The many beautiful faces of Laos
Published 01 December 2011 in Featured Articles
Current highlights include:
- Walking tours of traditional villages surrounded by Laos’ golden temples
Jungles and Tribes
Whether you opt for a guided itinerary or plan your route yourself, you’ll find it easy to immerse yourself in the local villages, where the markets positively bombard the senses. A trek to the mountains and plateaus of Luang Namtha will reveal truly stunning scenery before meeting the Akha Puli people of the local village. The National Parks of Laos offer dozens of walking and cycling routes, and the recently discovered Nong Khiaw trail offers a trek best know as the “100 Waterfalls”.
Temples and Spirituality
Luang Prabang is home to over 30 temples and 50 monasteries. One of the best known temples in this small town, Wat Xieng Thong, was spared from destruction towards the end of the nineteenth century and is one of the few temples that has been continuously in use since it was built in 1560. Luang Prabang also contains resorts like the Zen Nam Khan, where guests can enjoy meditative and yogic retreats. Accommodation takes the form of comfortable and spacious thatched bungalows, and the palpable atmosphere of the surroundings make an ideal setting for yoga practice, broken up with walks, swimming, boat tours and elephant rides.
South Asia’s most enigmatic attraction, the Plain of Jars, resides in north east Laos. Hundreds of stone urns dot a landscape scarred by the bombings of the Vietnam war, forming a beautiful and haunting contrast between the ancient and modern. Nobody is certain why the Jars were originally created - local legend cites giant men, but archaeologists err for the more cautious theory that they were burial chambers, built to hold ancestral remains, & any treasures the departed might need in the afterlife.
Jonny Good is a writer & martial arts professional who loves scaring himself with shark encounters & travelling with his friends & family.
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