Laos..the unknown unheard source of calm in South East Asia

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January 4th 2014
Published: January 4th 2014
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So when I saw Laos on my tour itinerary I did know what to expect. I thought it would be completely non built up and not habitated. I was surprised by the beauty, the early curfew (people by law need to be home by midnight) as well as the impact the modern world has had with many of our current technology on view everywhere.

Do: If you are also going to Vietnam I would do Vietnam first and then Laos. Its a nice calm after the storm. In the capital enjoy wandering as it feels like a small town instead of a temple. In Vang Vieng go tubing or kayaking. Take time to people watch all the multi ethnic backpackers as this is often a stop over between cities. In Luang Prabang, bathe, ride and feed an elephant. Also go to the night market. This was my favorite city in Laos, Take a cruise up the Mekong Delta. Be aware many boats are slow so trips can take 11 hours. Bring a book and cards.

Eat: Laos food is much influenced by its Thai neighbor. Eat curry and fresh joices as well as the pudding.

Know: Much of Laos is enjoying the outdoors and doing physical activities. I would combine a trip with another city such as Cambodia, Vietnam, or Thailand. It has mainly backpackers as the tourists. Visas can be purchased upon arrival.

Laos was a nice experience as it was a break from the constant frenzy of the other countries. There is alot less must do attractions so one can relax more and move at a slower pace.

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