Laos Tours

Many people are surprised that Vientiane is in fact a capital city as it exudes a relaxed atmosphere and small town charm. An eclectic mix of colonial-French buildings and ancient temples along with colorful markets characterizes Laos’ capital. It is possible to walk around the main areas of the centre in a morning, and unlike other capitals, the city’s streets are often unpaved and dusty. Vientiane does have a few sights worthy of note but the most enjoyable way to experience the city is to simply wander around, looking in on the markets and visiting some of the many temples where the resident monks will be delighted to chat. At dusk almost everyone heads to the banks of the Mekong River to watch the spectacular sunsets. There are many small bars along the riverbanks where visitors can gaze across to Thailand on the opposite side.

Laos retains some elements of its colonial heritage, despite the years of isolation from the rest of the world. One of the more agreeable legacies is the surprisingly high density of good restaurants and bars. Vientiane has international food to suit almost any palate and the spicy local delicacies are also popular.

The ancient town of Luang Prabang situated in northern Laos, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. , ensuring its preservation and protection for future generations of visitors. Perhaps more than any other destination in Asia (with the possible exception of Angkor Wat), Luang Prabang is viewed by visitors as a true discovery and one that captures the heart and imagination of every new arrival. The city was once capital of the expansive Lanna Kingdom, which covered large areas of northern Thailand, southern China and all of Laos. Remnants of royal heritage remain in the royal palace, which is now the National Museum. The wooden temples of Luang Prabang are amongst the most delightful in Asia, with roofs that sweep in majestic curves almost to the floor. As elsewhere in Laos however, it is not so much the buildings but the attitudes and atmosphere which delight visitors. Luang Prabang is ideally explored by bicycle or on foot, with frequent stops at street-side markets, cafes and temples. Being Laos’ premier tourist destination and (arguably) Southeast Asia’s most beautiful spot.

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