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Holiday Laos   -   Tourist information Laos.

Provinces in Laos [ khoueng ]: Attapu, Bokeo, Bolikhamxai, Champasak, Houaphan, Khammouan, Louangnamtha, Louangphabang, Oudomxai, Phongsali, Salavan, Savannakhet, Viangchan, Xaignabouli, Xekong and Xiangkhoang

Municipality [ kampheng nakhon ]: Viangchan

Special zone [ hetphiset ]: Xaisomboun

Capital City of Laos: Vientiane

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Car Rentals Laos

Car rental

Hotels in Laos / Hostels

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.


Travel Agencies / Tour Operators

 G Adventures   -   Build Your Own Laos Trip
Waterfalls and rainforests of the Boloven plateau. Dolphins of Lovina and islands of the Mekong. Trek the Namtha mountain trail. Build your own Laos adventure.   

  Kuoni  -   Type of holidays : Cruises, Escorted Tours, Family holidays & Spa
Poetically known as the Land of a Million Elephants and probably one of the most enchanting countries in South East Asia. Laos is eye wateringly beautiful and offers visitors a rich embroidery of traditional culture and wondrous scenery. If your desire is to tread a path that is less travelled then this charming country is certainly for you. You will find genuinely warm and friendly people, fabulous sightseeing, and outstanding local cuisine.


  Vieng Champa Tour   -   Tours in Laos  -  local Tour Operator in Vientiane

Laos (Lonely Planet Country Guides) - ISBN 1741791537 Travel Guides Laos / Related books

Laos (Lonely Planet Country Guides)
Austin Bush (Author)
Paperback: 368 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th edition edition (17 Dec 2010); ISBN-10: 1741791537; ISBN-13: 978-1741791532.

Luang Prabang (Laos) 
Francis Engelmann, Thomas Renaut (Photographer)
Set on top of a hill, bordered by the Mekong River and one of its tributaries, Luang Prabang has succeeded in preserving the traditions of Laos whilst turning the forces of nature into its natural protection. This volume seeks to capture the essence of the city in photographs and descriptions.
Hardcover 88 pages (June 1, 1998);  Publisher: ASA Editions;  Language: English;  ISBN: 2911589157.

Transportation / How do I travel to Laos

Laos is a landlocked country in southeast Asia.

Laos is bordered by Myanmar [ Burma ] and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west.

Most people coming to Laos will come via Bangkok, the nearest International hub. 

  Vientiane Airport   -   Wattay Airport / Vattay Airport

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  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights  
Flights Laos / Price comparison possible

  Buses travel between all major towns and cities - the type of bus may vary between a converted pickup truck, a flat bed truck with benches or a more modern traditional bus,  Fares are always reasonable - but times of departure and travelling times will vary a lot.   Be patient, and allow plenty of time when travelling by bus.

Ferry boats run from Vientiane to Luang Prabang v.v. as well as from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai and back. Journeys can take several days, depending on the time of year - and whether travelling up or down river. This kind of travel is for the experienced only!  Whilst cramped, hot and lengthy - it is one of the most interesting ways of touching the Lao lifestyle.

  Lao River Exploration Services Co., Ltd,  Vientiane,  Tel/Fax:  +856 71 252596

Road access is possible from neighboring countries. Between Thailand and Laos the border can be crossed at Houeixay in Bokeo province, at Mittaphab Friendship Bridge near Vientiane and at Dan Savannakhet Province. China can be reached by road at Boten in Luang Namtha Province. Border Crossing between Laos and Vietnam have been set up at Laksao on the road No.8.Borikhamsay Province and at Dan Savannakhet Province no the road No. 9

  Maps Laos [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castaņeda Library  -   Map Collection ]


  Mekong Center   =   LNTA   =   Lao National Tourism Authority

  Vientiane   -   Capital City of Laos   -   hub for all travel in the country
Vientiane is located on the bank of the Mekong river which forms the lifeline of the country. The city is full of surprises.  The city's exotic Eurasian setting fascinates most travelers. Here you can find fields of rice and vegetables, agriculture hidden behind tree lined avenues.  French Colonial architecture sits next to gilded temples.  Freshly baked French bread is served next to shops selling noodle soup.

The most southeastern tip province of Laos; sharing borders with Sekong in the north, Champassack in the west,Vietnam in the East and Cambodia in the South. The province has a total population of around 87,700; consists of five districts: Saysettha, Sanamxay and Phouvong. The town is built in a large valley surrounded by mountains and also in the loop of the river, opposite the confluence of the Sekong and Sekhamane Rivers. Where the join an island is formed by a small arm of water connecting them upstream.
  Bokeo   -   bordering Thailand
BokeoLocated along the three-border intersection of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, form part of the Golden Triangle.  From Thailand the border can be crossed at Houeixay
  Bolikhamxai   -   bordering Vietnam
Is located in tse central Laos in the narrow "neck" with moderately high mountains sloping southwest into the Mekong River valley. Vientiane and Xieng Khouang provinces lie to the north, Khammouane province to the south. Laksao [ border town ]
Champassack, lies to the southwestern Laos, the capital of Champassack is Pakse, which located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Sedon rivers. Southeast Asia's biggest waterfalls, Khone Pha Pheng, are within easy reach by boat or by road.
Huaphanh province, a mysterious, beautiful and abundant land, is situated in the North East of Laos, bordered by Xieng Khuang and Luangprabang to the west and Vietnam to the east.It was the best of the Lao people's Revolutionary activities and especially the historic interest as the geographical heart of the liberation struggle. The province has a total population of around 247,300; consisting of many ethnic groups, each with their own life styles, costumes, folkways in wedding and other ceremonies, festivals, folkdances and songs, differing from each other.Huaphanh has six districts: Viengxay, Xamnuea, Xamtai, Viengthong and Huamuang. The principle town is Viengxay the former name know as Nakai, according to the former time this area had many of birds, reptiles, wild animals.
Khammouane is situated in the central part of Lao PDR with an area of moderately high mountains sloping down to the Mekong valley. Fertile land here is well suited to plantations of rice, cabbage, sugar cane, bananas etc.
Luang Namtha is a northern province bordering on China and Myanmar and its selection is based upon a series of environment, social, cultural, historical and development factors, which make the site an excellent location to, evaluated the potential for sustainable cultural and ecotourism in and around a protected area. The forests are dense, and cover near 99% of the protected area.
Luang Prabang is situated at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong rivers. It is the ancient capital city of the Lane Xang Kingdom. According to legend, its first later it was known as Xieng Thong. In recognition of the city's vast array of Lao monuments and its historic and culturally significant setting, UNESCO declared Luang Prabang as a World Heritage Site in 1995.
This mountainous northern province is wedged between Luang Prabang in the east, Phongsaly in the northeast, Sayabouri in the south and china sharing small northern borders.
Phongsaly is situated in the most northern tip of Laos, enclosed three sides by China and Vietnam and cut off to overland travel from Oudomsay to the south. It consists of six districts: Phongsaly, Muangmai, Muangkhua, Samphan, Sombounxay and Yot Ou.
Saravane province, a southeastern province situated on the Bolavens Plateau is devoted to agriculture and nature offering idyllic scenery. A prehistoric site exists not far from the cascades where a wonderful scene can be seen.
  Savannakhet   -   bordering Vietnam
Dan [ border town ]
  Viangchan  ??
Vientiane province, most people in are farmers. Agricultural is the major income of the province.  Located 90 km north of Vientiane municipality is the Nam Ngum reservoir, a huge artificial lake created as part of a hydroelectric scheme. The lake is dotted with hundreds of picturesque islands, which can be explored by cruising around in small boats. Vientiane province offers impressive scenery.
  Xaignabouli  ??
Sayabouri is situated in the north west of Lao; sharing borders with Vientiane and Luang Prabang in the east and Thailand in the West.Sayabouri is the most attractive destinations with sights and charms peculiar to itself and picturesque North-west region.There are many beautiful things to see in Sayabouri. The principal town in commonly called Muang Sayabouri, where many impressive temples such as Wat Ban Thin, Wat Ban Phapoun and Wat Ban Natonoy are located
Sekong is situated in the heart of the southeastern part of Laos; has common borders with Saravane to the west, Champassack and Attapeu to the south and Vietnam to the east.
Xieng Khouang province offers the awesome beauty of high green mountains and rugged karsts formations.

  Luang Prabang   -   the jewel of Indochina, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains at the junction of the Mekong and its tributary, the Khan river.  In the centre of the city is Mount Phousi with stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills. Luang Prabang is a city where time seems to stand still.
  Savannakhet Khanthabouly
Savannakhet Khanthabouly, the provincial capital of Savannakhet, is a busy market place for trade with nearby Thailand.  Numerous examples of French architecture tell of the town's importance during the colonial era. Khanthebouly's main attractions are its noteworthy temples such as the beautiful Wat Saya Phoum and That Inghang.

  Golden Triangle
  Nam Ngum River
  Mekong River
  Phu Bia   -   Highest Mountain in Laos [ 2820 m ]
  Si Pan Don   -   4000 Islands

  Radio   -   Lao National Radio
Original Launched in 1960 in the resistance zone of the North Eastern Laos, Lao National Radio (LNR) became the national broadcast in 1975, talking over the studios of the former Royal Lao Radio Station in Vientiane.
  Radio   -   Free TV from Laos - LyngSat
  University Laos   -   National University of Laos 

Cuisine  -  Laotian Cooking

  Cuisine of Laos

  Taste of Laos: Lao/Thai Recipes from Dara Restaurant
Paperback: 135 pages; Snow Lion Graphics/SLG Books (July 1, 2000); ISBN: 0943389321; by Daovone Xayavong, John Bear, Roger Williams

History of Laos

 Independence: 19 July 1949 (from France)

Laos' early history was dominated by the wider Nanzhao kingdom, which was succeded in the 14th century by the local kingdom of Lan Xang that lasted until its decline in the 18th century.

  History of Laos   -   Wikipedia

Music, Arts & Culture, Events in Laos

Influences from India and China are reflected throughout Laos in its language as well as in art, literature and the performing arts.

  Music of Laos
Laotian music is dominated by its national instrument, the khaen (a type of bamboo pipe).

  Culture of Laos

Laotian music is dominated by its national instrument, the khaen (a type of bamboo pipe).

  Boun Pha Vet [ annual festival ]   -   two day Buddhist festival

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