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Relatively undeveloped, this deeply forested and mountainous country is completely landlocked and offers those seeking
either peace and connection or adventure, a new world to discover.
Despite a somewhat turbulent past, Laos is a wonderful country to visit with some of the friendliest people in Southeast Asia. Laos has a natural beauty combined with a mix of the original Buddhist culture and French influences. The sleepy capital city of Vientiane provides a great introduction to the charms of the country.
This quaint capital city of Laos is located on a bend of the Mekong River. There is a strong connection to Buddhism in Vientiane with many temples in the city. Nearby is Buddha Park where there are 200 odd sculptures relating to religion. Spot the Laos version of the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy wandering the streets by foot or tuk tuk. Cycling is also a good way to explore the area and an easy way to view a number sights. A couple of museums will help with the history lessons.
There were once many bars along the riverfront, but now Vang Vieng is known for its outdoor activities. The landscape of limestone mountains creates caves for exploring and the river allows kayaking, canoeing, tubing and rafting, or embrace the land and go trekking, mountain biking or rock climbing. Ziplining is also very popular. There are a number of traditional Buddhist temples too.
Situated beside the Mekong, this former ancient capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has preserved the French influenced architecture well. The 33 gilded temples and old villas that dot the streets provide many photo opportunities as do the monks wandering about. Visit nearby waterfalls and mountains and be amazed at the beauty, and observe the everyday life of locals on a village visit.
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