LAOS, The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos is located in the center of Indochina, sharing borders with China to the North 416 kilometers, Myanmar to Northwest 236 kilometers, Thailand to the West 1,835 kilometers, Cambodia to the South 492 kilometers and Vietnam to the East 1,957 kilometers.
With a total area of 236,800 square kilometers, around 70% of Laos' terrain is mountainous, reaching a maximum elevation of 2,820 meters in Xieng Khouang Province. The landscapes of northern Laos and the regions adjacent to Vietnam, in particular, are dominated by rough mountains.
The Mekong River is the main geographical feature in the west and, in fact, forms a natural border with Thailand in some areas. The Mekong flows through nearly 1,900 kilometers of Lao territory and shapes much of the lifestyle of the people of Laos. In the South the Mekong reaches a breadth of 20 kilometers, creating an area with thousands of islands.
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A charming old capital of Laos, known as a Former Kingdom of Million Elephant in the past. The town had been moved to Vientiane in 1560 as civilization came. At least 3Days needed to explore the town, old colonial of French buildings remained. Local houses are all respected to their ancestors’ tradition and Luang Prabang is the World Heritage that still kept under management by UNESCO.
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Vientiane feels more like a big town than a bustling capital city and the main pastime in Luang Prabang, by far the country's most popular tourist destination, is drinking Beer Lao at a riverside cafe and watching the monks walk by.
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The combination of these two places is a contrast of dream. Vientien : A charming, romantic, revealing and full of traditional cultures of Laos. The Plain of Jars : Amazing, mysterious with overflowing imagination.
Minimum : 2 people Tour Type : Join Duration : 3 days 2 night Rate :USD Cruise on the Mekong in a unique way. Welcome to Laos and a wonderful travel on the northern Mekong River. We offer a very comfortable Mekong cruise, a cultural journey and an opportunity to understand a bit more about life on this legendary river.
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The Vat Phou Mekong cruise proposes a 3 day / 2 night cruise that starts and finishes in Pakse, Laos. This cruise on the southern part of the Mekong river in Laos visits the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Vat Phou ruins at Champassak, the mysterious Oum Muong ruins at Huei Thamo, the 4,000 Islands with its myriad of waterways, and the Pha Pheng waterfall on the Laos - Cambodia border.
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Laan Chang and Lanna Kingdom was once ruled by the same powerful Monarch. That's why we could see a lot of sharing cultural and architecture. Lanna becomes Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and some other parts of northern Thailand now while Laan Chang turns to be Laos and some parts of north eastern Thailand. From this package you can see how linking cultural of both kingdoms be. A worthy cultural route you will be impressed.
Minimum : 2 people Tour Type : Private Duration : 21 days 20 nights Rate : USD
It's not easy to fit all the wonders of Southeast Asia into one trip, but this package makes the impossible possible. You will journey along Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia and visit ll glamourous places of each country within one package. Once in a life time tour package you should try!
Location and Terrain
The Lao P.D.R. is located in the heart of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It lies between latitude 14 to 23 degrees North and longitude 100 to 108 degrees East. It is the only Southeast Asian country without direct access to the sea, stretching North to South 1,700 kilometers.
Laos encompasses a total of 236,800 square kilometers with the terrain characterized by three distinct regions - mountains, plateaus, and plains. The mountains and plateaus make up three-quarters of the total area.
High mountains rising to an average height of 1,500 meters dominate the Northern region. The three highest mountains in the country are all located in the Phou Ane Plateau in Xieng Khouang Province. They are Phou Bia at 2,820 meters, Phou Xao at 2,690 meters and Phou Xamxum at 2,620 meters. The Phou Luang (Annamite Range) stretches from Southeast on the Phouane Plateau down to the Cambodian border; the others are the Nakai Plateau in Khammouane Province and the Bolaven Plateau in Southern Laos, which is over 1,000 meters above sea level.
The plain region consists of large and small plain areas distributed along the Mekong River. The Vientiane Plain, the largest, is situated on the lower reaches of the Nam Ngum River. The Savannakhet Plain is situated on the lower reaches of the Sebangfai River and Sebanghieng River, while the Champasack Plain on the Mekong River stretches out to the Thai and Cambodian borders. Blessed with rich and fertile soil, these plains represent one quarter of the total area known as the granaries of the country.
The Lao PDR is criss-crossed with a myriad of rivers and streams. The largest is the Mekong River, flowing for 1,898 kilometers from the North to the South, with 919 kilometers of the river forming the major portion of the border with Thailand. It is estimated that some 60% of all the water entering the Mekong River system originates in Laos. These rivers and streams provide great potential for hydropower development with 51% of the power potential in the lower Mekong basin contained within Laos.
Most of the year is hot and humid. Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The rainy season is from the beginning of May to the end of September, and the dry season is from October through April. The yearly average temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius, rising to a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius during April and May.
In Vientiane a minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius is to be expected during January. In mountainous areas, however, temperature drops to as low as 14-15 degrees Celsius during the winter months, and during cold nights, can easily reach the freezing point. The average precipitation is highest in Southern Laos, where the Annamite Mountains receive over 3,000 mm. annually. In Vientiane rainfall is about 1,500-2,000 mm., and in the Northern provinces only 1,000-1,500 mm.
The official language is Lao. Other languages used are French, English. Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese. Electricity
Electric current: 220 volts. Currency
The Kip is the official currency of the Lao PDR and the following bank
notes are currently in circulation: 500; 1,000; 2,000; 5,000; 10,000; 20,000 and 50,000 Kip.
The best currencies to use when exchanging money are: US Dollars, Euros and Thai Baht. You can exchange your currency at the bank, airport, or at a foreign currency exchange office.
Buddhism first appeared in Laos during the eighth century A.D., as shown by both the Buddha image and the stone inscription found at Ban Talat near Vientiane, now exhibited at Hor Pra keo Museum. After the foundation of the unified Kingdom of Lane Xang, King Fa Ngum (14th Century) declared Buddhism as the state religion and urged the people to abandon Animism or other beliefs such as the Cult of Spirits. His policy meant to develop the Lao culture based on a common faith: Theravada Buddhism.
Today, Theravada Buddhism is the professed religion of about 90% of Lao people. Buddhism is an inherent feature of daily life and casts a strong influence on Lao society. Lao woman can be seen each morning giving alms to monks, earning merit to lessen the number of their rebirths. It is expected that every Lao man will become a monk for at least a short time in his life.
Traditionally, men spent three months during the rainy season in a Wat (Buddhist temple). Today, however; most men curtail their stay to one or two weeks.