts or tank tops and make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.
- Remove your shoes and hat.
- If you sit down in front of the dais (the platform on which the Buddha’s are placed), sit with your feet to the side rather than in the lotus position.
- Never point your finger or the soles of your feet towards a person or a figure of the Buddha.
- A woman may accept something from a monk but should never touch a monk.
- Show respect and turn off mobile phones, remove headphones, lower your voice and avoid inappropriate conversation.
5. Food and drink:
Traditional Laotian cooking involves a lot of skills, wild boar and river fish. The freshness of ingredients is very important to Lao people who like to prepare everything from scratch. Herbs such as galangal and lemongrass are favorites and padaek (Lao fish sauce) is found on everywhere.
Laotian foods are very tasty
A national dish of Laos is called Lap, which is a spicy mixture of marinated meat and fish that is sometimes served raw. Like its neighbor countries, rice is a staple food in Laos. However, sticky rice is preferred, which is crushed into a ball with fingers and used to soak up sauces.
Many people will associate Laos with just one destination – Luang Prabang, this incredible UNESCO-protected city has won numerous travel awards, and is certainly worthy of every accolade. However, anyone considering a holiday in Laos of more than three or four days should be looking to venture beyond just one city, as incredible as it is!