We found Laos to be a great introduction to old South-East Asia: its history spans over 10,000 years, Buddhism permeates every corner of life and the pace of life is as slow as it has been for centuries.
Largely unspoilt, much of
this land is mountains, mists and natural beauty, with charming cities, and
it’s safe to say we’d go back in a heartbeat. Calm and tranquil, its
saffron-robed monks moving silently between centuries-old monasteries, Luang Prabang is
possibly the best-preserved city in this part of the world. For us, the most
magnificent temple here was Wat Xieng Thong (The Golden Monastary) – within walking distance of the town, and
situated above the point where the Mekong and Nam Khan River meet, this
beautiful golden-clad temple is one of Laos’ most important, and an absolute
delight to wander around.