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Laos

Laos Quick Facts          Laos Climate          Laos Top 10 Destinations

Laos is a small landlocked country with steep mountains and dense jungle. A place unlike the rest, Laos is a magical country to visit that feels like a time of long ago; no shopping malls, amusement parks or bright lights, just life as it always was. Intricate temples, limestone mountains and sleepy villages where monks chant in unison at local pagodas, women fill vases in spirit shrines and children splash and play in the shallows of the Mekong River. Tranquil, calm and beautiful Laos is a place you won’t want to leave.

Laos Quick Facts

Official Name: The People’s Democratic Republic of Laos
Capital: Vientiane
Population: 6.2 million
Total Area: 236,800 sq km
Currency: Kip
Official Language: Lao
                   

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Laos Climate

Average Temperature – 28°C – 34°C / 15°C (January and February)
Average Rainfall – 1,500mm to 2,100mm / 3,000mm in Southern Laos (per year)
Average Humidity – 75-85%

The best time to visit Laos is between November and February. During these months there is the least rainfall and the temperatures don’t get too high.

There is quite a large amount of fluctuation across the country in regards to weather, with the mountains getting close to freezing, the southern half of Laos receiving most of the rainfall and the remainder of the country being mostly hot year round.

The hot months from March to May are very dry and some river trips may not be possible at this time.

The rainy season isn’t as bad as you may think with brief, but very heavy, downpours clearing the dust from the air and are often followed by long periods of sunshine. This rain however can make unsealed roads impassable, but this is a great time to travel by river as an alternative.

         

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Laos Top Ten Destinations

Vientiane

Laos’ capital city, this centre of culture and commerce sits on the banks of the Mekong River. A most relaxing city you can explore beautiful old wats, large markets and monuments during the day and afterwards unwind at one of the many riverside restaurants or bars while enjoying the sunset.

Vang Vieng

A riverside retreat, Vang Vieng is surrounded by beautiful limestone karst terrain. Unexplored caverns and tunnels are speckled through the limestone and some are said to be inhabited by spirits and hold

Luang Prabang (UNESCO World Heritage Listed)

An ancient royal city, Luang Prabang is a quiet town full of stunning architectural treasures with a fusion of French , Laotian and religious elements. Encircled by mountains and set on the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong River, Luang Prabang’s serene and unhurried way of life lulls travellers into a state of bliss.

Phonsavan (Plain of Jars)

In the northeast of Laos lies the mysterious Plain of Jars. Their origins still unknown several hundred jars carved from solid chunks of rock are scattered around the countryside. They are estimated at between 2,500 and 3,000 years old and weigh an average of 600kgs.

Houei Xay

A bustling river port, Houei Xay is the centre for trade between Thailand, China and Laos but also a popular entry point for visitors coming from Thailand into Laos. Famous for precious stones and gold mining, Houei Xay is a small town but various hill tribes can be accessed from here.

Savannakhet

The most populated province of Laos with a reputation as one of the most traditionally Lao regions in the country. Now becoming a busy trading area with a road linking Thailand and Vietnam running through the province, however beautiful villages and religious structures are worthwhile visiting.

Champasak

A large fountain circle dominates the town square where French colonial buildings share space with traditional wooden houses, vehicles make way on the street for buffalos and cows languidly on course to their next destination. Wat Phu Champasak, an Angkor period Khmer temple, is the hero of the area and worth a visit.

Pakse

Situated on the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don Rivers and is the gateway for visits to the highlights of Southern Laos. A lively market, the biggest in the country is worth a visit to experience the area’s fresh produce.

Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands)

Next to the Cambodian border this sleepy area is home to many self-sufficient communities. A few islands are inhabited and can be visited and explored by foot or bicycle or rapids and waterfalls can be explored by boat. Also you might catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin.

Bolovens Plateau

Elephant back riding is a unique way to explore this area which is extremely fertile and covered in coffee and tea plantations and fruit orchards. The area is also home to several tribes, spectacular waterfalls and a striking forest boasting many rare species of flora and fauna.

                   

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