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Taking Care - Northern Laos

Taking Care - Northern Laos

Darrin James

If you're looking for a hassle-free tourist destination, experience Laos in all its majestic beauty. Natural in almost every aspect, Laos is one of Southeast Asia's least developed nations offering the adventurous tourist a land of many surprises.

Laos, also known as the Land of a Million Elephants, is a culturally rich, land-locked country with a population of about 6 million. The Laotians are predominantly Buddhist and are very friendly and hospitable people. The official language is Lao. French and English are also widely spoken. The capital city, Vientiane, skirts the Mekong River, which forms the border between Laos and Thailand.

Embrace this wonderful opportunity to experience this untouched culture. In Vientiane, you visit Hophrakeo, Wat Si Saket, Patousay (the Arc of Triumph) and That Luang Stupa. You also have time at the end of the trip to see the National Cultural Ethnic Park, Friendship Bridge and Buddha Park. Also, don't miss the Morning Market where you can buy anything from local handicrafts to MP3 players and traditional medicine.

In Luang Prabang, you enjoy trips to Wat Phousy on top of the hill overlooking the Mekong River. You also get to experience the Wat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple. Since 1995 Luang Prabang has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City.

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