Fall in love with Laos – the spiritual heart of Southeast Asia
Nestled in the heart of Indochina, landlocked Laos is a charming destination that often appears untroubled by the Asian development boom swirling around it.
With verdant forests, winding rivers, rugged hills, plains and plateaus, Laos is a dream destination for adventurous travelers seeking to get off the beaten track and return to nature. Intriguing cultural discoveries await around every corner, from colourful hill-tribes to ancient caves crammed with Buddhist icons, and the remote Plain of Jars, which remains one of Asia’s most mysterious landscapes.
The capital Vientiane is a delightful city where classical Lao buildings and golden temples blend seamlessly with exquisite French colonial architecture. Having visited the city’s cultural and spiritual attractions, such as the enchanting Wat Si Saket and Pha That Luang, guests can stroll along the banks of the Mekong River, which provides the perfect setting to unwind at the end of the day with a cold Beer Lao - one of the country's finest exports.
Further north, the former royal capital of Luang Prabang is a truly delightful destination. Nestled at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and winding Nam Khan rivers, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city contains an array of golden temples and historic buildings, while the colorful night market showcases an amazing array of authentic handicrafts.
Sadly, Laos was severely impacted by the politics of the 20th Century. Subjected to an unprecedented aerial bombardment during the Vietnam War, the Lao countryside is still littered with unexploded ordnance (UXO). Guests can discover more about this dark history and the on-going clearance operation by visiting charitable centers in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
With its deeply spiritual culture, welcoming people, exquisite food and laid-back culture, it is easy to fall in love with Laos.
Best Western provides a collection of modern hotels in Laos.