Welcome to Laos and to the Enchanting City of Luang Prabang!

Welcome to Laos and to the Enchanting City of Luang Prabang!

Welcome to Laos and to the Enchanting City of Luang Prabang!

Welcome to the enchanting country of Laos! Of all the countries I visited in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia), Laos turned out to be my favorite destination. I think it was due to a combination of the warmth of the locals, the country’s natural beauty, the charming city of Luang Prabang, the mystique of being a communist country, Beerlao - Southeast Asia’s best beer and the many friendships I made along the traveler’s trail.

Laos is a landlocked country bordered by China, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and has a population of about 6.5 million people. If you are looking to get off the tourist trail and into more of an “authentic” experience then Laos is the place to be. I imagined Laos was probably Thailand 30 years ago before Thailand blew up to be a major tourists playground.

Since the 1990s when the communist government decided to open the country to tourists, Laos has quickly developed a cult like following among independent travelers. Traveling through Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand I would ask fellow travelers what their favorite country was in Southeast Asia. Invariably their eyes would light up and their response was all the same, “Laos!”

I took this portrait of this lovely Lao woman on my first morning in the charming city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unbeknownst to me, the city was hosting a street parade to celebrate an award it had just received as, “The Best City in the World to Visit.” After spending a week in Luang Prabang it was easy to see why they deserved that recognition.

I have many fond memories of my time in Laos. Now all I need is a cold bottle of Beerlao!

Check back for more of my adventures in Laos!

Happy Travels!

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Taken on: 9th March, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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