Laos Features

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Laos Features

  • 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

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

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