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I was asked to research Laos and write about it


A land of remote tribal villages and ancient caves dating to great Buddhist civilizations of the past, it is your turn to explore the mountains and swamps of Laos.


You’ll see ancient ruins and the grace of colonial buildings in Vientiane.  Communism governs Laos.  Regardless, the cuisine is delectable, with some French, Southeast Asian, and Beer Lao on tap to make Laos accommodation a memorable experience.


Laos, as a “forgotten country,” means that in Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang few cars drive, but instead, motorbikes and bikes are the primary modes of transport.  Laos accommodation is relaxing and laid back.  Traversing the Mekong or walking by the riverside you will find yourself at peace, and all is silent.  In Vang Vieng, a Laos travel guide will tell you the tubing is famous.  Renting an inner tube is 6.50 US, plus a seven dollar deposit for the day.


Although Laos shapes up to be a very poor, undeveloped nation, all of its imports are expensive, including goods, Laos accommodation and transportation.  A reasonable budget could be said to be $20 US to $35 US a day.  An undiscovered jewel at the heart of Indochina, the natural beauty is stunning, the people are friendly, and the charm of Laos and the relaxed pace of the day are irresistible.  You will find that most of the sights in Vientiane are situated within relative proximity to each other because urban sprawl has not yet materialized in the city.


Home to over two hundred elaborately designed statues and sculptures, Xieng Khuan is 25 km outside Vientiane.

The Great Stupa is the most sacred monument in all of Laos and dates back to the sixteenth century.  About four kilometers northeast of Vientiane, The Great Stupa is a giant golden temple.


At the center of Patuxai Park, the Patuxai Victory Monument is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, topped off with five towers which are highly distinctive.


The Wat Ho Phra Keo is a Buddhist temple near the center of Vientiane dating back to 1565 and once was home to the Emerald Buddha, which the Thai reclaimed in 1778 and returned to Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. In Laos, it remains a sacred site known as ‘The Temple of the Emerald Buddha’ and has fascinating historical significance, as an English-speaking Laos travel guide will explain.


The National Museum is also on hand to reveal the history and culture of Laos.  An old colonial French building, a variety of exhibits, artifacts, and photographs cover the entirety of civilized history ranging from dinosaur bones to poetry shards.  As well, the National Museum discusses the Siamese invasions and also the French colonial period and the American military presence during the Vietnam War.


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