Completely different to everything else you have seen in Laos, this place in the North of the country is a marvel of South-East Asian natural beauty combined with French colonial architecture and a bit of a Western touch in cafés, restaurants and bars. A chill-out place of culture and art where yoga and temples and amazing sunsets viewed from the Phousi Mount align with Kuang Si waterfall healing power and the Mekong river ancestral vibes and traditions – a perfect melange that will surely make it underneath your skin…
A small riverside town in Central Laos, this place will make you feel at home if you love outdoor activities such as mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, caving, swimming and rock climbing.
Surely, there is a lot to see in Laos. If you have a month or so, go around the country, explore and enjoy. Bring along a waterproof bag and a waterproof head-torch (to explore the caves), a waterproof cover for your phone or camera, trekking shoes, a sunscreen, sunglasses, a water-bottle, a mosquito repellent, your passport, money, and your international driving licence.
Food in Laos is similar to the food in other countries in South East Asia. Lots of rice, noodles, greens, soups, curries, Pad Thai, crispy pork and other type of meat, fish and seafood. Laotian dishes would typically include mint, cilantro (coriander) and green onion and can get pretty spicy. Almost anything can be paired with sticky rice. And there are some specialities you should not miss out on. The best thing – like anywhere in South East Asia – is the great number of street food stalls. You can never go hungry here.
I guess this one might cause a stir. As I, unlike many of those who were describing the country to me before I got here, don’t think it is “cheap, not touristy and with the loveliest people in the world”.