The south-east Asian country of Laos is covered in thickly forested landscape punctuated by rocky mountains, jagged limestone cliffs and some plateaus. The landlocked nation combines some of the best elements of its neighbours where travellers relax and the locals are both welcoming and keen to interact.
Laos boasts picturesque views in virtually every direction but if you’re after a more sensational view, climb Mount Phaosi and take in panoramas across the Mekong and Khan rivers. For those collecting breathtaking views, Kuang Si Falls are truly a sight to behold. The three-tiered waterfall boasts a collection of vivid turquoise pools at its base and most of the pools are open to swimming.
Lao cuisine has variations from one region to another but spicy soup and sticky rice are culinary offering shared by all. For a quick snack, Kaipen is a popular from the north; paper-thin sheets of seaweed seasoned with sesame seeds and dried in the sun. For something a little more substantial, any visit to the country simply wouldn’t be complete without trying the national dish, Laap – a meat-based salad flavoured with lime, garlic mint leaves and spring onion. Just don’t forget your sticky rice on the side. View more trips to Laos.
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When to go: The dry season in Laos runs from October to April, and the wet season from May until September, with heavy rainfall particularly between July & September. The hottest months of the year are generally March, April, May & June when temperatures hit the mid-30°C’s.