Laos has become for a few years a very valuable destination.
Far from typical images such as “white sand and coral sea”, this country has stayed apart from the frenetic steps to modernity of its neighbors.
Today, Laos is still a country of preserved traditions, hosting many different ethnic minorities and cultures. It shows numerous waterfalls and rivers, beautiful landscapes with primary forests inhabited by a wild life that attracts scientists from the whole planet.
Laos also keeps a permanent link to history and recent French presence, by preserving as much as possible the remaining colonial architecture in many cities.
The Southern Laos region remains quite removed from the main touristic roads.
Even if tourism in this region is developing very fast, the flow of tourist is very small compared to the northern regions.
The South of Laos will nevertheless become as developed as the North in a few years, as it offers a large variety of activities for all kind of travelers :
- the temple of Wat Phou, ancestor of Angkor (World Heritage Site since 2001)
- the fortress-temple of Phou Assa, to which you get by elephant riding or trekking,
- the Bolaven Plateau, production site of the Lao coffee and tea, fruits and vegetable, hosting more than 20 ethnic minorities in sumptuous landscapes of tropical jungle,
- the silk weaving villages,
- the Buddha statues stone carvers’ village,
- the wood carvers, following an old Oceanian tradition and culture from their ancestors,
- the 4.000 islands and the well-known Khone Phapheng waterfall,
- and plenty other local destinations, some of them being naturally attractive, the others from man’s hand.
Means of communication and transportation are now quite reliable, main roads are in good condition and connections by plane to domestic and international destinations are in rising number.