Located in the middle of the Indochinese Peninsula Lao People's Democratic Republic as the only country in the region is completely cut off from the sea. It has an area of about 236 800 km 2 , most of its territory is mountainous covered with dense forests and meandering among them the Mekong separates Laos from Burma and Thailand. The local population (6.5 million people) is composed of numerous ethnic groups with distinct culture and language. The common language is Lao. Most of the inhabitants are Buddhists, although many followers, especially in the more remote regions of the country, there is still animism. Laos is a story many years of struggle in the search for national identity, but his friendship people welcome travelers. Laos is a very poor country, although the two most important urban centers, Luang Prabang and Vientiane, astonishing beauty of sacred architecture. The most valuable treasure is its untouched nature. Thousands of acres are still unexplored jungles and mountains gives shelter to the local population that lives in harmony with nature. Residents of Laos, although this communist country, they have a very deep respect for religion. It is the duty of men is to spend time in a monastery, and almost all of it fulfilling. According to tradition, every morning at sunrise the monks go on a silent journey through the streets of cities to accept food offered to the residents. The basis of Lao cuisine is sticky rice and fish caught in Mekong. Very often used galangal spices characteristic that clearly distinguishes local dishes from those reported in neighboring countries. The meals are spicy, often serving up fresh vegetables and herbs as a supplement to main dishes, and its sharpness softens coconut milk. An interesting fact is that convinced of the superiority of the bitter taste of the sweet, Lao definitely avoid sweet foods. Many dishes are prepared in the traditional deep mortar, and then gives on a low oval table. Climate In Laos climate is tropical monsoon, there are two seasons: rainy and dry. Lasting from May to October rainy season is characterized by very high humidity and exceeding 30 ° C temperature, and frequent, very heavy rainfall monsoon which may hinder the movement around the country due to impassable roads in places. The dry season coincides with the period from October to May, a marked increase in temperature is observed in March. In the dry season it varies from 15 to 40 ° C. Highest occurs in May and causes a drop in water levels, making it difficult to inland waterways. It is interesting that in December and January on higher ground in the mountainous north the temperature drops to zero. To Laos is best to choose at the end of the rainy season, but before the temperature becomes too burdensome. The most pleasant weather remains from November to February, when rainfall is low and the temperature moderate. In the mountains it is worth to set out in May or July. At higher altitudes, then there is no heat, and in the colder months of the dry season temperatures would be too low. Monsoon rains cause at right to exclude from the use of some roads, but raise the water level, making it possible to communicate rivers. Main Attractions Luang Prabang Luang Prabang is the spiritual capital of Laos. Ancient temples rub shoulders with French colonial buildings. This small peaceful town, whose streets every day in the glow of the rising sun wander in silence for long cords clad in saffron robes of monks. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered by travelers as one of the most beautiful cities in Southeast Asia. Near Luang Prabang are Kuang Si waterfalls and two carved into a limestone cliff Pak Ou caves, where thousands lie inside the gilded statues of the Buddha. Vientiane Among the temples of the capital of Laos attention the great golden That Luang Stupa, whose image appears in the national coat of arms. An interesting place is also Patuxai - Gate of Victory modeled on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Throughout the country there are plenty of villages dotting many different ethnic groups often very colorful culture. Do you like this destination? For more detailed information please contact us using the contact form or telephoning +377 97 97 43 78. Our travel consultants will be pleased to provide you with our recommendations.