The Southeast Asian country of Laos which is around 2,453Km from India is a hidden gem. Its rich cultural diversity comes from the 49 ethnic groups that influence the food, arts, customs, and festivals in the country.
The country is divided into north, central, and southern regions, each with lush landscapes and an inviting atmosphere. The unspoiled jungle habitat of Laos means you might see an elephant strolling on your way to breakfast or monks walking the roadways.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
The Kuang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang is one of the most stunning waterfalls in Laos. The waterfall cascades down three tiers to a 50-meter drop. Beneath the falls are a series of pools ideal for swimming and perhaps the best view for looking up at the grand falls. You can also just sit and enjoy the view from the jungle shade on the perimeter of the falls. Waterfall Adventure Tour are available to make your trip more interesting.
One of the most stunning ways to explore the natural beauty in Laos is among the 4000 Islands in the southern tip of the country. The three main islands that remains in the tourists intrests are Don Khong, Don Khon, and Don Det. These are remote islands that have sparse, if any, internet service and no ATMs that makes it the most interesting. The payoff is the closest experience you will get to ancient Laos customs as you enjoy views of the Mekong River and taste local cuisine from ingredients grown on centuries-old farms.
Kong Lor Caves
Tucked within the Phou Hin Boun National Protected Area in central Laos are the Kong Lor Caves. It is a river cave system that stretches for more than 7.4 kilometers, one of the longest in the world. The caves are quite dark, and might get wet in certain conditions if water is dripping from the ceilings.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phu is an archaeological phenomenon preserved in a mountain in southern Laos. The temple is one of the oldest worship sites in the country, located at the base of the Phu Kao mountain, which is considered a holy mountain. Wat Phu is a Buddhist temple, but you will see relics of its Hindu history. This location is significant to Laos’ history. The flowing Mekong River in the background adds to the ambience.
Food of Laos
Khao niaw , a sticky rice is a staple food among the Laotians. Traditionally steamed in a cone-shaped bamboo basket, the rice is then placed in a covered basket, where it is eaten by hand alongside spicy soup, and meat-based dishes.