In the current day and age, it’s a rare occurrence to find a country that still holds its old-fashioned charm, like Laos. While visiting, you’ll be overcome by the Buddhism influences which largely shape aspects of local daily life and make for a peaceful and calming atmosphere.
Spirituality is extremely valued in Laos and is home to over 30 amazing wats in which you can see the Buddhist practice taking place by monks. If this sparks your interest, one of the key places to visit would be Luang Prabang. Rise early enough and you may spot monks walking the cobbled streets at the crack of dawn, before having the chance to explore the glorious architecture for yourself.
Laos is a country of jaw-dropping natural beauty that has largely been left untouched and can only be described as a tropical paradise – think river valleys set behind a glowing red sunset and dotted with coconut palm trees. There is an abundance of things to do for explorers off the beaten track – why not spend an afternoon riding on a small boat through the emerald green pools of Kong Lor Cave (which are believed by locals to be holy) Or, visit the Plain of Jars which are interestingly believed to have once stored human bodies. If wildlife is your thing, you simply can’t miss a trip to the Tat Kuang Sir Bear Rescue Centre – a sanctuary for bears who sadly would have otherwise been caught by poachers.
While visiting Laos, make sure you make time for a trip to Vientiane – you may be surprised that the capital city looks and feels more like a small town. During the Colonial period, Vientiane was a French trading post, which is the reason why there are still French influences to be explored to this very day.
What is the currency in Laos?
The national currency for Laos is the Lao Kip.
How long does it take to fly to Laos?
It takes approximately 12 hours 16 minutes to fly from London to Laos.
What is the time difference in Laos?
GMT + 7 hours.
When is the best time to visit Laos?
The best time to visit Laos would be between October and April – when temperatures are warm and dry. However, if you’re keen to embark on riverboat rides and activities, it would be best to visit during November and January when water levels are high.
What language is spoken in Laos?
The native language in Laos is Lao