Top Tourist Places to Visit in Laos, Asia
Laos officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is one of the countries of Southeast Asia which occupies an area of 236,800 sq. km. Vientiane is the capital city and Lao is the official language of Laos. Laos is one of the member countries of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement and World Trade Organization. Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, and Pakse are the largest cities of Laos.
Laos is surrounded by Vietnam in the east, Cambodia on the south, Thailand in the west and Burma and China towards northwest. Laos is placed in 28°18′ N latitude and 74°58′ E longitude and has a population of 6.5 million in 2012.
Laos is rich in electricity and metal production and exports to Thailand, China, and Vietnam. Most of the people of Laos are involved in agriculture for their livelihood. National University of Laos is the most important public university of the country. Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia.
Brief History of Laos:
Laos was formed as an independent country by getting independence from French in 1953. The name of Laos in the Lao language is “Muang Lao” or “Pathet Lao” means “Lao Country”.
Culture, Cuisine and shopping in Laos:
Laos houses more than 60% of Lao people along with Mon-Khmer groups, the Hmong, and other indigenous hill tribes. Lao is a widely spoken language in Laos and also the natives speak Khmu, French and Hmong. Lam saravane is a very famous music in Laos.
Sticky Rice is a generally used staple food to prepare the food by the natives of Laos. The very famous dish of Laos include Ping gai, ping sin, ping ped, ping huwah ped, mok pa, mok kai pa, khao poon, khua mee, Larb Gai, tam som, som pa, and seen hang.
Laos is one of the rapidly developing countries of the world in tourism sector. Vientiane is the capital city and the shopping hub of Laos houses plenty of international shopping malls, popular handicraft shops and gadget showrooms. The major handicraft shops of Vientiane include Mixay Boutic, Laha Boutique, Mulberries Lao Sericulture Company and TShop Lai.
How to reach Laos?
The major international airports of Laos include Wattay International Airport, Luang Prabang International Airport and Pakse International Airport. Lao Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Thai Airways International operate air services in Laos. Laos not has well developed railway network presently, but road network is good all around the country.
Places to see in Laos:
Lao National Museum:
Lao National Museum is a prime attraction of Laos located in Vientiane City. It displays historical objects of the 18th century Laotian Kingdom.
Hophakaew Museum is located in front of Wat Si Saket Temple in Vientiane. It is a beautifully constructed museum has large collections of ancient coins and photographs of Laos. The entrance fee is 5,000 kip.
Wat Si Saket:
Wat Si Saket is an ancient standing temple in Vientiane constructed by Chao Anou in the year 1818. This Buddha Temple made with wood, stone, silver and bronze.
Other tourist attractions in Laos include:
- COPE Visitor Centre
- The Art of Silk
- Kaysone Phomvihane Museum
- Lao People’s Army History Museum
- Memorial of president Souphanouvong
- Black Stupa
- Pha That Luang
- Wat Si Muang
Best time to visit Laos:
From November to February is the best time to visit Laos.
Accommodation options in Laos:
The best budgeted and luxury hotels in Laos (Vientiane city) are as follows:
- Settha Palace Hotel
- Green Park Boutique Hotel and Resort
- Don Chan Palace
- Salana Boutique Hotel
- Mercure Vientiane
- Orchid Guest House
- New Lao Paris Hotel
- MIXOK Guest House
- Leuxay Hotel
- Lane Xang Hotel
- D`Rose Hotel
- Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel