Laos

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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
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 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
  • 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
2014
  • Fotoboek die Welt erleben Thailand - Laos - Kambodscha (Cambodja) | Bruckmann
  • Mooi fotoboek met foto's van zowel de cultuur en steden als van de natuur in het land. Vrij veel begeleidende tekst in het Duits, maar de foto's overheersen op een goede manier. Leuk om vooraf en achteraf te genieten! Traumhafte Lagunen, das Meer und strahlend weißer Sand bilden die Kulisse für Thailands unvergleichliche Kultur. Von Bangkok bis... 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
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
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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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Insight Guides
  • Southeast Asia is a firm favorite on the long-haul travel trail, thanks to its unrivaled range of amazing experiences and unforgettable sights – from the northern hills of Thailand to the dragons of Komodo, frenetic Manila to laid-back Vientiane, the sands of Ko Samui to Balinese temples and the ruins of Angkor. And traveling around the region... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Insight Guides
  • Southeast Asia is a firm favorite on the long-haul travel trail, thanks to its unrivaled range of amazing experiences and unforgettable sights – from the northern hills of Thailand to the dragons of Komodo, frenetic Manila to laid-back Vientiane, the sands of Ko Samui to Balinese temples and the ruins of Angkor. And traveling around the region... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Cambodja & Laos | Unieboek
  • Capitool Cambodja & Laos: de ideale reisgids voor jouw reis naar Cambodja & Laos Het is de luxe reisgids voor levensgenieters Met een zorgvuldig samengestelde inhoud van zeer hoge kwaliteit Met vele schitterende foto’s en illustraties Bestand tegen intensief gebruik, voor, tijdens en na je reis En de gids die je nog lang zult bewaren samen met... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Vogelgids Pocket Photo Guide Birds of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos | Bloomsbury
  • Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are becoming increasingly popular with all kinds of visitors, not least birdwatchers who can visit many national parks and reserves harbouring a bounty of amazing species. The three countries are home to about 1,000 species of birds including such rarities as Bengal Florican, Giant Ibis, Green Peafowl and Vietnamese... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Cambodia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Cambodia Adventure Map is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Cambodia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Cambodia Adventure Map is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Short Ride in the Jungle
  • The Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the greatest feats of military engineering in history. But since the end of the Vietnam War much of this vast transport network has been reclaimed by jungle, while remaining sections are littered with a deadly legacy of unexploded bombs. For Antonia, a veteran of ridiculous adventures in unfeasible vehicles, the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • A Short Ride in the Jungle
  • The Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the greatest feats of military engineering in history. But since the end of the Vietnam War much of this vast transport network has been reclaimed by jungle, while remaining sections are littered with a deadly legacy of unexploded bombs. For Antonia, a veteran of ridiculous adventures in unfeasible vehicles, the... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planet Reiseführer Laos
  • Mit dem Lonely Planet Laos auf eigene Faust durch ein Land voller Faszination und Geschichte! Etliche Monate Recherche stecken im Kultreiseführer für Individualreisende. Auf mehr als 350 Seiten geben die Autoren sachkundige Hintergrundinfos zum Reiseland, liefern Tipps und Infos für die Planung der Reise, beschreiben alle interessanten... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Dominicus Laos | Gottmer
  • Rijk geillustreerde gids met nadruk op historische en culturele hoogtepunten. Daarnaast nog veel besprekingen van toeristische plaatsen. Zonder meer een complete gids, met veel foto’s is het een lust voor het oog. Laos ligt op het schiereiland Indo-China en is het enige land in Zuidoost-Azië dat geheel door andere landen wordt omsloten, te... Read more
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Maps

Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Kontinentalkarte Thailand, Vietnam 1:2 500 000
  • 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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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • 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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