Laos Travel Guides for Backpackers

Tranquil Nature Escape in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a modest, ancient town located in the hillsides of Northen Laos. It has a strong cultural heritage and preservation for traditional textile arts which is reflected in products found in local shops and the Luang Prabang Night Markets. The Laotian people are extremely respectful, fair and family-friendly which creates a safe atmosphere for travelling. I doubt you will be hassled, robbed or ripped off. There are two main streets where you can expect to find the typical tourist amenities such as accommodation, money exchange/ATMs, supermarket, eateries, bars, markets and transport via Tuk Tuk. Although there is a […]
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Laos: Top 5 Places To Visit

When I first decided to embark on a solo travel trip to South East Asia last year, choosing Laos as the place to go and explore was a very spontaneous decision, one that left a positive impact on me. Being one of the oldest countries in South East Asia, Laos is surprisingly not well known in comparison to its surrounding neighbour Thailand. What makes Laos so special, is that it has managed to hold on to its ancient culture so very vividly. One of the key highlights I found, was the amazing hospitality of the people. It is definitely a place […]
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The Vang Vieng Free Whisky Trail

The Trail When you think about Laos all these beautiful turquoise waterfalls pop into mind, as do green valleys of rice fields and emerald lakes. However, after spending 14 days in this breathtaking country these sceneries come attached to a taste, a smell, a hangover… On this post, I will let you in the most epic bar to bar experience in Vang Vieng. Why is that? Because it is free. FREE WHISKY for everyone, no exceptions (well, except underage). So aside from the infamous Tubing experience, I am sure most have heard of, Vang Vieng has a just as crazy […]
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Laos: the Bolaven Plateau

Anyone who has been to Laos can attest to its beauty and scenic wildlife. Its cities are minimalistic compared to some of the country's neighbors like Siem Reapp and Ho Chi Minh. While this provides a nice change of pace from the rest of South East Asia, it also provides for some tough travel days on dirt roads. So why not take your mode of transportation into your own hands for a couple of days? Take a break from the bumpy bus rides and explore one of Laos’ most scenic areas by motorbike. The Bolaven Plateau is a 320 km loop departing and […]
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Living with Elephants: The Sayaboury Jungle, Laos

Getting there… I know it's not going to be an easy venture getting to Laos' one and only elephant conservation centre, which is nestled deep within the Sayaboury jungle, but I have a sneaky feeling its all going to be worth it… The bus journey from Luang Prabang should take around eleven hours, but given my previous experience with the Laoitian transport system, I know it’s best not to be too optimistic, so instead I prepare myself for the worst. Climbing on to the bus, I’m confronted by challenge number one. Imagine this: 30°c. 85% humidity. What can only be described as a shed on wheels crammed […]
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PAKSE: First and Lasting Impressions

Rare Opportunity Studying about Asian countries in grade school, I never thought that I would ever get to visit Laos.  The country never triggered any interest in me.  I even confused it with Burma and Cambodia.  Yeah, I guess I was that ignorant back then.   Years later, the opportunity to travel to Laos presented itself when I volunteered to be part of the Asia-Pacific Missions Team of the Baptist Missionary Association of the Philippines.  My specific destination in Laos, I was told, was the capital city of the biggest southern province, named Pakse. Girl on a Mission Back in 2009, […]
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LAOS: Christmas in the treetops

For most people Christmas has some sort of tradition attached to it. I am exactly like most, I have strong traditions in my family and each year Christmas tends to be much the same. But this one year I had decided to spend Christmas away from my family, across the other side of the globe, in a country where a white Christmas would be something of a miracle. I chose to spend my Christmas in LAOS. Alone.   Well not quite alone, I had booked myself onto the Treetop Explorer trip with Green Discovery tourism. At the grand old age […]
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