Despite temples, astonishing nature and the ease of traveling, Laos has become more and more attracted by travelers with different kinds of traveling style and age variation, this is despite to Laos was a cool destination for young-backpackers whom have choose it for a fun place to travel overland and make their way between Vietnam, Cambodia and or even to Myanmar. Anyways, since the tourism is booming and Asia and particularly Indochina is on target for many traveler then why not planning for a Laos tours and come to see what this beautiful land has to offer. Here are some enough reasons to visit Laos
1. The street foods in Laos
Despite food is an important part of anyone’s trip, then Laos has a lot of different one to offer, some of Laos spiciest can be eaten from roadside stalls. The Klao niaw (sticky rice) and other hot and sour dish can be whipped up in a second by street vendors using fresh ingredients, lime leaves and galangal. Other street food treats to try include rice with spicy stir-fried crabmeat and fresh yellow chillies just similar to those we eat in Thailand, however, don’t leave Laos without Tam mak houng (Papaya salad)
2. Stay in signature luxury accommodations
Okay, you cant compare Laos with Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia when it comes to Luxury stay. But as mentioned above, tourism is a booming industry in Laos and in this way the luxury high-end accommodations, boutique hotels and spa resorts are on the rise. However, Vientiane and Luang Prabang are the only best bet in Laos that you can find luxury accommodations with facilities compare to the international level and yea there is a wealth of choice in Laos.
3. Laos traditional festivals to celebrate year round
No matter when you travel to Laos, this is a country of traditions and locals celebrate them well, the most celebrated ones includes Pi Mai Lao (Laos New Year) that is similar to Songkran in Thailand and is celebrated in April. Join with locals to enjoy the festivals at its best.
4. Laos is a landlocked country
Unlike Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia, that you can find beaches within a matter of flight and or bus travel, in Laos, you don’t find any beach but instead there are 4000 island and Bolaven Plateau in the southern country and around Pakse that offers a wealth of adventure and cool activities from boat trips to watching the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
5. Alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang
This is a very old ceremony in the world of Buddhist religion that is celebrated only in few country in Asia but none of them celebrate it as importantly as Laos. The sai bat and tak bat or Alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang will held every day before sunrise where a group of saffron clad monks are lined up around the main street to receive ritual and donations from the locals. Tourists are welcome to donate as well.
6. Everyone is welcome to explore Laos
Laos is an easy country to travel through, one can find reasonably priced transportation in between Vientiane to Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang and other major cities. Laos government approved for almost anyone to travel and get a 30 day tourist visa at any border (Land or airports). Most of the traveler will plan a long journey from that is starts from Bangkok, over to Laos and Cambodia and Vietnam.
7. Lazy afternoon at the bank-side of the Mekong River
Mekong delta gives life to the Laos as well as Southern Vietnam and Cambodia and what better than this to relax at one of many cafes around the River and get yourself a cold Lao beer that is a whole new meaning.
8. Visit ethnic minorities
South-East of Asia and particularly Vietnam and Laos are home to several ethnic minorities that are living high in mountains and to visit them you must plan your journey in a way to travel across the remote area in order to visit the ethnic minorities. Akha tribes are among the most famous ones in Laos and we advise you to plan trip that include visiting to the ethnic minorities areas.
9. Enjoy elephant riding through the lush forests
Elephant riding is among the thrilling activates that most of the fellow traveler would like to try since they never saw any elephant back to their home country, however, since government and some of the NGO try to stop this due to keep this animals safe then you might find out alternative activities such as bathing elephant in the river most suitable.
10. A Laos holidays that leave you feeling great
It’s not just the sunshine, scenery and ever-smiling locals that make Laos a must-go destination beside Vietnam and Cambodia, it’s the country’s abundance of adventure and relaxation that leave you with a good impression about Laos.
The Luxury Spa and hotels retreats offer their fans the most authentic and effective Lao-style massages just with a couples of dollar to spend.