Laos is a country full of active Buddhist monasteries, Khmer Ruins, rice paddies, and awesome landscapes. Even though it is much less known than its neighbors Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, Laos is no less than them in any aspect.
Surprisingly, Laos was once a French colony that became independent in 1953. This explains why its gastronomy is so similar to the french one. Having a croissant as breakfast while watching the sun illuminate an old temple is a priceless experience.
As Laos is a mountainous country and has no contact with the sea, one could think that it’s impossible to visit a beautiful island there right?
Well, actually, it is possible for the Si Phan Don region! This region, which is situated in the North of the country, it’s demi-submerged because of the constant rains and the inundations of the rivers, creating more than 4000 islands.
In the rivers and lakes of the demi-submerged zone, a lot of incredible phenomena appear (dolphins, the largest waterfalls of all South Asia: the waterfalls Li Phi, water much more blue than normal, and some man-made beaches for the enjoyment of tourists).
The Time of Traveling
The best time to visit Laos is when the temperature is softer and there’s less precipitation,
between November and March.
Even though the official currency of Laos is the Kip (1 kip=0,000087€), the US dollar and Thailand’s Baht are used equally to the Kip.
The official language is Lao. Apart from Lao, there are some tribal dialects.
To be able to stay in the country for, at most, 30 days a visa is needed for everyone. This visa might be acquired online, on the frontier of Laos (if you travel by land or sea), or when arriving at an airport in Laos.