You may have never even heard of Laos – sometimes known as Lao – but it is one of the countries in South East Asia, lying between Thailand and Vietnam, and there are plenty of reasons to love Laos. If you want a taste of authentic South East Asia, Laos is a fabulous destination just waiting to be explored. Read on for the main reasons to love Laos.
1. The Temples
One of the main reasons to visit Laos is to view its beautiful temples. Buddhism has been the primary religion in Laos for thousands of years and a series of magnificent Wats (the Lao word for temple) have been constructed as a testament to this. For many, this is one of the main reasons to love Laos and those who visit the Laos capital of Vientiane will not want to miss the opportunity to discover Pha That Luang (Great Stupa). Marked by golden prangs reaching towards the sky, Pha That Luang contains many terraced steps that will take you through each stage of Buddhist enlightenment. Whereas Pha That Luang was reconstructed in the 1930s, the Khmer-era Wat Phu dates back to the 11th - 13th centuries and like many ancient stone temples, can become intertwined with the landscape. Reminiscent of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, this serene temple is still used by practicing Buddhists, but also welcomes visitors with open arms.