Backpacking Laos Travel Guide – Explore this country where time has stood still

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Where time has stood still Laos is ideal for backpackers whether you are travelling for an adventure or just for an escape from it all.

Luang Prabang

Whichever direction you opt to explore, Luang Prabang is a rite of passage for all backpackers. Enter the province by taking the slow boat from Thailand and spend half a day exploring this historical UNESCO preservation zone by foot. Climb mount Phousi and watch the sun spilling through the ancient town during sunrise. For those planning to stay in a hotel in Luang Prabang close to the mountain check out Avani+ Luang Prabang which is about a half a mile walk, and less than 20 mins away on foot.

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Vang Vien

The Mekong cuts across the peninsula yet Vang Vien is the ideal location for different water activities. Go lazy tubing with a drink in your hand or better yet kayaking down the river and explore the limestone caves.

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The Gibbon Experience

Labelled as a “childhood fantasy with a serious purpose” take part in this experience and contribute to the conservation of the forests. Trek your way through the jungle, search for waterfalls, go ziplining or laze away in a treehouse 23 metres off the ground. Quite otherworldly, this experience brings you closer to mother nature.


Don’t miss out on the nation’s capital with its French colonial influence and the multifarious Buddhist temples. End your stay by going to the ever-serene Buddha Park which as the name suggests is a park of Buddha Statues.

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Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

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