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Cheap flights to Laos

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR, more simply known as Laos) is a landlocked country bordering Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Its landscape is dominated by mountains and flowing rivers (including the great Mekong river) which accounts for much of the country’s development, by its production of hydroelectricity that can be sold to Laos’neighbours. Though considered one of Southeast Asia’s poorest countries, the Lao people are known for their relaxed and laid-back attitudes toward life as well as their non-participance in the rat race for wealth and power that dominates much of the modern world nowadays. Their peaceful ways of life are a breath of fresh air and the unspoilt beauty of the country further adds to the otherworldly feeling of having been plucked out of reality and placed in a different land where time stands still.

Laos’climate is typical of Southeast Asia - mostly tropical, with warm temperatures and high humidities as well as the yearly rainy season. The country has a population of around 6 million, which comprises a variety of ethnic groups and indigenous tribes. The official language of the country is Lao, and the official religion is Buddhism.

Getting around

To get around Laos, one can choose to travel by land or air. Though air transport is the most expensive, it may be the best option for those in a hurry as journey times are much shortened, and air fares relatively affordable. For those with no time limit, though, land and river transport could prove to be a more exciting and enriching experience. Inter-city travel is usually done via public bus, which is cheap but may not be too comfortable an experience. For tourists, vans and minibuses are available to select tourist towns - these are more expensive, but quicker and possibly more comfortable.

What to see and do

When a country wins the award for World’s Best Tourist Destination 2013 (by the European Council on Tourism and Trade) as well as the Favorite Cultural Destination award, you know its something special. And Laos, most definitely, fits the bill. If in this exotic land don’t miss a visit to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995 and one of Laos’ top tourist attractions. A small town surrounded by mountains in the northern part of the country, Luang Prabang was once the capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom and sports ancient architecture in the form of royal palaces, more than 30 temples (known as Wats) and old French villas. On top of that it also boasts unspoilt natural beauty, with the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Kuang Si Falls, Tat Sae Waterfalls, ancient caves and elephant rides on the activity menu for tourists.

If you’re seeking adventure, though, Vang Vieng is for you. A favourite for the young, fit and thrill-seeking, Vang Vieng offers everything from limestone karst cliffs, a maze of caves and tunnels, the Nam Song river, idyllic lagoons and more. Few other places on the planet allows one to live life to the fullest the way Vang Vieng does - the daredevil can rock-climb on steep cliffs, explore dark caves or go rafting, the lazy can sprawl on a rubber tube and drift down the Nam Song or laze on a hammock by the river, the restful can jump in the Blue Lagoon for a soak and swim. 

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