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Places To Visit in Laos

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Here are the top 10 tourist places in Laos

1. Vientiane

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Vientiane is the capital of Laos. This city unlike the other busy or noisy places present in Southeast Asia, is very quite as well as is a place where you can relax. This city is set up on the banks of the Mekong river and is designed as per the French architecture. This place which was initially la...

Best Time: November to February

2. Luang Prabang

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Laos is a country where you will not see anything Western or ultra modern. There are no McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Huts or Starbucks Coffee there. Luang Prabang is a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture. It is a city in north central Laos, consisting of ...

Best Time: November to March

3. Savannakhet

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Savannakhet is a city located on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos. Bordering Thailand, it is the capital of the province of the same name. It is a quiet town, which is mostly used as a stopover by tourists passing into Laos and Thailand, and offers not much for people looking for attractions.&n...

4. Phonsavan

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Located in central Laos, Phonsavan is the capital of Xieng Khouang province. It is known for the fertile plateau lined with rolling hills, caves, waterfalls and series of archaeological sites consisting of the mysterious plain of jars. It is one of the recommended places for tourists visiting Laos t...

5. Huay Xai

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Huay Xai, also known as Ban Houayxay, is the capital of the Bokeo province in Laos. Huay Xai lies on the border of Thailand by the side of the great Mekong river. It is mainly a stopover city for tourists travelling between Laos and Thailand by land. 

6. Luang Namtha

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Luang Namtha is located in the north of Laos and is the capital of the province of Laos of the same name. Luang Namtha city lies on the bank of the river Tha and borders with China on the northern front and Burma on the northwest. 

7. Nong Khiaw

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Nong Khiaw is a small, beautiful town located on the banks of the Ou River in Laos. It is known for the natural beauty consisting of limestone mountains, caves and forests.

8. Si Phan Don

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Si Phan Don which translates to Four Thousand Islands, is an island group located in the Mekong River in Southern Laos. Si Phan Don comprises of numerous islands of varying sizes, some of which get submerged during the monsoon. The four main islands in the group are Don Kong, Don Khon, Don Det and D...

9. Udomxai

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Udomxai is a province located in North Western Laos. Its capital city, Moung Xai is the second-largest city in the country. The province is known for its fertile plains used for cultivation, mineral deposits and the natural caves situated amidst limestone cliffs. 

10. Champasak

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Champasak is a province located in southwestern Laos, close to the borders of Thailand and Cambodia. It is best known for Champasak Cultural Landscape, which comprises of a series of 12th century Angkor temples, which are UNESCO heritage-listed sites.

FAQs on Laos

What is the currency of Laos?

Lao Kip is the official currency of Laos. However, USD and Thai Baht are also used for transactions. Almost all hotels, shops and restaurants accept these currencies in most of the larger towns and cities but one is required to use Lao Kip in smaller places. The Kip notes are available in the denomination of 1, 5, 10, 50, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000. Only high-end hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards in cities Vientiane and Luang Prabang. However, make sure to carry cash, as it is mainly a cash based economy.

What is the history of Laos?

The areas currently known, as Laos was first occupied by the hill tribes Hmong and Mien along with migrating Thais. The first ever Lao princedom was formed during the 13th century, some of which about a century later was combined to form the Kingdom of Lan Xang by a warlord named Fa Ngu. After a small period of prosperity and peace, the kingdom was split into three martial kingdoms by the 1600s. With a careful eye from Vietnam on the territory, the control of Laos was taken over by Thailand (then Siam) about a century later in the 1700s. The final result of the fight between Laotians and Siamese was that ultimately both Laos and Vietnam came under Siamese rule. The French took control of the country with their arrival by the end of 19th century and occupied it, which lasted in 1953. However, even after independence, Laos witnessed tensions between royalist, communist and neutral forces and thus keeping the nation in a state of constant turmoil. Eventually, in 1975, communists were able to pull off a victory and take control. It began as a hard leftist stance but soon softened over the years to witness a distinct relaxation of the rules.

What is unique about culture of Laos?

Laos has a very rich culture and highly influenced by spirituality. More than half of the population in the country are ethnic Lao and are seen extending their culture to their art and architecture. Lao culture is also heavily influenced by the culture of its neighbouring countries taking its main essence from Buddhism and Hinduism.

Buddhism is the major religion in Laos. Other than that Hinayana(Theravada) form of Buddhism is followed by the inhabitants of the Laos-Lum (Valley Laos). There is also a minority of Laos-Theung, animism and Christianity.

The official language of the country is Lao but many tribal languages are also prevalent. French, Vietnamese and little English is also spoken. Some of the useful Lao phrases are:
Hello: Sabaai-dii
How are you?: Sabaai-dii baw:
Welcome: Nyin dee
Good morning: Sabaai-dii ton sao
Good-bye: s™hk dii der
Please: Kaluna
Thank you: Khawp jai
Sorry: Khaw thoht

How is Laos divided into regions?

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.
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