Laos

Description

Laos

Squeezed in between Thailand and Vietnam is the landlocked country of Laos. Main feature of Laos is the Mekong River. The Mekong enters Laos from China in the north, forms most of its western border with Burma and Thailand, and then leaves Laos in the south to enter Cambodia. Away from the Mekong, Laos is a largely mountaineous country of steep hills, rugged ranges and narrow valleys covered in jungle. No easy terrain to travel around, even on foot, so transportation by boat of goods and people on the Mekong and its tributaries has always been very important to the Laotians. Still today, roads into the interior are few and often in a bad state during the rainy season. As a result the hills and mountains of Laos are by definition remote and sparsely populated by a myriad of hill tribes displaying astounding ethnolinguistic diversity. Highest mountains are found in the northern half of Laos, and in the Annamite Mountain Range running north-south to form the eastern border with Vietnam.

In recent years, numerous community-based trekking possibilities have sprung up across Laos, focusing on experiencing nature and meeting ethnic minorities. Local guides will lead you across the fields into the tropical jungles and mountains from one village to the next, sometimes camping out, wading through rivers and involving an occasional steep climb. Popular starting point for 2- and 3-day treks are the northern towns of Luang Namtha, Udomxay and Phongsali. Hiking is possible in Xiengkhouang province, including the mysterious ancient Plain of Jars. Further south there are some nice trekking options in National Protected Areas (NPA's) in the province of Savannakhet, and in Champasak and Attapeu, both on the border with Cambodia. To get started, just take a look at the Ecotourism Laos website for inspiration and details.

Best time to go hiking is during the dry season, roughly from November till April, although it can get stiflingly hot in March and April in the lower regions. During the monsoon rains, getting around is a muddy affair or even impossible.

Trails

Regions

Mountains

Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Laos | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Lonely Planet A land of the lotus eaters amid the bloated development... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Rough Guide to Laos
  • The indispensible Rough Guide to Laos is the definitive guide to this fascinating Southeast Asian country, taking you from the remote mountainous north to the sleepy south. It's packed with detailed, lively reviews of accommodation and restaurants to suit all budgets, plus practical information on things like border crossings and road and river... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Rough Guide to Laos
  • The indispensible Rough Guide to Laos is the definitive guide to this fascinating Southeast Asian country, taking you from the remote mountainous north to the sleepy south. It's packed with detailed, lively reviews of accommodation and restaurants to suit all budgets, plus practical information on things like border crossings and road and river... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Rough Guide to Laos
  • This guide features detailed coverage of the sights of Laos from the Buddhist temples of Louang Phabang to the French colonial architecture of Vientiane and the mysterious Khmer ruins at Wat Phou. There are detailed listings of the best places to eat and stay, as well as incisive articles on the history of Laos, its religion, arts, peoples and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Rough Guide to Laos
  • This guide features detailed coverage of the sights of Laos from the Buddhist temples of Louang Phabang to the French colonial architecture of Vientiane and the mysterious Khmer ruins at Wat Phou. There are detailed listings of the best places to eat and stay, as well as incisive articles on the history of Laos, its religion, arts, peoples and... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids ANWB Wereldreisgids Laos - Cambodja | ANWB Media
  • De ANWB Wereldreisgids is een praktische reisgids voor de individuele reiziger met interesse voor bezienswaardigheden, de achtergronden van een land en haar bevolking. De heldere opbouw, prachtige foto's en goede plattegronden spreken elke reiziger aan. Behalve praktische informatie over adressen en prijzen van hotels en restaurants,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Laos & Cambodia - Cambodja | Insight Guides
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Door het formaat en gewicht niet zo zeer om mee te nemen, als wel om thuis voor en na de reis uitgebreid te lezen. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! Engels. Laos and Cambodia maintain a formidable allure for travellers - thoughts of paradise beaches and ancient temples are enough... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Laos
  • Welcome to Laos, Southeast Asia's best-kept secret. Now choose your adventure: follow the path of the mighty Mekong River through remote and pristine wilderness, marvel at mysterious ancient relics at the Plain of Jars, or head to the hills to experience the unique culture of a highland village. Whatever your Laos inclination, it's all here,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Laos
  • Welcome to Laos, Southeast Asia's best-kept secret. Now choose your adventure: follow the path of the mighty Mekong River through remote and pristine wilderness, marvel at mysterious ancient relics at the Plain of Jars, or head to the hills to experience the unique culture of a highland village. Whatever your Laos inclination, it's all here,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Fodor's Thailand
  • Fodor s correspondents highlight the best of the region, including Thailand's beaches, Myanmar s sacred stupas, Cambodia s temples, and mountain treks in Laos. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it s your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Chiang Mai to Angkor Wat ... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Fodor's Thailand
  • Fodor s correspondents highlight the best of the region, including Thailand's beaches, Myanmar s sacred stupas, Cambodia s temples, and mountain treks in Laos. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it s your first trip or your fifth. MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Chiang Mai to Angkor Wat ... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Handbook Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos | Footprint
  • Zo mogelijk nog betere gids dan de Lonely Planet. Vol met de praktische informatie over reizen, slapen etc. Goede verwijzingen naar websites en veel mailadressen. Zelfde soort informatie als de Lonely Planet, diepgaander met vooral meer tips in de minder bekende gebieden. With stunning scenery, colonial remnants, fascinating ruins and exotic... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. De reisgids beschrijft naast Vietnam, Cambodja en Laos ook nog het noorden van... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • And There I Was Volume II
  • This is the second of nine journeys in the "And There I Was" series. In 1991, through a chance meeting in Bangkok with an old CIA station chief and his retired French army counterpart, expeditions were arranged into Cambodia and Laos, both still reeling fifteen years on from the devastating effects of war and genocide. The author's route took... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • And There I Was Volume II
  • This is the second of nine journeys in the "And There I Was" series. In 1991, through a chance meeting in Bangkok with an old CIA station chief and his retired French army counterpart, expeditions were arranged into Cambodia and Laos, both still reeling fifteen years on from the devastating effects of war and genocide. The author's route took... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids Culture Shock! Laos | Marshall Cavendish
  • The CultureShock! series is a dynamic and indispensable range of guides for those travellers who are looking to truly understand the countries they are visiting. Each title explains the customs, traditions, social and business etiquette in a lively and informative style. CultureShock! authors, all of whom have experienced the joys and pitfalls... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Insight Guide Laos en Camboja | Cambium
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau, zeer informatief. Nederlands Beide landen hebben de moderne ontdekkingsreiziger veel te bieden, waaronder een verbluffend mooie natuur, een rijke cultuur en een vriendelijke en gastvrije bevolking, die sterk afhankelijkheid is van de machtige... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Rough Guide - Laos
  • This in-depth coverage of Laos's attractions, sights, and restaurants takes you to the most rewarding spots—from the historic streets of Luang Prabang, to seeing Pha That Luang in Vientiane or the Plain of Jars in the northeast, to hiking and exploring Vang Vieng—and stunning color photography brings the nation to life.The locally based Rough... Read more
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
  • Bol.com, Belgium
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Laos | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Uitputtende bron van informatie, veelal nog completer dan de Lonely Planet. Inleidende informatie over land en cultuur is zeer goed. Discover Laos with the most incisive and... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Rough Guide - Laos
  • This in-depth coverage of Laos's attractions, sights, and restaurants takes you to the most rewarding spots—from the historic streets of Luang Prabang, to seeing Pha That Luang in Vientiane or the Plain of Jars in the northeast, to hiking and exploring Vang Vieng—and stunning color photography brings the nation to life.The locally based Rough... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Backpacker Business
  • Written on chicken buses, trains, boats and in beach bars all across Southeast Asia, this is the story of how a 23-year old English backpacker set up the first print magazine for independent travellers in Southeast Asia.From inexperienced backpacker in Nepal to established publisher in Thailand, via business deals in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,... Read more
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
» Click to open
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Backpacker Business
  • Written on chicken buses, trains, boats and in beach bars all across Southeast Asia, this is the story of how a 23-year old English backpacker set up the first print magazine for independent travellers in Southeast Asia.From inexperienced backpacker in Nepal to established publisher in Thailand, via business deals in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,... Read more
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Maps

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  • Entdecken Sie mit dieser MARCO POLO Karte das Land des Lächelns . . . Die Karten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare, neue Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Highlightsternen gekennzeichnet und... Read more
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  • Laos - Fietsreis
  • Laos is een land vol natuurlijke schoonheid en met een zeer ontspannen levenstempo. Deze fietsvakantie voert je door een werkelijk adembenemend landschap. Smalle wegen banen zich een weg door de weelderige begroeiing op berghellingen en dwars door bamboebossen. Peddel langs glinsterende rijstvelden en meanderende rivieren. Voor we het prachtige... Read more
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