Welcome to the Lao PDR, a mountainous landlocked Southeast Asian nation sandwiched between Thailand, China, and Vietnam. Famous for its cheap beer, amazing scenery, adventure travel, friendly people, and rich culture, Laos is slowly beginning to be discovered by world travelers as an up-and-coming top destination.
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?
One of the most popular day trips from Luang Prabang, Laos is to visit the legendary Pak Ou Caves. What are the Pak Ou Caves? How much does it cost to visit them? How do you get there? Is it worth it to spend half a day visiting the caves? Read on!
Ban Xang Hai, commonly referred to as the “Whisky Village” sits about 30km north of Luang Prabang. A visit to the village includes free shots of strong Lao whisky, the chance to buy lots of traditional handicrafts, and a short stop to explore the village. Is it worth it to visit the Whisky Village in Luang Prabang? Is the lao-lao rice whisky any good? Read on!
Just down the road from the Royal Palace is Wat Mai, one of the most important royal temples in Luang Prabang, and one that you mustn’t miss when touring the historic city in Laos.
Luang Prabang is Laos’ funky UNESCO World Heritage City, full of temples, palaces, and lots of cool cafes. Here are some of the best cafes in the city, both the ones that are long-time tourist haunts and those that are more local and traditional. Lao coffee is world-famous, and you definitely must not miss enjoying a cafe or ten while you are in the country.
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?
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.
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.
10 FREE things to do in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao PRD. These top 10 interesting and exciting attractions are some of the best things to do in the city. From museums to markets to temples, don’t miss these amazing free sites 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.
Visit Wat Si Mueang and the nearby City Pillar Shrine, two of Vientiane's most historic and important Buddhist landmarks. Both the temple and the city pillar are located in the eastern side of town, just a short walk past the Presidential Palace and Wat Si Saket, and easily reachable by foot. Both the temple and city pillar are free to visit.
Try the world’s cheapest alcohol. Is this 10,000 kip (about $1) bottle of “smooth and mellon” Lao whisky any good? This ubiquitous drink had something of a reputation around Vang Vieng, Laos.
What is it like to travel by bus in Laos? How much does a ticket cost? Is it safe to take the bus between Vientiane and Vang Vieng? How long does the trip between Vientiane and Vang Vieng take? We travel by bus in northern Laos. Here’s our review!
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.
Save money and get around Vientiane, Laos easily with the new city bus. The bus runs directly to and from Wattay International Airport, and visits all of the most popular sites in the city, including Patuxai, Buddha Park, the Friendship Bridge, and much more. Learn how to take the bus, where it goes, and how much it costs here!
Beer Lao, the national drink of the Lao PDR, is widely considered to be the best beer in Asia. This year, for Visit Laos Year 2018, the brewery has released three brand-new flavors or Beer Lao: White, Amber, and Hoppy. We give these three new brews a try in the Laotian capital of Vientiane.
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".
Michael and Pinky take a weekend trip to Vientiane, the capital of the Lao People Democratic Republic (Laos). It is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, and less than an hour flight from Bangkok.