Laos is a country that is not popular tourist destination yet it has much to offer its travelers. Located in Asia, in between Thailand and Vietnam, Laos is full of a culture rooted in Buddhism. The country also seems to get overlooked by its other popular neighboring countries, in terms of tourism. Yet, there are many great destinations within the country that will give you memories you will never forget.
Places to Go
One of the most popular destinations in the Mekong River. The river is quite long and runs through various countries including Cambodia and Thailand. To get a sense of the Laos landscape, taking a boat tour down the river is quite popular. It shows the heart of Laos culture while also relaxing for the afternoon.
If boats are not in your plans for your trip to Laos, there are plenty of attractions to see that display the symbols of their Buddhist culture. The Vientiane is the capital of Laos and is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Laos because it is so large. One of the largest attractions in the city is one of the Buddhist national monuments, That Luang. It is a beautiful building with detailed architecture and looks as though it was dipped in gold.
Lao cuisine is quite different than most Asian cuisines. One of the most popular dishes of the country is steamed sticky rice. This dish is normally eaten by hand. This dish is the essence of the people of Lao. The call themselves “children of the sticky rice”. Larb is also quite a popular dish in Lao culture. It is a mix of marinated meat or fish paired with an assortment of herbs, vegetables, and spices. The meat may be prepared raw as well. Their dishes vary region to region due to what fresh foods are available to them locally.
Laos is not a country for everyone. Because the country is so small, you may find yourself riding a small bus, packed with rice taking you along the river to your next destination. If you are looking for a luxurious getaway, this is not the place. Yet, for those who want to experience a different culture and learn how a small country lives day to day with Buddhist lifestyles, Laos is for you.