In recent times, Laos, located in Southeast Asia, has become a popular holiday destination for tourists who love to experience nature at its best. Unadulterated and
untouched is how you can define the picturesque landscapes of this amazing country. With an abundance of wildlife reserves, it is a wildlife fanatic’s paradise. Kuang
Si waterfall with its turquoise waters, makes up for the absence of waterbodies in this landlocked country. Its unique culture and hill tribes are worth an
Best time to visit Laos
Owing to a tropical monsoon climate, Laos experiences a long monsoon from May to October. Winters in the country last from November through February, with a cool and
dry weather. March and April are the hot and dry months. The dry season from October to April is the best time to visit Laos. If you are a water sports fanatic, then
the months of November to January in Laosoffer you ample opportunity.
How to reach Laos
There are no direct flights from any of the major cities of India to Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. However, you can always opt
for international flights to Laos with stopovers, to reach your destination. The major domestic and international airlines which cater to this route are Jet Airways,
Air India, Thai Airways, Shandong Airlines
, SriLankan Airlines, Qatar Airways
, China Eastern Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Vistara
, etc. From the airport, you can book
a taxi or a jumbo (a three-wheeler, widely used for local transportation) to reach the city center. A joyous tuk-tuk ride to the city will be a relatively cheaper
option. Other international airports are in Pakse and Luang Prabang.
Hotels in Laos
Laos offers numerous options for a comfortable stay, with prices ranging from INR 4,000 to INR 45,000. You can opt for a lavish stay at an upscale 5-star hotel in
Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Budget-oriented hotels are also available with all the basic amenities.
Where to go in Laos
Vientiane has several temples and historical monuments, like Pha That Luang, Wat Si Saket, Patuxai, Wat Si Muang, Haw Phra Kaew, etc. for tourists to visit. The Royal
Palace and Elephant Village in Luang Prabang are other attractions which are frequented by the tourists. Known as ‘The Land of Million Elephants’, Laos focuses on
rehabilitation of elephants, accounting to the large number of the elephants in this region. Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham are temples in Luang Prabang,
worth a visit. Vang Vieng offers numerous options for adventure lovers, like camping and backpacking. Laos is the budding hub for organic farming, much to the interest
of all plantsmen who visit the country. You can visit the farms here, learn organic techniques, and enjoy tasting the organically grown veggies.
Must-buys in Laos
Laos is the best place to pick tribal-patterned silk, handicrafts, jewelry, items for home furnishing, and couture-quality textiles. If you like to take back something
authentic from your travel destinations, a traditional Phaa Sin (a wraparound worn by Lao women) is the perfect item to grab.
Eating out in Laos
The diverse cuisine of Laos is a must-try for everyone who visits the country. Klao niaw (sticky rice) is the staple diet of the locals. Laap (meat salad), Tam mak
houng (papaya salad), and Oh lam (stew) are some of their popular dishes.
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