Laos is a lesser-known Southeast Asian country among its more well-known neighbors China, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The 49 ethnic groups that impact the country's food, arts, customs, and festivals contribute to the country's unique cultural variety.
The country is separated into three regions: north, central, and southern, each boasting rich scenery and a welcoming environment. Laos' natural forest habitat means you can witness an elephant wandering down the street or monks traversing the streets on your way to breakfast.
The best Laotian experiences are those that arise from connecting with locals and experiencing daily life in the country. These experiences could include tasting a ripe bean straight from the vine on a coffee plantation, inhaling the natural aroma of green tea in the air, or standing at the crest of Southeast Asia's tallest waterfall, the Pha Pheng. Many natural, cultural, and historical sites, as well as several UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Wat Phou Complex and the ancient town of Luang Prabang, can be visited.
The best time to visit Laos is November through February. Since boat trips are a popular way to see the spectacular Laos landscape and many waterfalls, these are the best months to enjoy them. Oftentimes boat trips are not possible during the dry season.
Plan your sightseeing in this enchanting country with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Laos.