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What to Expect Traveling to Laos, Southeast Asia

February 2, 2017

I’m sure you may have heard of Laos if you followed the Obama’s at all, seeing as he was the first president to step foot in Laos and bringing it forth into the spotlight, it no longer has to compete with its tourist hot spot neighbors. It has always had its own charm, with crystal blue water falls, and beautiful culture but overlooked as it is a landlocked country.

It has also been popular for some time among young people who wish to go backpacking.

 I’ve mentioned the stunning water falls, but the mountains covered in jungle, the full and flavourful food and friendly locals who will invite you home and show you around ( always say yes and smile, be friendly! That’s how you make friends!), are also memorable. You can visit Buddhist temples undiscovered by ordinary travelers who flock to the most popular destinations of the season. It is also really affordable for transportation and accommodations.

Most people who do travel to Laos stay at the capital city, then march straight back to Bangkok after a day or two, it’s sad because a capital city is all well and good but there are other places to see. I’ve mentioned party central, but  it’s not as widely known for the beautiful scenery and cliffs for climbing, rivers for boating and tubing, caves to be discovered and religious places to see, despite its infamous reputation, don’t let it scare you away.

Of course Laos’ capital Vientiane is still a must see, it is considered one of the friendliest places in the whole country. When you finally get there the first thing you should go see is the Golden Stupa, one of the biggest and most magnificent stupas in Laos and the most recognizable. It’s very different from what you would see while traveling Thailand, so why not go and compare for yourself?

The last place I will mention to visit in this wonderful country is Si Phan Don or 4000 islands, a riverine archipelago located in the Mekong River, Champasak province in southern Laos. If you are looking for something laid back, sleepy and relaxing and extremely friendly, this would be perfect. It’s super affordable as well, Accommodations can be found for a dollar of two, and food shouldn’t cost you more than 3 dollars. You can rent a bike or a boat and ride around the island to witness the spectacular waterfalls.  I recommend highly visiting a local market and trying some Laotian dishes! There is so much to Laos that has escaped the notice of many travelers, and I recommend making a trip to see such a beautiful and wonderful country.

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