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Morning Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang: Everything You Need to Know

The morning alms giving ceremony is an amazing way to participate in an ancient local custom, and to get in touch with the spirituality, history, and cultural heritage of Luang Prabang. Unfortunately, bad and disrespectful behavior by tourists has soured the experience somewhat. Help change things by being a responsible tourist. What time is the alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang? How should you behave? What is the dress code? How do you give alms to monks?

Lao-Lao: What is Laotian Rice Whisky?

As ubiquitous as the ever-popular Beer Lao, lao-lao, or Laotian rice whisky, is one of the staple drinks of the Lao PDR. This super cheap home-brewed moonshine is found throughout the country, and is today even served in a large range of craft-style options. What is lao-lao? How is it made? Where can you buy it? How much does it cost?

Luang Prabang National Museum and Haw Phra Bang - Lao royal palace and temple

A visit to Luang Prabang is incomplete without a visit to the Natinonal Museum, old Royal Palace, and Haw Phra Bang Temple. The Royal Temple is the home to the legendary Phra Bang Buddha, and sits on the grounds of the old Luang Phrabang Royal Palace. Today, the site is operated and maintained by the Luang Phrabang National Museum, and is one of the best and most interesting sites in the entire city.

Two Temples in Central Vang Vieng, Laos - discover Lao spirituality

Visit Vang Vieng’s two amazing temples! While Vang Vieng may be best known for its wild parties and basically free alcohol, there’s a quieter, more cultural spiritual side to the popular backpacker’s town as well. As Vang Vieng struggles to reclaim its culture and peaceful atmosphere from its bad reputation, more visitors are looking to the lesser-known side of this little town on the Nam Song River.

Visiting the COPE Center in Vientiane, Laos

Laos, the most heavily bombed country in the history of the world, is still suffering after the Vietnam War. There are more unexploded ordinances (UXO) in Laos than there are people, and the poor infrastructure and rough terrain make it difficult to remove bombs. The COPE Center, an NGO in Vientiane, is a fascinating and heartbreaking museum that does a lot of work on UXO removal and providing prosthetic limbs to those who have been injured in explosions.

Do you need a visa to visit Laos?

Almost everyone needs a visa to visit Laos. The good news is that many nationalities are able to apply for visas-upon-arrival at certain international airports and border crossings in Laos. Make sure that you are able to receive a visa on arrival, or else risk being turned away at immigration.

Laos: A Weekend in Vientiane: 7 Things to do in Laos' Capital

Not a lot of people visit Laos, the sleepy, landlocked Southeast Asian country just north of Thailand. The Lao People's Democratic Republic is one of the world's five remaining communist countries, and has a reputation of being the friendliest and most laid back; a joke amongst travelers is that "PDR" in its name doesn't stand for "People's Democratic Republic", but instead "Please Don't Rush".