Laos Travel Guide

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Despite a limited infrastructure, Laos is a wonderful country to visit. The Laotians are some of the friendliest, gentlest people in Southeast Asia—devoutly Buddhist and traditional in many ways. Not yet inured to countless visiting foreigners, locals volunteer assistance and a genuine welcome.

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Laos Hotels

Luang Prabang has some of the most elegant resorts in the world. Vientiane also has a classic colonial luxury hotel, a few boutique options, and several...read more

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Laos Restaurants

For such a sleepy, somewhat-off-the-beaten-path country, Laos has some excellent dining options. Choices in Luang Prabang and Vientiane are endless (high-end...read more

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Laos Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Laos

    Natural beauty: It may not have the sheer variety of Thailand, but Laos is a beautiful country. Take a multiday trek or bike ride, or enjoy the... Read more

  • Lao: A Few Key Phrases

    The official language is Lao, part of the extensive Thai family of languages of Southeast Asia spoken from Vietnam in the east to India in the... Read more

  • Laos: Then and Now

    Despite its limited infrastructure, Laos is a wonderful country to visit. The Laotians are some of the friendliest, gentlest people in Southeast... Read more

  • Religion in Laos

    The overwhelming majority of Laotians are Buddhists, yet as in neighboring Thailand, spirit-worship is widespread, blending easily with temple... Read more

  • The Irrawaddy Dolphin

    The freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin, known as pla ka in Lao, is one of the world's most endangered species; according to a 2008 study, fewer than... Read more

  • Etiquette and Behavior

    Laotians are generally gentle and polite, and visitors should take their lead from them—avoiding any public display of anger or impolite behavior... Read more

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