Laos is a landlocked country bordered by China and Myanmar on the northwest and Vietnam on the east. Ton the west, you can find Thailand, and on south is Cambodia. It still remains one of the most untouched countries in Asia albeit it is being discovered and visited more and more as its reputation gets out.
Its capital is Vientiane, still with a sleepy air of its French Colonial past with crumbling edifices and cafes and bakeries. The Royal Centre is Luang Prabang with a sea of wats and temples, while Cham offers temples that are older than the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
It features unspoiled natural resources, such as the Mekong River and its tributaries, fertile plains and valleys, countless ethnic villages, majestic ruins and Buddhist temples, and people that are engrossed in their traditions. It also shares the Annamite mountain range with Vietnam while the Khmer ruins illustrate its close historical ties with Cambodia.
The culture of Laos is mainly governed by religion, Theravada Buddhism. This is reflected not only in the main temples and shrines but also in the arts and literature. The population of Laos is not great, with a high percentage of ethnic groups still living in traditional villages with their customs and beliefs. A province called Oudomxai is often bypassed by visitors but is worth visiting for its dense forests and larger population of ethnic minorities, such as the Khmus and the Hmongs. There are a number of natural Hot Springs, specifically those in Muang La and a noteworthy sight is the Nam Kat Waterfall.
When To Go
A good time to visit Laos is from November until February. At this time, the weather is not too hot, and there is the least rainfall. If you want travel on the Mekong, its best to go earlier during this period as the water levels are still high from the summer rains.
If going up the mountains, the months of May until July will also prove to be ideal. Rainy season is during July until October, but downpours tend to be short and strong so there is still plenty of time to explore.
Laos has a small population, grouped into more than 60 tribes of which just over half are called Lao Loum. They live in the lowlands, plains and valleys and are also sometimes known as the Lao Tai.Continue Reading...
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