Embrace the Slow Pace of Lovely Laos – When you think of vacationing is Southeastern Asia, you probably picture long hours lazing the day away on a tropical beach somewhere in Thailand, gazing awestruck at Cambodia’s historical temples, or following the traces of Vietnam’s poignant history – Laos rarely comes to mind as a luxury destination. But these other destinations are beginning to lose the appeal they once had as they fall deeper into the trap of tourism.
For most, a Southeast Asian trip is all about becoming immersed in a culture different than your own, waking before the sun to catch its incredible rising from a new perspective, and heading out off the well-beaten path. Due to the rise in popularity of vacationing in such places as Vietnam or Cambodia, there’s not much left that’s truthfully off the well-beaten path. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to have a unique Southeast Asian experience. Unless you direct your aim at Laos. It may be overlooked, but it certainly shouldn’t be underestimated – this country retains the authenticity that so many other Asian countries have lost.
Landlocked, Laos doesn’t boast endless miles of coastline like some Asian countries, but it more than makes up for its lack of beaches with verdant greenery, cascades of waterfalls, and incredible Buddhist temples. If you envy the slow pace of living that Asians are known for, Laos is the epitome of tranquility. Discerning travelers have discovered the excitement of viewing this region through the eyes of the locals rather than just another passerby. Laos has done well to resist the mass tourism other Southeast Asian countries are battling and has preserved its rich heritage.
It has done such an incredible job that UNESCO stepped in and designated Luang Prabang a World Heritage Site. The surroundings are naturally exquisite, while the historical sites and ruins pay homage to the life and culture of the peoples who have remained stringent in its preservation.
While the town may be small, it more than makes up for it in spirit. A simple stroll through the town’s streets will reveal how Buddhism permeates every aspect of life in the everyday sense.