Laos Travel Guide

Last updated by joyce at 2017/10/23

Laos Overview

Laos, officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is the only inland country in Southeast Asia, located in the north of Indo-China Peninsula with a total area of 236,800 square kilometers. Laos borders China to the north, Cambodia to the south, Vietnam to the east, Burma to the northwest and Thailand to the southwest. Mekong flows through the West Laos.

Laos has the forest coverage of 45%. There are many rivers flowing through Laos, in which Mekong is the most important one. Mekong, which is 1,877 kilometers long, is the boundary line between Laos and Burma and Thailand. Some important cities in Laos, such as Vientiane and Luang Prabang, are built along the river. As Laos abounds with plateaus and mountains, it has the highest average elevation on Indo-China Peninsula.

Laos enjoys a tropical and subtropical monsoon climate with the annual average temperature of 26℃ and the annual precipitation ranging from 1,250 millimeters to 3750 millimeters. It has sufficient rainfall and abundant sunshine. The dry seasons last from November to the following April and the rainy seasons are from May to October. The best time to travel to Laos is from November to the following March when the weather is nice and cool.

In recent years, Laos has cooperated with over 500 foreign tourist companies abroad, opened 11 international tourist ports and invested in tourist infrastructure construction, attracting an increasing number of tourists year by year. There are many famous scenic spots in Laos, such as Wat That in Vientiane, Jade Buddha Temple and Kouang Xi Waterfall.

In Laos, there are over 2,000 temples which were not only used as the center of religious activities, but also acted as the main place for spreading culture and education. Most of the temples are concentrated in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang used to be the place where the king lived and the center of Buddhism, in which there are many ancient temples with long history.  Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, abounds with numerous pagodas and Buddhist temples. In the ancient city Luang Prabang, there preserved the Grand Palace and over 30 temples with a very long history.