Travelling in wonderland - Visit Laos 2018 from another perspective

Laos is a dream for many travelers from Western countries. In some reports it has already been called a “wonderland”. And for the first time - coming from Berlin, Chicago, Seoul or Sydney - to embark on a tour, it may seem like that from the outset. Even in busy neighbouring countries like Thailand or Vietnam you do not easily get that feeling.
Why is that? Laos has only a fraction of the population of these countries and, geographically speaking, people live in a very decentralised way. And modern history has often passed the country by in recent decades. For example, traditions are still prevalent in Laos that have mostly been superseded elsewhere by the advent of modern ... More >>>

Bali - a paradise for tourists, a jewel of Indonesian archipelago

Bali an island, located in the eastern part of Indonesia, is a popular tourist destination that attracts people from around the world because of the sheer beauty of its sandy beaches, coral reefs, exotic temples set against natural backdrops and lively nightspots. 
This writer recently had the chance to visit to Bali, the jewel of Indonesia, for the first time and found it to be a place where nature, the sea and stunning architecture come together in a charming and impressive manner. I travelled to the island as one of the participants of a “Familiarization Trip” organized during August 16-23 by the Embassy of Indonesia in Laos.

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Cliffview Bungalows: offering tranquility in Vangvieng

Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images
inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

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Vangvieng, a place for all seasons

I don’t know how many times I’ve visited Vangvieng but I know it’s at least three times a year because it’s one of my favourite places and just three hours by car from Vientiane.
A visit there always gives me new challenges and opens up new doors, so that I yearn to return even before my stay has ended.

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Beautiful South Korea – one visit is not enough!

If you are planning to visit iconic sites and learn about the culture of the Republic of Korea, its history and former presidents, as well as sample the local food, there are plenty of places where you can indulge your every wish.

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The many attractions of Udon Thani

Hundreds of people from Vientiane visit Udon Thani province of Thailand every day, and a majority of them travel there to shop or to seek medical treatment.
Officials at the first Lao-Thai friendship bridge are always busy, catering to the numerous Lao and Thai nationals using the passage. Thai people usually travel to Laos for tourism, and they visit Vientiane and famous tourist sites such as Vangvieng.

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Chilling out lakeside a cool surprise at capital’s new urban centre
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

In most large cities, many people usually look for getaways that can help them escape the pressures and stresses of daily life.
Vientiane, the capital of Laos, has a lot of interesting places to visit, including renowned spots such as Patuxay or the Victory Gate, That Luang Stupa and Hor Phra Keo (the emerald Buddha Hall).

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Good weather, Plain of Jars among top attractions in Xieng Khuang
Welcoming Visit Laos Year 2018, Vientiane Times is publishing a series of feature articles and images inviting you to experience the authentic nature, culture, history and hospitality of Laos, Jewel of the Mekong.

Xieng Khuang province was once known to some as the land of unexploded ordnance because of the prevalence of cluster bombs dropped by US warplanes during the Indochina War of 1964-1973. 
The ethnically diverse province is now emerging as a favourite destination for domestic and foreign tourists. 

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Thakhaek, a town firmly rooted in history

The French were forced out of Indochina during the 1950s but their legacy remains, with the most notable feature being the old buildings that bear their architectural stamp.
In the late 19th century, the French began to colonise Indochina and by the early 20th century they controlled vast areas of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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Boat trip offers new challenges in the rainy season

After many weeks of rain, there’s been so much flooding in Laos that it’s hard to travel anywhere unimpeded.
This year, widespread flooding has caused problems throughout the country and thousands of people have lost their belongings and farmland, while several dozen have died.
In Laos most people travel by road while those who can afford it take a plane but not many people can travel this way as it’s expensive. ... More >>>

Reporters take a speedboat ride, but not for pleasure

Normally, a ride in a speedboat would be an attractive proposition, but that was not the case last month when 11 journalists needed to get from one town to another in flood-hit Attapeu province.

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Modern Singapore, a dream destination for travellers

Being a land-locked nation, it’s no surprise that many Lao folk are tempted by the allure of holidaying in a seaside destination such as neighbouring Vietnam or Thailand with the latter often preferred for its perceived quality of shopping.

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A one-day trip to Vientiane province makes for a great escape

For those looking for a short break not too far away from Vientiane, there are plenty of options; one suggestion is to visit Phabathphoukhaokhuay temple and the nearby Nam Ngum dam, where you can buy locally made handicrafts, go cruising, and take a swim.

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