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Laos

Laos

Etymology

The English word Laos was coined by the French, who united the three Lao kingdoms in French Indochina in 1893, and named the country as the plural of the dominant and most common ethnic group, which are the Lao people. (In French, the final “s” at the end of a word is usually silent, thus it would be pronounced “Lao”). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Heartbeat Pub – Pub in Vientane, Laos. [facebook]

Phoenix Night Club – Dance & Night Club in Vientiane, Laos. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Date in Asia – Free Dating Service and Personals. Meet Single Girls in Laos Online today. [date in asia]

Laos Dating – Though landlocked and mountainous, Laos is a real captivation for many travellers who are drawn to this beautiful country by the scenic natural attractions, well preserved culture and laid-back lifestyle. The girls are a wonder as well and a visit to this part of the world by men always turns out to be a trip back in time. As the country opens up fast to the rest of the world, Laos Dating is already doing what it does best; connecting singles. [laos.dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Backyard Travel – Vientiane is among the smallest — and quite possibly the most laid-back — of the world’s capital cities. While the colorful frenzy of its morning markets and stately architecture attest to its role as the country’s capital, the pace of life in Vientiane is more reminiscent of a large village. Here you can appreciate the details: melt into its lulling bougainvillea-lined streets, sip delicious local coffees in sidewalk cafes, take in the slow sunset over the Mekong riverbank. [backyard travel]

Green Discovery Laos – Although Vientiane is the capital of Laos, during the trek in the surrounding area you can immerse in nature, enjoy wildlife observation and camp in the forest. Enjoy great scenery and beautiful waterfalls in the National Protected Area of Phou Khao Khouay or trek through lush forest and explore the beautiful orchids. [green discovery laos]

Tour in Vientiane – We has been proudly formed and operated by an enthusiastic group of tour leaders in Hanoi. With over 10 years in the industry, bountiful energy and enthusiasm we are doing our best to bring you unique tours from Vientiane, bring you new experiences, new values. [tour in vientiane]

Tours by Locals – Welcome to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Sitting alongside the Mekong River and dotted with crumbling French mansions and humble noodle stalls, this is an excellent city to begin to understand this friendly south-east Asian nation. A local guide is waiting to show you around their hometown and teach you something about Laotian culture on a private Vientiane tour. [tours by locals]

Travel Fish – Vientiane is quite likely to be one of the smallest capital cities you’ll visit in Asia and while it won’t have the flash or buzz of Bangkok or Hanoi, it does have its own charms and yields surprises to those who spend a little time exploring. If you only have two days, here’s what we suggest you do. [travel fish]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bokeo – Bokeo is a peaceful rural province in northwestern Laos. Rich in natural resources with hilly mountains, tropical forest and farmland, Bokeo is also home to many ethnic groups who still preserve their traditional lifestyles and culture. [visit-laos]

Bolaven Plateau and Tad Fane Waterfall – Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is famous for its great scenery, ethnic villages and unexplored corners. It’s probably best known for being home to some of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular waterfalls including Tad Fane and Dong Hua Sao. The plateau’s elevation ranges approximately from 1,000 to 1,350 metres above sea level. [visit-laos]

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) – Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is a famous park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. It was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism. This is why his park is full not only of Buddha images but also of Hindu gods as well as demons. [visit-laos]

Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in northern Laos, is an important yet charming little town that ranks among the top must-visit destinations in the country. It features former royal palaces and more than 30 temples, old French colonial architecture as well as beautiful natural sites. [visit-laos]

That Ing Hang Stupa – That Ing Hang Stupa is about nine metres high with beautiful carving and decoration. It’s reported to house a relic of Buddha’s spine. The 16th century stupa is located in Savannakhet, Central Laos. Savannakhet itself is famous as the birthplace of Laos’ popular former leader, Kaysone Phomvihane. [visit-laos]

That Luang – That Luang, or the Great Stupa, in Vientiane is a national symbol (on Laos’ official seal) and also the most sacred monument in the country. From the outside That Luang looks more like a fortress surrounded by high walls and it features two temples with the main stupa, the top of which is covered with gold leaf, standing 148 feet tall. [visit-laos]

The Plain of Jars – The Plain of Jars is considered the most distinctive and enigmatic of all Laos attractions. The large area around Phonsavan, the main city of Xieng Khouang Province is dotted with stone jars but no one has a clear idea as to why they are there. The mysterious jars were carved from both sandstone and granite in various sizes. [visit-laos]

Vang Vieng – Vang Vieng is simply a piece of heaven on earth that has attracted many world travelers for years, especially young backpackers. Surrounded by great mountains, rivers, limestone cliffs and rice fields, this small and scenic town offers a long list of interesting attractions. The Nam Song River is where you will witness the infamous ‘tubing’. [visit-laos]

Wat Phu – Wat Phu (meaning ‘mountain temple’), is situated on a hillside and offers stunning views over the surrounding land and Mekong River. Visitors who appreciate art and history will be amazed by the magnificent workmanship in this ruined Khmer temple complex in the form of temple pillars, barays, lintels, pediments and more. [visit-laos]

Wat Si Saket – Wat Si Saket located in Vientiane is famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images and rows with hundreds of seated Buddhas. These images mainly date from the 16th and 19th centuries and come in all sizes and are made from wood, stone and bronze – more than 6,800 Buddhas in total. [visit-laos]

Festivals

Festivals

Boat Races – Usually at the end of October, the Boat Races on the Mekong River in Vientiane take place at the same time as the Buddhist Ok Phansa festival. Lao people will dress up in their best traditional costumes and got to temples to make sacrifices. [iexplore]

Boun Khao Padabdin – An important religious festival in Luang Prabang, Boun Khao Padabdin sees Lao people visit the temples to honoring dead ancestors with offerings. Taking place in September every year, it’s also a major attraction for visitors as it includes the famous dragon boat races on the Nam Khan River. [iexplore]

Handicraft Festival – The best venue to see a wide range of handicrafts, this annual event is held at the ITECC convention center in Vientiane in November. It’s a great place to see a range of goods and gifts all in one place to do your souvenir shopping. [iexplore]

Hmong New Year – This celebration usually takes place in early December and is a colorful display of traditional Hmong costumes. Visitors can see the playing of traditional music, ox races, top spinning, and teenagers play a ball toss game – a kind of match-making ceremony. There are great photo opportunities in Xiengkong or Udomxay. [iexplore]

Lao New Year (Boun Pi Mai) – Lao New Year is celebrated under the Buddhist calendar and takes place annually around April. This is an important celebration for the Lao people with colorful parades and visits to the wats (temples) to give offerings. Similar to the Thai New Year, throwing water has become popular so expect to get wet! [iexplore]

Naga Fireballs – Also called Mekong lights, there is an ancient belief that fireballs can be seen flying out of the Mekong River once a year in the Bolikhamxay province. Thousands of Lao and Thais attempt to see the sight in late October, which do not always materialize. It is almost impossible to find accommodation during this festival, so bring your own tent and sleeping bag. [iexplore]

Rocket Festival – Taking place during the dry season in May, the Rocket Festival is a call for rain. This celebration takes place nationwide, with people heading out to rural areas to launch home-made rockets. There are many contests for projectiles that fly the furthest. [iexplore]

Tat Luang Festival – Considered to be one of the biggest festivals in Vientiane, the Tat Luang Festival attracts Lao people from all over the country to the main temple in the capital. This three-day event takes place in November during the full moon. Market stalls, food vendors and amusement rides are set-up all around Tat Luang in celebration. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Vientiane is the only city with a network of local buses, though, with the exception of a few key recommended routes, they’re not much use to travellers. [lonely planet]

Sorngtaaou, Jumbo, Sahm-Lor, Sakai-laep & Tuk-tuk – The various pick-ups and three-wheeled taxis found in Vientiane and provincial capitals have different names depending on where you are. Largest are the sorngtaaou, which double as buses in some areas and as local buses around bigger towns. Larger three-wheelers are called jąmbǫh (jumbo) and can hold four to six passengers on two facing seats. In Vientiane they are sometimes called tuk-tuks as in Thailand (though traditionally in Laos this refers to a slightly larger vehicle than the jumbo). These three-wheeled conveyances are also labelled simply taak-see (taxi) or, usually for motorcycle sidecar-style vehicles, sahm-lor (three-wheels). The old-style bicycle sahm-lor (pedicab), known as a cyclo elsewhere in Indochina, is an endangered species in Laos. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Vientiane has a handful of taxis that are used by foreign business people and the occasional tourist, while in other cities a taxi of sorts can be arranged. They can be hired by the trip, by the hour or by the day. Typical all-day hire within a town or city costs between US$35 and US$50, subject to negotiations. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Immolaos (Professional Real Estate Agency in LAOS) – Real Estate in Vientiane, Laos. [facebook]

KPMG Laos – We are one of the largest professional service firms in the Lao PDR. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Laos Language, Culture, and Travel Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in language exchange, culture exchange, traveling, photography, and all things international. Everyone is welcome. I started this meetup group to meet other people interested in the topics mentioned above! This group and our meetings are completly free to join! [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

Places in Laos

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