While Laos is one of Southeast Asia’s most underrated tourism destinations, we absolutely love a holiday in Laos. Not only is the unspoiled countryside a beautiful and restorative sight, but the local people are some of the most generous and warm-hearted we’ve had the pleasure to meet in Southeast Asia. Always quick to offer a warm smile, the people of Laos are themselves a major attraction of this delightful country.
Walking down any urban or rural street in Laos, you’re likely to see street vendors. These hardworking people are ubiquitous throughout Laos and make up a large part of the backbone of Laos’ economy. Plus, their wares are delightful! Just try some of the street food in Vientiane or peruse the traditional crafts in Luang Prabang. There’s always something surprising or delicious being made by locals.
Buddhist monks in their saffron robes are also a ubiquitous sight in Laos. As a deeply Buddhist country, the locals are always careful to pay respect to monks, often offering their seats on public transport. If you take a temple tour in Laos, you’ll see many locals bringing offerings to the monks.
Deeper in the rural areas, you’re certain to meet some of Laos’ diverse hill tribe peoples. These distinct ethnic groups have their own cultures, cuisines, spiritual beliefs, and, often, languages.
Seeing the lifestyles, crafts, and performance arts of these people is a fascinating experience. Watching an Akha woman weave traditional textiles or helping a Thai Ai family harvest coffee is a cultural experience that surpasses any visit to a museum!