Laos is one of those few countries of the world, which has retained a greater part of its traditional culture and its pristine natural beauty. This small country, located in Southeast Asia, is fast emerging as a popular tourist destination. Although, Laos is a small country, but nonetheless, it is packed with attractions of several kinds. For a short vacation, spanning for two to three days, your Laos itinerary could only include Vientiane and its neighborhood.
Laos has three international airports. For hassle free air travel, first take a flight to Bangkok, from where you could board your Laos flight. If you happen to be in a country that shares its border with Laos, such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar or China, you can cross the river or land border to arrive in Laos. However, border crossing has its own disadvantages, which international travelers, searching for a hassle free vacation, would love to avoid.
Time to visit
Laos could be a year round destination. The peak tourist season is from November to February, when the temperature is cool with least rainfall. If you don’t mind traveling on the muddy roads of the remote areas of this country, monsoon is the time to enjoy some of the best natural beauties of Laos.
Vientiane, the capital of Laos, is located on the bank of the Mekong River. It is not comparable to the large metropolitan cities of the world. This city is buzzing with a spirit that is traditional and lively. The old French mansions, which still stand along the streets of Vientiane, are the only remnants of the colonial past of the city. One of the popular attractions of Vientiane is undoubtedly its marketplaces and eateries. The eateries, lining the streets of the city, offer a wide variety of cuisines, including excellent traditional noodle dishes and French cuisine. There are some awesome ancient temples and museums in Vientiane. Haw Pha Kaeo, built in the 16th century, has been converted into a religious arts museum. It houses the famous Emerald Buddha.
The That Dam or the Black Stupa is the place where you can enjoy some peaceful moments. Wat Si Saket is the oldest surviving temple in the city. The grounds of Wat Si Muang are believed to be the home of the city’s guardian spirit. The Buddha idols of Wat Si Saket Buddhas are a popular attraction of Vientiane. Before leaving Vientiane, don’t miss having a rejuvenating herbal massage in one of its famous spas.