Reasons to Visit

Top 16 reasons to visit Laos in 2019 & 2020

Laos has launched a massive campaign to bring more international tourists to discover the landlocked and laid-back hidden jewel of South East Asia. With many cultural festivals and events, untouched natural beauty and memorable tour activities and experiences, there’s no better time to purchase the tickets. Set your travel goals for Laos once you’ve seen these 10 reasons to visit this captivating country.

1. Very Easy Procedures, E-Visa & On Arrival

Getting visa to Laos is never difficult, you can obtain the visa at the embassy or consulate offices in coutries have diplomatic relations with Laos or You can get visa on arrival or get E-visa through the website provided the Foreign Affairs. The practicalities of visiting Laos are set to improve in 2019, making this the perfect time to visit the country. The process of applying for visas will be vastly improved and will also include an online eVisa facility. This will make it far easier for international visitors to plan their trips to Laos, with a shorter turnaround time of receiving visas too. Visitors to Laos are projected to double by 2025, so now is the time to visit the country while you can still be one of the first among your friends to visit. 

2. Really Friendly People with Great Hospitality

We always say "People make a country", I am right? Well, Laos has some of the friendliest people in the world that you have ever met. They are kind, peaceful and genuinely love that you have come to visit their country. Furthermore, Lao people are regarded as frank, open, vcaring, polite, generous and giving. They also possess a strongly developed sense of courtesy and respect. Everyone who adheres to the latter will receive a warm welcome. Loyalty to family and friends is very important to Lao people. Come there and you will love the characters of Laos people.

3. Plain of Jars

The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape in central Laos, where thousands of stone jars can be found scattered in valleys and foothills. An awe-inspiring place to visit, researchers believe the jars are associated with prehistoric burial practices. In 2019, Laos hopes to have the Plain of Jars added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang and Wat Phu Champasak are the country’s other two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

4. Impressive Waterfalls

Laos has impressive waterfalls, like the aquamarine multi-tiered Kuang Si falls in Luang Prabang, and the raging Khone Phapheng Falls near 4000 Islands, on the Cambodia border. Swim in the basins, hike through the jungles and bask in the beauty of these natural wonders.

5. Delightful and Awesome Cuisines

You’re far more likely to find a Vietnamese or Thai restaurant in your neighbourhood, so this one might surprise you, but hear us out. Nothing in Laos is processed – everything is fresh, healthy and flavoursome. Everywhere you turn, you’ll likely stumble across mountains of fresh herbs, sticky rice, steamed fish and crunchy salads. Food porn in Laos is real.

6. It is really green, ever green

Everywhere in Laos is green and lush. Forests, rice fields, mountainsides, jungle, the huge variety of vegetables in the markets, the moss growing on ancient ruins… You can’t move without being visually assaulted by some shade of jade.

7. Massive Plains of Jars

The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape in central Laos, where thousands of stone jars can be found scattered in valleys and foothills. An awe-inspiring place to visit, researchers believe the jars are associated with prehistoric burial practices. In 2019, Laos hopes to have the Plain of Jars added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang and Wat Phu Champasak are the country’s other two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

8. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon Surrounded by Lush Village and Mountains

Just a short boat ride along the Mekong River can get you from Luang Prabang to the small town of Vang Vieng. Made up of just one straight high street, you might think it doesn’t have much to offer, but boy, are you wrong. Vang Vieng is perfect for both adventure seekers and the chill-out types. The beautiful Blue Lagoon is just a 30-minute scooter ride away from the bustling town of Van Vieng. Here, you can dive into the blue waters from one of two branches of a conveniently perched tree or take a seat on the makeshift swing. If you still have the energy for some more activities, you can have a go at the site’s volleyball net, try your hand at rock climbing or hire a dune buggy and explore the idyllic jungle backdrop.

9. Very well-preserved and beautiful Wats

Laos is a majority Buddhist nation, and you can’t get very far without running into an intricately painted temple or wat. Some of the most ornate temples are in Luang Prabang, the former royal capital. Historic temples like That Luang and Wat Si Saket can be found in Vientiane. If you travel to Champasak Province in southern Laos, Vat Phou (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is worth a visit. The ancient Khmer temple ruins attracts thousands in the middle of the third lunar month for traditional dancing, sporting events and music.

10. Very Colorful Hill Tribes

Visiting ethnic minority villages is a fascinating experience, it’s an opportunity to observe and know about the culture of the ethnic minorities. The northern provinces of Bokeo, Luang Namtha and Pongsali have the most diverse collection of ethnic minority. There are 49 minority ethnic groups in Laos belonging to four ethno-linguistic families. Laos is an astonishing fount of ethnic diversity and indigenous knowledge, one reason of the main reasons why visiting the country provides unusual experience.

11. Inexpensive Food and Drinks

When we say Laos is cheap, we mean it packs far less of a hit to the hip pocket compared to your travels through Europe, America, South America and Australia - though by SE Asia standards of cheap, it’s a bit more expensive than its neighbours. Importantly though, Beerlao is cheap; like $1 per 500ml cheap. Of course there are some fancy restaurants and lodges that offer upmarket prices. 

12. Bokeo Nature Reserve & Gibbon Experience

The Bokeo Nature Reserve was created to protect its population of the black-cheeked gibbon, rediscovered in 1997, which was previously thought to be extinct. A visit to Bokeo Nature Reserve is not complete without a stay at the Gibbon Experience, an eco tourism conservation project. Guests stay in tree houses and travel by zip line through the forests in search of the Black Gibbon. Besides the elusive black gibbon, visitors to the reserve may also see elephants, bears, tigers and wild buffalo. The Gibbon Experience also works to rehabilitate and return to the wild animals that were captured by poachers. With mountains ranging from 1,600 to almost 5,000 feet in altitude, the reserve also is a good place to watch birds. Check the tour here

13. No Crowds

Due to many travellers choosing not to come to Laos and Southeast Asia during this season, you will benefit by experiencing hardly any crowds! For instance, you will almost have the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang all to yourself! Want to venture out to the Plain of Jars? You will get that picturesque photo with hardly any travellers around! This provides a richer cultural experience, where you will be able to connect more with locals — who are even more friendly this time of year.

14. Untouched Wilderness

The true extent of the biodiversity in Laos is unknown to the point that scientists discovered a new species of flying mammal in 2012. This isn’t all that surprising. Laos’ forests, despite suffering severe degradation over the last several decades (forest cover declined almost 10% in the last 20 years) still cover huge swathes of the country. Much of it remains largely unexplored. And while a monotonous steamy jungle might hold little appeal, this forest hangs among the undulating foggy mountains of northern Laos and the astonishing karst formations near the center of the country. The 100 Waterfalls Trek provides a short introduction to the wonders Laos has to offer.

15. Visit Elephant Sanctuary

Luang Prabang has a number of elephant camps. If you have time, please to visit one of the ethnical elephant sanctuary. It wil be mesmerizing experience for you. On the visit, you will explore the mysterious beauty of the Lao jungle with our recently rescued elephants as your companions. This journey is a perfect way for these happy elephants to enjoy a walk in their natural habitat after decades of hard labor in logging camps. It also offers you a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn from and absorb their calming energy. 

16. Sunset Over Mekong River

When the day’s light is dimming, you’ll find the Lao out in force. This is the best time to indulge in the delicious beer, Beerlao, and you’ll find many Lao gathered on tiny plastic stools drinking the ubiquitous beverage over ice. Linger for a moment and chances are you’ll be invited to join—the Lao are not called “Asia’s friendliest people” for nothing. Since most folks in Laos have settled along the Mekong and its tributaries, the riverbank is the natural choice setting for the best daily light show on the planet, and a great place to watch the day flow into night.