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Laos Travel Guide

Laos Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Laos? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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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...

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Lao Festivals

Laos has many fascinating festivals, quite a few of which are steeped in Buddhism. Be sure to book hotels in advance if you're planning on visiting...

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The Prabang Buddha

But for a few simple facts, the Pha Bang Buddha image, the namesake of Luang Prabang, is shrouded in mystery. This much is known: the Prabang...

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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...

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Lao Cuisine

It may not be as famous as Thai food, but Lao cuisine is similar and often just as good, though usually less spicy. Chilies are used as a condiment...

Sights

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...

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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...

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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...

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Religion in Laos

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

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