Southeast Asia on a Shoestring - Laos (Chapter)
This is the Laos chapter from Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on a Shoestring guidebook.
The ‘Land of a Million Elephants’ oozes magic from the moment you spot a Hmong tribeswoman, trek through rice paddies or hear the call of the endangered gibbon. ‘Old World’ affordable refinement is everywhere, especially in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
- experience Luang Prabang, the ancient city of temples that has it all: royal history, Indochinese chic, colourful monks, waterfalls, stunning river views and world-class French cuisine
- take a boat ride through exhilaratingly spooky Tham Kong Lo, a 7.5km cave home to fist-sized spiders and stalactite woods
- trek and zip across the forest by day at the Gibbon Experience, guided by ex-poachers turned forest rangers, and sleep in cosy treehouses at night
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw, Muang Ngoi Neua, Phonsavan, Plain of Jars, Sam Neua, Vieng Xai, Udomxai, Luang Namtha, Huay Xai, Route 8 to Lak Sao, Tha Khaek & around, Savannakhet, Pakse, Champasak, Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), Understand Laos, Laos Today, History, People & Culture, Food & Drink, Environment, Survival Guide.
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