Sitting cosily in Southeast Asia, the Republic of Laos is a landlocked country with sparse population. Known for its spectacular landscape, the country comprises of lofty mountains, lush jungles, glistening rice fields and tea leaves covering the mountain surface. The remote tribal villages, ancient Buddhist caves, rich cultural heritage, cafe culture in cosmopolitans, elegant colonial architecture and peaceful stupas adds to the charm of this land of lotus-eaters.
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November Ð February is the best time to visit Laos
Laos is a landlocked country sharing its border with several South-east Asian nations including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. This Asia's smallest country is mainly prevailed by mountains, rivers, and thus giving rise to a variety of flora and fauna. The country is divided into mainly three regions: Northern Laos, Central Laos, and Southern Laos. Where the northern part is all about hill tribe villages and mountains, the central region houses the sleepiest capital city of Southeast Asia, and southern region is known for its Mekong flatlands, more mountains and the most untouched area by tourists.
Rich culture and heritage. A bounty of natural beauty. Diverse landscape. Great handicrafts. Ancient and French structures.
Short-lived nightlife. Contaminated water. Negligible traffic rules. Prevalent diseases. Inflated price for tourists.
Laos offers a variety of accommodation options with luxurious hotels and resorts limited to cities like Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane. These places often provide many facilities including world-class cuisine, rejuvenating spa therapies and cultural programmes, etc. However, accommodations outside these cities offer the bare basic amenities. Guesthouse is another main option frequented by tourists in the country. There are several such budget and mid-budget places and are budding all across the nation now. Camping in the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area also attracts tourists. Other possibilities of camping area are bamboo forest camps and the Nam Ha Forest Camp in Luang Namtha's Nam Ha National Protected Area. Another favoured accommodation option is of eco-lodges available all across the country. Laopako on the Nam Ngum River, the Boat Landing Guest House in Luang Namtha province and Kamu Lodge a tented lodge upstream from Luang Prabang.
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