Laos Private Tours (11 itineraries)
Join in our private Laos tour packages, you will not only get a deep understanding of Laos people's present living conditions and their religion and culture, but also have a chance to explore the beautiful landscapes of the country.
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Laos Travel Guide
Basic FactsLocation: in the north of the Indo-China Peninsula in Southeast Asia
Area: 91,429 mi² (236,800 km²)
Population: more than 6.9 million up to 2015
Time Zone: UTC+7
Administrative Division: 17 provinces and one prefecture
Religions and Beliefs: Buddhism as state religion
Top Destinations & Attractions:
Vientiane: Wat Sisaket, Wat Ho Phra Keo, Pha That Luang, Patuxay Monument
Luang Prabang: Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, Mount Phousi, Alms Giving Ceremony
Vang Vieng: Tham Phu Kham Cave
Pakse: Wat Phu, Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands)
Best Time to GoGenerally November to March is the best time to visit Laos for holidays, as the weather is the most comfortable in a year with mild temperature and little rain. With tropical monsoon climate, the temperature is high whether it is in the rainy season or the dry season. May to October is the rainy season with hot and humid weather, which is not convenient for visitors. April is the hottest time there, so it is advisable that you avoid planning your Laos tours during this month.
HistoryLao's history could be traced to the Kingdom of Lan Xang from 1354 to 1707, a golden period of history. It was invaded by Siam, Vietnam and France later and became the French colony in 1893. After a series of wars, it was independent in 1945 and established the republic in 1975 with the abolition of monarchy. In the Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang, the former imperial palace, the remains of Kingdom of Lan Xang can be watched.
Laos is a Buddhist country. The prosperity of Buddhism makes the numerous temples spring up. Temples become a part of its culture. Wat Ho Phra Keo, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat That Luang are the famous temples. Luang Prabang, the center of Buddhism and UNESCO World Heritage site, is just like a book of the country's Buddhism history, where tourists can feel the power of faith.
Geographical FeaturesIn Laos, 80% of the land is mountain land and plateau with forests covered. Its north is bordered by Western Yunnan Plateau in China, the east is plateau formed by Annamite Range, and the west are basins and small pieces of plains along the Mekong River and its tributaries, therefore the north is higher than the south. The forest vegetation coverage is high, which can conserve the water resources well. With special topography and abundant water, waterfall is easy to be formed, which become a big attraction.
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