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Vientiane

 
Vientiane In spite of its role as the capital of Laos, Vientiane is unbelievably quiet, and a great place to hang out and relax, taking in the laid back atmosphere created by the countrys exceedingly friendly people. War History Across the Mekong River from Nong Khai in Thailand, Vientiane is the capital of the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (Laos). The warlord Fa Ngum founded the Lan Xang kingdom with Khmer backing in 1353. Its capital in modern-day Luang Prabang was shifted to Wieng Chan (Vientiane) around 1545. Over the centuries, Khmers, Vietnamese, Siamese, Burmese, French and Americans all fought wars on its soil before the communist Pathet Lao takeover in 1975. City of Diversity Today, Vientiane is a peaceful ci...
 

Luang Prabang

 
Luang Prabang The royal capital of Laos until the 1975 revolution, this World Heritage site remains a charming curiosity of ancient temples and French colonial architecture. Second City When Fa Ngum founded the Lan Xang kingdom in 1353, he named his capital Muang Sawa. Later, when he received a Sri Lankan Buddha image (Phra Bang) from the Khmers, he renamed the capital Luang Phrabang. Vientiane became the new capital in 1545. Now, as Laos second biggest city, Luang Phrabang remains a sleepy town still awaiting modernity. The ethnic mix is Laos, Mien, Hmong and various other Thai tribes. The architecture is assorted, with northern Laos temples and French colonial buildings standing among humbler private dwellings: mountains surr...
 

Pakse

 
Pakse Champasak Province lies in the southwestern part of Laos, which once had been part of the Cambodian Angkor Empire before the French arrived. It has the Mekong River as one of its transportation arteries and encompasses the vast lush, fertile pieces of land that encourage the rice cultivation - it is the largest rice cultivator of this aged-old country. Within its proximity, there are still various Mon-Khmer ethnic groups including the Laven. What can be seen here are rustic thatch huts, local agricultural practices, the century-long traditions and the still-primal way of life. Officially, Pakse is the capital city of Champasak province and the largest city in southern Laos. It is located on the confluence of the Me...
 

Luang Namtha

 
Luang Namtha Luang Namtha is the northeastern most province of Laos, remote and an up-coming eco-tourism destination. It shares a common border with China (north) and Thailand (west). It's still very much a back packers' paradise, and can be reached by road via Luang Prabhang-Oudamxai ( a back breaking ride ), or by air from Vientiane or Luang Prabhang. The main roads in Louang Namtha province connect Houaxai in Bokeo with Louang Namtha town and Oudomxay with Boten. Boten is an important border crossing with China (Jinghong), and provides an export route from China, via Xien Kok, loading from trucks into boats on the Mekong...
 

Savannakhet

 
Savannakhet Savannakhet is a province of Laos, located in the south of the country. Actually outhern Laos is the most Laotic region of the country. The province of Savannakhet has approx. 700.000 habitants. About 150.000 are living in the capital of the province. The city is actually located opposite of the small Thai town of Mukdahan. What can you see there. There are a number of buildings in the central business district that remind the visitor of Laos old French colonial heritage. Besides that you can witness some Chinese influence. Furthermore the knowledgeable spectator might notice the Vietnamese influence. A Mahayana Buddhist temple is the most obvious proof for that. If you want to enter Thailand you have to cross the...
 

Phonesavanh

 
Phonesavanh One of the last mysteries of Asia, the Plain of Jars, lies near to Phonesavanh. Despite many theories and speculation by archaeologists, there is no accepted explanation for the countless 8 feet high earthernware jars lying scattered over the plateau. Some of the jars were destroyed by the secret American bombing of Laos. A visit to area is enhanced by visits to the local ethnic minority villages of the Hmong....
 

Vang Vieng

 
Vang Vieng Vang Vieng is at the halfway point on the bus ride from Vientiane to Luang Prabang - about 6-8 hours (road and bus conditions permitting) from Luang Prabang. The ride to Vientiane takes about 4 hours. Some touts say the VIP bus (45k Kip+) takes two hours: this is not true. The VIP bus is just a coach and tends to wait until it is full before departing so take the departure time with a pinch of salt. The alternative is the local bus (set price 20k kip) which can be very crowded or a tuk-tuk (20k kip+). There really is no other way to Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng is riddled with such an array of guesthouses, restaurants and shops that it's hard to know what to do on arrival. Just about every shopfront on the main streets o...
 

Muang Ngoi

 
Muang Ngoi Muang Ngoi is a gorgeous, sleepy town, and one of the friendliest in Laos, which is a big call. There is no road access, and the lack of motorbikes and other vehicles is refreshing. Limited electricity means that the locals' lifestyle is aligned with daylight hours, and the town shuts down at 9 or 10, and starts up again very noisily at daybreak. Smaller than Nong Kiaow, Muang Ngoi offers more in the scope of local activities, and a few of the guesthouses offer trekking, walking, boating or caving day trips. Almost all the guesthouses wisely have hammocks on their balconies, and the favourite pastime of most visitors is simply swinging and appreciating the view. Directly in the path of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the...
 

Huay Xai

 
Huay Xai Huay Xai (also Houayxay) is the capital of the Laos province of Boko. It lies on the banks of the Mekong river, which forms the border to Thailand. More or less a transport stop-over, there is not much to see in the small town. Huay Xai is a popular border crossing between Laos and Chiang Khong in Thailand, the only one in the north. Once a big opium producing centre for the Americans during the war, the town itself is now of interest only as a border crossing point. The town has a number of guesthouses and restaurants which adequately cater to tourists' tastes. Many have information about travelling through northern Laos, as well as selling boat and bus tickets. There is not a lot to do in Huay Xai. Fort C...
 

Don Khon

 
Don Khon Far larger than Don Dhet, Don Khon is skipped by many budget travellers because most of the accommodation is mid range. However although there isn't 40 odd places to choose from, there are budget options here and staying on Don Khon is far more of a Lao experience than Don Dhet. There is a better range of eateries than on Don Dhet and the options for cycling and walking are considerably more extensive. The main disadvantage (aside from the generally higher cost of accommodation) is that in early to mid afternoon the island is swarmed by day trippers from Pakse and Thailand who plumment onto the island in droves -- at least they are only there for an hour or so. The island has a few old colonial buildings, includ...
 

 

 

 

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