Laos is a
land-locked mountainous country which is gaining a reputation as an Eco
tourist destination. Its many rivers crisscrossing the country and unspoilt
national parks are ideal for activities such as trekking, kayaking and
caving. The capital, Vientiane, and the other major towns have been spared
major modern developments with traditional and colonial architecture still
Laos is one of the
few Communist countries left in the world. Until 1988, tourists were not
allowed access to Laos, but now it is perfectly feasible to travel all over
the country, preferably with a recognized tour company, although plenty of
backpackers do it independently. The number of tourists is expected to
continue increasing over the next few years as more and more people discover
the delights of this laid-back country of mountains and rivers.
For now, Laos
remains relatively isolated and undeveloped. Its capital, Vientiane, is more
like a big village than a crowded Asian hub and life throughout the country
is slow paced. Most people come to Laos and make a brief tour of Vientiane
and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang with perhaps a brief detour
to the mysterious Plain of Jars. But those who make the effort to explore
further afield will be well rewarded with luscious landscapes, friendly
people and unique glimpses of a country hardly changed for over a century.
nation in Southeast Asia occupying the northwest portion of the Indochinese
peninsula, Laos is surrounded by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and
Burma. Twice the size of Pennsylvania, Laos is a mountainous country,
especially in the north, where peaks rise ..........
Laos has a tropical monsoon climate. She has pronounced rainy season
from May through October. A cool dry season from November through February,
and a hot dry season in March and April. Generally, monsoons occur at the
same time across the country, although that time may vary significantly from
one year to the next...........
People of Laos boast a plethora
of distinctive monuments and architectural styles. One of the most notable
structures is That Luang, the Great Sacred Stupa, in Vientiane. Its dome
like stupa and four-cornered superstructure is the model for similar
monuments throughout Laos..........
First recorded history of Laos and its origins as a unified state to the
emergence of the Kingdom of Lan Xang (literally, "million elephants")was
traced in 1353. Laos Under the rule of King Fa Ngum, the wealthy and
mighty kingdom covered much of what today is Thailand and Laos.........