Few countries like Laos remain for travellers wanting new, relatively untouched destinations. It has been relatively isolated until recent years but now that tourists have started to discover the Country they have found friendly people and a beautiful environment that are guaranteed to leave lasting memories in their minds. It may not yet have developed the tourist infrastructure of its near neighbours but that is one of the charms of the place. What is the hurry anyway? Laos Tour Packages will include the history and culture of the Country, its people and remote areas where it is easy to see daily life among the hill tribes.
Poets have called it ‘’the land of a million elephants’’ and you may have your own descriptive name for Laos after enjoying a holiday in Laos. You will have to leave but it is certain you will be reluctant to do so. On many holidays the final destination is all-important; in Laos travel itself is part of the experience. Laos is unlikely to change dramatically in the years to come and the natural friendliness of the locals will still be there when you get back.
While in many countries it is the Capital that heads the list of cities to see in Laos that is not the case although Vientiane has some great Buddhist temples and French colonial architecture. Vientiane may be your point of arrival on a holiday to Laos, Luang Prabang on the confluence of the Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers deserves to start the list of the attractions that should persuade you to go to Laos.
The city has the honour of being granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Laos Tour Packages allow tourists to see this lovely place and its many highlights. It was the ancient capital and its contrast are remarkable; the well preserved temples with their monks in orange robes, the wooden houses that are traditional in Laos and of course the architecture that the French built in the colonial era. Add to that the clean streets and the cafes along the river banks where sitting enjoying the sunset is a real experience.
• Haw Kham is the former Royal Palace and now a museum
• Vat Xieng Toung is the city’s oldest monastery
• Vipassana Temple and park is just one of the temples to see. Others are Vat Khili, Vat Sibounheuang, Vat Sirimoungkhoun Sayaram, Vat Sop Sickharam
Luang Prabang is a real gem and no holiday to Laoscould possibly miss it out.
Laos Tour Packages inevitably include the Laos’ capital. It has many historical, religious and cultural attractions of its own without really matching Luang Prabang. It has a different feel from the bustling cities elsewhere in South East Asia; almost a small town atmosphere though increased tourist activity may see that begin to change.
There are several temples to see with Wats Onteu, Inpeng, Mixay and Haisok in the centre of the city the most convenient for tourists though Wat Si Saket is probably the best in the City. The National Museum is interesting and Patuxai (Victory Gate) is Vientiane’s answer to the Arc de Triomphe.Lao People's Army History Museum and the Memorial of President Souphanouvong are further attractions.
This is just a small town in the centre of Laos but it has become the centre of outdoor activities. Those interested in mountain biking, rock climbing, caving and other outdoor activities may well use this town as their base. It lies between Vientiane and Luang Prabang and has developed its own kind of clientele wanting to enjoy activities by day and relaxing with a cold beer afterwards.
The Northern Provinces
The mountains of the north are home to many hill tribes whose lives have changed little over the years. Trekking is becoming increasingly popular while there are opportunities for kayaking as well. It is the chance to experience local life however that makes this mountainous area an important inclusion in Laos Tour Packages. Time learning about local rural life can never be a waste.
This capital of Champasak Province in the South is worth a visit in its own right on Laos Tour Packages and is the gateway to Si Phan Don (4,000 islands) and many wonderful natural features in Laos. There are temples if you have not seen them elsewhere but the old market, Ban Keosamphanh and the banks of the Mekong are far more interesting.
The Bolaven Plateau with its coffee fields and waterfalls are close by while there is a protected area, Sepian that is worth some of your time. Laos’ answer to Angkor Wat, Wat Phou, a UNESCO Heritage site is another reason to head for Pakse.
Significant Other Places
• The Plain of Jars dates back to the Iron Age. There are thousands of stone jars over an area close to Phonsavan. The theory is that they were part of Iron Age burial rituals but that has yet to be proved. The region was damaged during American bombing in the 1960s and there are still unexploded bombs to disable so it is not a place for independent travel quite yet.
• Pak Ou Caves are north from Luang Prabang. They were used to store Buddhist statues that had been damaged; it is bad luck to throw them away hence their storage and the development of the caves as a tourist attraction.
Laos makes no attempt to claim sophistication. The country and its people are exactly as you see them. Laos Tour Packages can give you a real flavour of a country that has seen few foreign visitors for many years until recently and people with experience of travelling elsewhere within South East Asia will see this as a different experience in several ways. There are similarities in terms of religion and respect and of course there is excellent cuisine as well. Laos deserves your time; as much as you have. Pick your season and book your tour for an experience you will not regret.