Laos has been one of Southeast Asia‘s best-kept secrets for many years, and although it is now becoming more sought-after, its pristine landscapes, unspoiled culture and friendly locals remain. Watch today’s Video of the Week, but be warned – this will get the travel bug biting!
Southeast Asia’s attractions are many, and it’s easy to see a lot of the region by linking up with Cambodia, Vietnam and Burma as well as Laos. Each has their own unique appeal, and the laid-back lifestyle, friendly locals, delicious cuisine and diverse scenery offer something really special to travellers.
Laos is becoming more and more sought-after amongst travellers, but it still retains an unspoiled culture and remains one of Asia’s most beautiful secrets.
Laos offers a glimpse of life from a simpler time, with hll-tribes still observing age-old customs, and devout Buddhist monks collecting daily alms. The capital Vientiane preserves a laid back river-front style of life; the charm and buzz of this provincial town add to the attraction of tranquil spaces like Buddha Park and Wat Si Saket.
World Heritage listed French colonial town Luang Prabang’s tranquil atmosphere, charming villas and gilded temples make it an essential part of any journey here.
For those looking for archaeological wonders, there’s the Plain of Jars outside of Phonsavan – look out for it in the video above. It’s a fascinating site where thousands of puzzling stone jars (thought to be associated with prehistoric burial ceremonies) dot the grassy plains. In the south of the country, the quiet rural villages of Pakse and the riverine island of Don Khong are the perfect places from which to explore the 4,000 Islands region on the Mekong Delta.