Traveling to Laos is to travel to the old Indochina. The Mekong river was viewed by the French as a gateway to the rich trade and resources of Southeast Asia, and the Upper Mekong and Lower Mekong are divided at the waterfalls and islands of the "Four Thousand Islands" region of South Champassak - by the border between Cambodia and Laos. The Mekong river, and its tributaries, define the landscape of Laos.
Luang Prabang is the quintessential French colonial Southeast Asian town. The virtually unspoiled fusion of Laotian and colonial architecture brought it UNESCO World Heritage status, and strict limits on development have limited the impact of the tourists who visit.
Laos: "Land of a Million Elephants"
Laos deserves much more than just a visit to Luang Prabang, however. There is almost endless scope for trekking and adventure sports - from a morning elephant ride to a waterfall for a refreshing swim before lunch, to challenging multi-day treks staying at hilltribe villages.
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Luang Prabang is the must-see of Laos. If time is limited, add this on as an extension to tours of other countries in Indochina. Typical Highlights:
Luang Prabang (and Laos in general) is a very laid back place, and an ideal spot to wind down after a busy touring itinerary
The capital city Vientiane is usually the first stop outside of Luang Prabang, either to see the main city sights or use as a base for more active adventures. Developing hotels beyond Vientiane and Luang Prabang, however, mean that the rest of Laos is not just the domain of backpackers:
Stunning scenery, a relaxed and welcoming people, great cuisine and a fascinating mix of cultures - Laos and Cambodia are perfect complementary vacation destinations
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