LAOS, kingdom of million elephants
Lao PDR, or “Please Don’t Rush” is such a funny but a right way to describe the life in Laos. There, the atmosphere is very different compared to its neighboring countries of China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Troubled by the past two Indochina wars, Laos appears to be isolated from the rest of the world. This land lives in slow-motion, where locals seem to become one with the tranquil and wild nature and not to pay attention to the hours passing by.
Happiness counts more than anything else there and the Lao people enjoy the present as if it was the last moment of their life. The fauna is certainly the most abundant of Asia, far from the architectural changes of modernity. The country is enchanted by the underground river caves and the jungle, and charms us with its karst mountains. The spin of those lands is situated in the Mekong Delta where as you take a ride on the river, you will be captivated by the beautiful landscapes. You will also find your happiness in spending time to relax on Vang Vieng, a very peaceful town by the Mekong River.
However, the richness of this land is also found in its people. Laos has indeed one of the most diversified ethnic groups in Asia. From the Hmong people in the North to the Kahu and Alak ethnic minorities, each of them owns their fascinating traditions. Lao people truly respect their customs and as the Wat are an important element in their life, all the locals have a temple in their village. Theradava Buddhism gives rhythm to the daily life of these locals, generous and humble by nature.
The Lao culture is also colorful and captivating with the popular theater of Mo Lam and the majestic Ramanaya ballet where dancers give a special performance during the New Year. Due to the years of colonization, the French influence is still anchored in Lao cuisine – importing the infamous “baguette” – architecture and culture. Laos will certainly make you become real foodies and explorers as you follow the flavors of the succulent Lao specialties and discover the impressive places of this land. From the golden That Luang of Vientiane to the great monastery of Wat Mai in Luang Prabang, Laos has many exciting treasures to show you. Off the beaten tracks, from the amazing nature of Vang Vieng with its waterfalls and green paddy fields, to the surprising UNESCO World Heritage of the Plains of Jars in Phonsavan, as well as the architectural site of Wat Phou - the most fabulous legacy of Khmer civilization in this land – your feet will continuously take you to unique discoveries