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Laos Travel

Laos, formally known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic is one of the most economically challenged nations located in Southeast Asia. Laos is a mountainous, landlocked country sharing borders with the countries of Vietnam on the East, and Cambodia to its south. Laos also shares borders with the nations of Thailand on its west with the north being bordered by Myanmar and China. Laos has no coastlines, though it does possess several small or medium sized rivers and lakes or ponds.


Laos has many fascinating points of interest including the Ban Nalan trail, a two day ecotourism trek in the northern area of Laos that is popular with tourists. Also of interest is an area known as the Plain of Jars. This area fits its name as it has a great deal of jars along the plain, as the name implies, though no one knows why the jars are there or what the jars were/are used for. Another point of interest in Laos is the Si Phan Don or “four thousand” islands that are positioned within the region known as the Mekong, close the Cambodian border. Another interesting destination in Laos and one of the most beautiful sites in the country is the Tharn Nong Pafa Cave, a cave discovered only in 2004 in the province of Khammouan. The site has as many as 200 Buddha statues of all sizes and shapes in the cave.


Laos Travel


Laos has three major airports, the international airports at Vientiane and Luang Prabang which are regularly serviced by the national carrier Lao Airlines, as well as by Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways and Vietnam Airlines. Laos has a third international airport in Pakse. There are no international train links, although a long planned link should open sometime in 2008. Once in the country the traveler will find that the roads have improved dramatically in the past ten years.


The climate of Laos has three distinct seasons. The hot season runs between March and May with temperatures soaring as high as 40 degrees Celsius and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Although only slightly cooler, the wet season, which runs between the months of May to October bring temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, while tropical downpours are frequent and during some years, the Mekong floods occur. The dry season extends between November and March. During this period, very low rainfall and temperatures as low as 15 degrees Celsius and 59 degrees Fahrenheit is considered the high season or tourist season. Also during the dry season, temperatures in the mountains may get as low as 0 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Fahrenheit overnight during the dry season.


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