Reasons to Visit
The Baci ceremony in Laos is an important blessing in Buddhist culture and is used to celebrate any landmark event. A traditional ceremony hosted by a Lao monk will make your trip even more memorable.
From tasting Laos`s national fiery dish of laap to tasting a fine Lao coffee on the Bolaven`s Plateau or even accepting an invite to drink the potent Lao Lao, a strange rice wine blend that will knock your socks off!
Test your bartering skills at Luang Prabang's daily market, a fantastic place to pick up some great authentic Asian souvenirs.
There are few things in Southeast Asia that can beat a beer Lao as the sunsets over the Mekong - from the riverbanks in Luang Prabang to the 4000 islands, watching the world go by at sunset is a must.
The northern part of Laos is a remote region that sees few tourists. Heading north from the Thai border towards China, the town of Luang Nam Tha is the gateway to the Nam Ha National Park, with countless opportunities to explore on foot, by kayak and on mountain bikes. A little further south you will stumble upon the picturesque area of Muang La and the dramatic valley of Nong Khiaw before arriving by road or boat at the cultural centre of Luang Prabang.
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This is a rough guide to when to travel to this region. Choose a month of travel to see typical temperature and rainfall around the country. The ticks indicate our recommended months to travel.
Allowing for slight variations between the north and south, Laos experiences three seasons.
The best time to travel is from November through to April, when the weather is warm and dry with cool nights. Temperatures begin to rise in March, with the rains usually breaking sometime in May or June. September can be very wet and short tropical downpours are a possibility on most days in October and early November.
The Mekong River is fed and feeds numerous other smaller rivers and tributaries, so it's not surprising there are a number of waterfalls to see. October is also at the end of the wet season so these waterfalls are at their most impressive.
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