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Laos is developing quickly but it still has much of the tradition that has sadly disappeared elsewhere in South-East Asia. Village life is refreshingly simple and even in Vientiane it’s hard to believe this sort of languid riverfront life exists in a national capital. Then, of course, there is the historic royal city of Luang Prabang, where watching as hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries-old monasteries is as romantic a scene as you’ll experience anywhere in Asia.

The Lao wilderness is drawing travellers looking for nature, adventure or both. Kayaking, rafting, rock-climbing and biking are all available, but it’s the community-based trekking that is most popular because it combines spectacular natural attractions with the chance to experience the ‘real Laos’ with a village homestay – while spending your money where it’s needed most.
There is undoubtedly a growing tourist trail in Laos, but that just means there’s plenty of roads off Rte 13 where you can make your own trail. After all, half the fun of travelling here is in the travel itself – the people you meet, chickens you share seats with, wrong turns you take and lào-láo you drink with the smiling family at the end of the road less travelled.

Thank you to the Lonely Planet for the information above.


Laos is heaven for independent travellers, there is much to see and do. For useful information and further ideas about what sights & sites should be on your itinerary take a look at these links:
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Asia by Global Grasshopper
Laos by the Lonely Planet
Laos by Travelfish


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