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Geography

 

GEOGRAPHY

Laos Geography shows that located in the Southeast Asian peninsula Laos covers 236,800 square kilometers. 230,800 sq km is consisted of land and 6,000 sq km is water. The Geographic coordinates of Laos are 18 00 N, 105 00 E.
The neighboring countries are Burma, China, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

According to Laos Geography the country is mainly consisted of plateau and mountains. Mekong River constitutes the western border. Vientiane, the present capital and Luang Prabang the former capital s situated on the bank of River Mekong. Tropical and subtropical species can be found. The rich vegetation helps the country's economic growth as well. Most of the part of Laos is still covered with forest.

Natural resources like timber, hydro power, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones come under the geography of Laos. The country enjoys tropical monsoon with a rainy season from May to November and Dry Season from December to April. Floods and droughts are common to Laos. Geography in Laos is such that it is a completely landlocked country with no direct access to the sea.

 

VIENTIANE

Vientiane, the Capital of Laos is divided into units such as provinces, prefectures and city. This early river-valley fiefdom is located on a bend in the Mekong River.
Because of the fertile alluvial plain the settlers chose this place. A fragile sovereignty was enjoyed by Vientiane in its early days.

Capital of Laos was controlled by Burmese, Siamese, Vietnamese and Khmer at different point of time. In the 14th century Lan Xang kingdom was established by the Khmer. Originally it was centered in Muang Sawa but the capital was moved to Vientiane in the 16th century. It was named the capital in the late 19th and early 20th century when the country became a French protectorate.

Laos's capital is actually pronounced "Wieng Chan". Wieng means "city or place with walls' in Lao and Chan means either 'sandalwood or moon". Therefore Vientiane is known as Sandalwood City or Moon City.The image of exotic Eurasian setting can be found here, which is one of the three classic Indochinese cities. These images are the integrated part of the city. Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, US, soviet influences all are at work in Vientiane.

Vientiane is the largest city of Laos but it is not tough to get to know this small city. The older section of the town along the Mekong river is really attractive with is living history. Passing traffic can not overshadow the atmosphere of timelessness that is generated by the tree-lined boulevards and old temples. Vientiane is also the place where you can experience the vibrant culture of Laos.

LUANG PRABANG

Luang Prabang is an important city of Laos and it's the UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1995. Luang Prabang Laos is an ancient royal city and it's situated at the junction in between of Mekong and its tributary.
The magical city of Luang Prabang is becoming more gorgeous by the new building formations laid by the UNESCO Plan. Luang Prabang Laos is a small city and almost everything can be reached by foot as the convenient options are walking or bicycling throughout the city. The travelers can enjoy a slow boats drive as they are available between Vientiane and Luang Prabang and also between Luang Prabang and Houay Xai.

Luang Prabang Tourism is getting popularity asLuang Prabang has dozens of temples and equal amount of other religious sites. Walking is the best option to visit these sites and the main concentration of temples is in the old quarter. While visiting the temple many small restaurants are there and life is really very slow and laid back in Luang Prabang.

Main Luang Prabang are given below:

    Wat Xieng Thong-was built in 1560 and it's located in the south confluence of the Mekong and Khan River. This temple looks stunning as it's gorgeously decorated with colored glass and gold.
    Mount Phousi and Wat That Chom Sii- is located about 150 meters above the peninsula and it gives a spectacular view of the city and its adjacent surrounding villages.
    The Royal Palace-its presently the museum of artefact's and the related belongings of the former King Lane Xang .

Other important attractions around the city of Luang Prabang are:

  •     Pak Ou caves
  •    Ban Xang Hai
  •    Kuang Si Waterfalls
  •    Ban Phanom Village

Despite being a small city Luang Prabang has tremendous sightseeing spots and a major crowd puller across the globe.

PAKSE
Pakse is the capital of the province of Champassak and it is popularity is mainly due to the presence of Asia's best temple Wat Phu. Pakse can be reached easily from Vientiane as it takes 11 hours of Bus ride to reach there or one can avail the flight service also.
Pakse Laos is a busy trading town and it also covers major area of Bolaven plateau and it is the shelter of mainly ethnic minorities. The short guided tours in Pakse is sufficient to give the visits to the sightseeing spots andPakse Sightseeing Tours are either half day tours or full day tours.

Pakse Laos attractions are mainly What Phou Champasak and its really special as its set up in the rising hills and by climbing the stairs one can go to the main terrace and it provides some exotic and breathtaking landscapes of the countryside. The Boat ride is the interesting part of thePakse Sightseeing Tours and its doable from the Pakse to Champasak and its mostly available in the morning hours. While touring to the town of Pakse one can visit some popular villages around the town and they are all give the reflections of traditional Pakse.

The market of the Pakse is situated at the edge of town and its near to the bus terminal and it's a lively place and sure to thrill you up while touring in Pakse .The market sells almost everything like clothes, housewares and food-stuffs.

Despite being small, Pakse is a vibrant and attractive town and is also a part of Laos Sightseeing spots.

SAVANNAKHET

Savannakhet is the capital city of the Savannakhet Province in Laos and it has a population around 120,000 and literally it means 'city of paradise'.
Savannakhet is the second largest city of Laos and it has grown commercially mostly in the northern part and it also has a mixed population. The Savannakhet Laos mainly acts as a bridge between Thailand and Vietnam and in terms of Savannakhet Sightseeing this city can be explored easily by walking. Savannakhet is a major Laos Sightseeing spot as it houses dozens of temples including the Vietnamese one along with Colonial churches and the town is the perfect display of its ancient French architecture. Visiting Savannakhet Laos through airway is convenient one as the Lao Aviation flies regularly from Vientiane to Savannakhet or the boat ways can be availed from both the northern Vientiane and the southern Pakse. The bus service is also available.

The major attraction of the Savannakhet is the 'Ho Chi Minh Trail' and it's a significant spot of Laos. It's history dates back to the days of Vietnam war. During the war the North Vietnamese used network of trails, caves and gravel to move the ordnance , tanks and trucks to South Vietnam and from that time the trail came to be known as Ho Chi Minh Trail. On the other hand the USA denied saturation bombing to the trail within the Laos. It is heard that about 900 sorties per day of explosives were used. The Jungle area has recovered a lot from the past and defoliants and herbicides has grown back again. The visitors can explore some safe areas but a guidance of local tourists is essential.

That Ing Hang is the holiest spot to worship in the whole of Laos and it's situated in Savannakhet. The small museums along with the market place are the added attractions of the Savannakhet and they together will make your trip to Savannakhet a memorable one.

SALAVAN
Salavan is the name of a province in Laos. This province has the capital of the same name that is Salavan. Salavan province in Laos lies in the southern part of this South East Asian country.
The location of this province is such that Salavan province has two countries touching its two sides. In the east part of this province there is the country of Thailand and on the western border there is the country of Vietnam. As a result the province is full of a wide range of varieties in the cultural as well as in the sphere of life in general. Salavan has a number of sightseeing spots also.

Salavan is a very attractive sightseeing spot in Laos as the province is situated amidst a spectacular natural surrounding. This province is not other very developed tourist spots in Laos and travelers may face some trouble while traveling in this province.But all the troubles fade before the sublime beauty of this province with magnificent natural flora and fauna, sublime mountain regions and also the attractive and quite diverse native cultural activities. The most interesting travel activity here can be trekking and hiking and also the nature here provides ample opportunity to be lost in its enamoring beauty.

Salavan province houses the Phu Xieng Thong National Biodiversity Conservation Area. As the name suggests, it has a wide range of plants and species that are typically found in this part of South East Asian countries only. This wild life conservation area is near the Mekong River. The species which are to be found here are clouded leopard, Douc langur, Siamese crocodile and some other species. All of these provide excellent opportunities for sightseeing in Salavan.

CHAMPASAK

Champasak is a riverside town and is located on the south of Pakse on the banks of Mekong River. Champasak Laos is a typical traditional Lao style town and it has a very serene atmosphere quite different from the busy crowd of Pakse.
The Champasak Sightseeing spots are less known globally due to the low development of tourism but the Champasak province has lots to offer than it seems. The best attraction of the Champasak is its spectacular and naturally stylish Khmer ruins at the Wat Phu. The awesome fragments of islands near the Cambodian border are commonly known as Si Phan Don.

Si Phan Don is a great place as it has lots of variety for the travelers and the elephant trekking in Ban Khiet Ngong along with the magnificent waterfall in the Bolivian Plateau is a spectacular sight. The feel of traditional Laotian life on the islands of Don Deng near Champasak town is really a touching one. The visitors touring to Champasak mostly stay longer in this town than expected. The reason behind this is the excellent hospitality of the local people along with the growing range of activities from the mid 2006.

The transportation system is slow paced in Champasak but the roads are generally good and are similar to that of Laos. Due to slow bus services the motorbike has became the popular choice of the peoples and one can easily rent them. Visitors when land to Champasak mostly head to the Si Phan Don as it consists of the archipelago of 4,000 islands.

So whenever you plan a Laos Sightseeing trip never give a miss to the Champasak as this place has more to offer than it seems at a glance.

VANG VIENG

Vang Vieng is a small riverside town in Laos and its one of the major Laos Sightseeing spots from the very be ginning. The Vang Vieng town itself is a single
destination as it has great attractions like its laid back country side, huge cave filled rock formations and the nearby river. The scenic view are so touching and captivating that the visitors feel like staying in this town for more than a week .Vang Vieng Laos is only 3-4 hour bus journey from the Vientiane and from the bus station the town is only a 5 minute walking distance.

Vang Vieng offers you a whole range of activities and Lao-style steam sauna is just amazing here. You can visit small restaurants and can enjoy the local flavors along with a walk to the nearby caves or can even go Kayaking in the river.

Major Vang Vieng Sightseeing attractions are:

  •     Scenic view across the Nam Song river
  •    Spectacular view of the farmland of rice near the Vang Vieng
  •    Karst Scenery view
  •    Huge and wide Banana plantation
  •    Market place of Vang Vieng

The scenic view of the Nam Song river in Vang Vieng is so captivating and you can just relax by its side or can go Kayaking even .The spectacular farmlands are really a boon to the country's agriculture. Walking by side of the huge Banana plantation is a memory of a lifetime and the local marketplace offers you almost everything you need.

While touring the Laos Sightseeing get ready to be thrilled as you visit the spectacular and at the same time the unique city of Vang Vieng.