Put Laos on Your Travel List
When global travel is safe to resume, and international borders are open, do you know where you will travel to first? If you haven’t decided yet, we’ve got one simple suggestion: Laos.
Laos, the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, is an untouched paradise that is often overlooked by backpackers and travelers to the region. Most travelers pass over Laos and instead head to more popular destinations like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. While those countries certainly have a more active tourism scene, they cannot compare to the quiet beauty of Laos.
Laos is mostly mountainous, though all of its major cities are adjacent to Rivers. Luang Prabang in the North, Vientiane, the capital and central city, and Pakse, a southern city, are all along the famous Mekong River. Another notable tourist destination Vang Vieng is located on the Nam Song River, which is a tributary of the Mekong River. Rivers are the lifeblood of Laos, providing electricity and economic development to the whole country.
While Laos doesn’t have the ancient history like neighboring Cambodia does or the modern historical significance of Vietnam, Laos’ history is modest and rooted in religion. Ancient Buddhists made settlements in Laos, erecting temples and stupas across the flatter lands. From there, life spread outward into the mountains, but only minimally.
For a country of its size, Laos is remarkably sparsely populated. Most of the mountains and valleys are untouched, appearing as they have for thousands of years. While the Vietnam War caused significant damage to some of the eastern mountains, the rest of Laos is a natural wonder.
If you are looking for a great escape into nature that won’t break the bank, consider Laos for your next trip. As soon as you are drinking tea along the Mekong River or relaxing at a mountain resort breathing clean, fresh air, you’ll wonder why Laos isn’t more popular.