Laos Travel Guide
Laos has a sense of slowness and timelessness. Here, many regional traditions that were lost in the development frenzy are still treasured and on display. For the moment, Laos is a rare country unspoiled by mass tourism, and an example of Asia in slow motion.
Why Visit Laos?
Laos is rich in culture, history, and diverse landscapes. It will be a delight to your inner explorer. It is a land full of natural wonders and unique beauty, from the rolling mountains in the north to the river islands in the south. The rural life is timeless, with paddy fields and stilt homes that look like they belong on a movie set. You may find it hard to believe that the sleepy city Vientiane is an Asian capital. And in the streets of Luang Prabang, many monks in saffron-robed robes mystically glide along seeking alms.
Green & Ecotourism Leadership
Laos is the leader in Southeast Asia and has made a significant commitment to responsible tourism. Protected areas are found in many remote parts of the country. Communities-based trekking, cultural initiatives, and conservation efforts help preserve the environment. Laos is ruled by the Mekong river, one of the most powerful rivers in the world. Today, Laos can still boast a wealth of natural wonders, including uncharted streams, unclimbed mountains, and untouched forests that are home to mysterious creatures.
"Laos is the last refuge for many of Asia's large wild animals. It is home to many indigenous cultures and tribes, as well as the keeper of a Buddhist tradition that has been lost.
Laos is a country of great ethnic diversity. It has 49 ethnicities and more than 90 languages. This is due to its geographical location at the crossroads between Asia and Asia. Every ethnic group can be identified by its distinctive clothing, and variations in handicrafts. These patterns and designs are passed down from generation to generation. Hmong people are hardy and live off the land in remote mountains in the north. Kahu elders in south have traditional face tattoos. Katang villagers in central Laos sleep with forest spirits.
Awesome Food & Coffee
Laos food is colorful and vibrant. It's also packed with chilies and herbs. The combinations of ingredients will surely delight your taste buds. The coffee scene is great, another remnant of the French colonialism period.
Laap – or meat salad, jaew, any type of dipping sauce, usually served with chillies. Tam - not your regular papaya salad and khao jee Pa-tay, or french-inspired baguettes!
When Should I Visit Laos?
Laos is consistently warm all year round, it does however have a rainy season to be aware of.
March – May
While the temperatures and humidity are higher during this rainier period, the countryside will be most lush. Mornings are usually drier and afternoon time is more likely to have rainfall. The rain can cause problems with logistics if you are traveling extensively; however, for our highlighted areas, this is not an issue and things will be less crowded.
November – February
For temple and city exploration, things will have cooled off. The months of December and January generally are the busiest time so planning further in advance is important to experience the highlights in the more temperate season.