Laos Journals

Planning Laos

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A travel journal to Laos by SeenThat

Monks Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos More Photos
Quote: From first sight, Laos seems different; it will take some glimpses to find its charms, and a long stay to understand them. And what about love? Each one is different, for some it takes one second, for others a month; regarding Laos, the only promise is that it will arrive.

Planning Laos

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Monks Photo, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Few capital cities manage to keep up the uncluttered sight like Vientiane. Low colonial buildings, and wide shaded avenues, provide the perfect setup for one of the most charming cities in Asia.The main attractions of southern Laos, are the Four Thousand Islands area, where the Mekong River gives home to Irrawady Dolphins, the Bolaven Plateau where some of the best coffee in the world grows, and the charming towns of Saravan, Savannakhet, and Pakse.Phonsavan in eastern Laos, and Xam Nua in the northeast, are the best places to learn the results of past wars. Xam Nua is across the Annamite Mountain Range and thus is closer to Vietnam than to Laos.The north has much to offe...Read More

Southern Laos

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The narrow, long strip of Southern Laos, reminds in its geometrical and geographical characteristics of Vietnam. The coast here is by the Mekong River and the mountains are in the eastern side, but otherwise the set is similar.The south is the most accessible part of the country. The most overwhelming entry is from Cambodia, in a boat floating over the shallow Mekong; ...Read More

Northern Laos

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Northern Laos is better approached in a one-way trip. It is possible to enter from Thailand to Huay Xai and then to continue to Vientiane through the main attractions or to do the way in the opposite direction. However, if this is your first trip to Laos, entering from the north may be too much of a shock. A trip beginning from Vientiane, leads gradually into the wilderness and allows to visit on the way the northeastern part of the country before leaving it from the n...Read More

Northeastern Laos

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The northeast is the most remote area in the country. There are three points of interest: Phonsavan, Xam Nua and Phongsaly. It is possible to make a loop among the three or to approach the towns in the way from or to South Vietnam. For information regarding the last option, please see my journal Planning Vietnam.Phonsavan Phonsavan can be reached from ...Read More

Central Laos

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Vang Vieng Photo, Vang Vieng, Laos
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Vientiane, the Laotian capital, is by far the main attraction in the country. Few cities in the world manage to impart such a strong sense of being a capital, while keeping a sleepy and relaxed ambience. Wide, shaded avenues create a comfortable space between the monuments, ministries and markets. The town is small and can be explored in a couple of days, but it creates tons of empathy and few would be able to leave it in less than a week. The main sights are the Pha That Luang, which is one of the biggest stupas in the world, Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple in the city an...Read More