One of the countries that will definitely amaze in every positive sense of the word is Laos. Besides a beach, it has everything an adventurer would wish for, especially endless unexplored cycling roads. The rough north is comparable to Vietnam, with many steep climbs and lots of forest to explore on foot with many Eco lodges hiding at the end of amazing trekking and cycling trails. The limestone landscape in the north is stunning and the rough south with its thundering waterfalls and beautiful Mekong River life has only been exposed to a few tourists.
Laos’ pristine natural environment and the dedication of its people to use ecofriendly resources make it an exceptional country to explore. Its natural beauty is close to unrivaled as its scenery is rough and untouched, while its people are kind and gentle. The Mekong River offers true adventures from the north in the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang, all the way through to its capital city Vientiane and further down to the south with Si Phan Don, also known as the 4000 Islands.
The many protected areas and National Parks that Laos has make up for wonderful explorations and authentic experiences. Its people must be some of the most laidback people in the world. The cycling paths that crisscross Laos are undeveloped. Paths often lead to thundering waterfalls, limestone caves with pristine natural pools or exceptional wildlife encounters. Laos has been setting the standard for the Eco tourist, with rare flora and fauna, secluded and historically important plains, which make a cycling adventure one of the most rewarding experiences in a lifetime.
Full country’s name Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Capital city Vientiane (1 million people)
Population 7 Million people
Currency Lao Kip (USD 1 = 8000 Kip)
Best time to visit October to April
Major attractions Luang Prabang, Plain of Jars, The 4000 Islands, Vang Vieng, Vieng Xai Caves
Cuisine Spicy. Lao Sticky Rice is the most popular dish. It is eaten by hand with about any vegetable or meat type.
Other facts Khone Papeng is the largest waterfall in the whole of Southeast Asia
Our tour is over and we are all sad to say goodbye to Phuc and Trong. They were amazing guide and driver, always smiling and helpful, we couldn’t have had any better. Phuc is also so knowledgeable about Vietnam – we learnt a lot about the country, history and present, people and culture. We had a super trip with the two! Please send our best regards!
Isabel from the USA
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