Laos overview

Laos is a landlocked country located in the centre of Indochine. It has common borders with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Laos is 236,800 sq. km in land area, the major part being mountainous and forested. Geographically, the country is divided into three areas: the North, the Central and the Southern parts.

Famous for its relaxed atmosphere, the country never fails to deliver guests unique experiences and unexpected moments of discovery with every visit. Most visitors travel to the capital city Vientiane and then head north to historic royal city of Luang Prabang where watching as hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries-old monasteries is as romantic a scene as you’ll experience anywhere in Asia. With plenty of sightseeing, activities, and traveler facilities it is no wonder that these two cities continue to draw the most visitors. Away these two cities, there is so much more to see: the cool highlands of the Bolavan Plateau in the southern part of the country, the Plain of Jars in the north-east makes for a mysterious diversion into one of Laos’ least-visited regions, the forested mountains of Northern Laos, the gothic limestone karsts around the backpacker-haven Vang Vieng and in the deep south, past the market town Pakse, is the sleepy 4000 islands of Si Phan Don, where the mighty Mekong spreads out and all the hammocks are taken. There are also plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track, with some of South-East Asia's best trekking opportunities to be discovered in Laos north-eastern Phongsali region.

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