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Luang Prabang
Laos

The word that comes to mind when describing Laos is authentic. Laos is a destination where verdant paddy fields are dotted with rickety stilt houses, whose occupants still observe traditions that are being fast forwarded into oblivion in other parts of Asia. 

Laos is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in S.E. Asia, and its people are welcoming to travelers.  Up north, the self-sufficient Hmong people live simply in remote mountain villages. In the south, traditional tattoos can still be seen on the faces of the Kahu and Alak villagers. 

Vientiane, Laos capital, is decorated with French-colonial architecture and Buddhist temples alike, and moves at a pace that can best be described as languid.  Located on the Mekong River, Vientiane rewards its visitors with balmy afternoons whiled away savoring rich coffee and French pastries at cafes, surprisingly affordable spa services, and wide, tree-lined avenues to saunter along. 

In vibrant Luang Prabang, travelers are delighted at the sight of hundreds of saffron-robed monks walking through the streets every morning, their bowls held out to receive alms.

Laos’ mountains are covered with tea plantations, rice fields and dense jungle.  Mountain treks are a popular way to explore Laos, and village homestays are the best way to appreciate this calm , authentic country.  Adrenaline addicts pepper their stay with ziplining and rock climbing. Wildlife enthusiasts see elephants and gibbons.  Culture seekers explore temples, and foodies can choose between French and Laotian cuisine, or a delightful fusion of both.

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