Laos

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Laos

Squeezed in between Thailand and Vietnam is the landlocked country of Laos. Main feature of Laos is the Mekong River. The Mekong enters Laos from China in the north, forms most of its western border with Burma and Thailand, and then leaves Laos in the south to enter Cambodia. Away from the Mekong, Laos is a largely mountaineous country of steep hills, rugged ranges and narrow valleys covered in jungle. No easy terrain to travel around, even on foot, so transportation by boat of goods and people on the Mekong and its tributaries has always been very important to the Laotians. Still today, roads into the interior are few and often in a bad state during the rainy season. As a result the hills and mountains of Laos are by definition remote and sparsely populated by a myriad of hill tribes displaying astounding ethnolinguistic diversity. Highest mountains are found in the northern half of Laos, and in the Annamite Mountain Range running north-south to form the eastern border with Vietnam.

In recent years, numerous community-based trekking possibilities have sprung up across Laos, focusing on experiencing nature and meeting ethnic minorities. Local guides will lead you across the fields into the tropical jungles and mountains from one village to the next, sometimes camping out, wading through rivers and involving an occasional steep climb. Popular starting point for 2- and 3-day treks are the northern towns of Luang Namtha, Udomxay and Phongsali. Hiking is possible in Xiengkhouang province, including the mysterious ancient Plain of Jars. Further south there are some nice trekking options in National Protected Areas (NPA's) in the province of Savannakhet, and in Champasak and Attapeu, both on the border with Cambodia. To get started, just take a look at the Ecotourism Laos website for inspiration and details.

Best time to go hiking is during the dry season, roughly from November till April, although it can get stiflingly hot in March and April in the lower regions. During the monsoon rains, getting around is a muddy affair or even impossible.

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Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Cambodia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Cambodia Adventure Map is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations... Read more
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Belgium
  • Cambodia
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Cambodia Adventure Map is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. This map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Short Ride in the Jungle
  • The Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the greatest feats of military engineering in history. But since the end of the Vietnam War much of this vast transport network has been reclaimed by jungle, while remaining sections are littered with a deadly legacy of unexploded bombs. For Antonia, a veteran of ridiculous adventures in unfeasible vehicles, the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • A Short Ride in the Jungle
  • The Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the greatest feats of military engineering in history. But since the end of the Vietnam War much of this vast transport network has been reclaimed by jungle, while remaining sections are littered with a deadly legacy of unexploded bombs. For Antonia, a veteran of ridiculous adventures in unfeasible vehicles, the... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planet Reiseführer Laos
  • Mit dem Lonely Planet Laos auf eigene Faust durch ein Land voller Faszination und Geschichte! Etliche Monate Recherche stecken im Kultreiseführer für Individualreisende. Auf mehr als 350 Seiten geben die Autoren sachkundige Hintergrundinfos zum Reiseland, liefern Tipps und Infos für die Planung der Reise, beschreiben alle interessanten... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Cambodja & Laos | Unieboek
  • Capitool Cambodja & Laos: de ideale reisgids voor jouw reis naar Cambodja & Laos Het is de luxe reisgids voor levensgenieters Met een zorgvuldig samengestelde inhoud van zeer hoge kwaliteit Met vele schitterende foto’s en illustraties Bestand tegen intensief gebruik, voor, tijdens en na je reis En de gids die je nog lang zult bewaren samen met... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Vogelgids Pocket Photo Guide Birds of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos | Bloomsbury
  • Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are becoming increasingly popular with all kinds of visitors, not least birdwatchers who can visit many national parks and reserves harbouring a bounty of amazing species. The three countries are home to about 1,000 species of birds including such rarities as Bengal Florican, Giant Ibis, Green Peafowl and Vietnamese... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Last Unicorn
  • An award-winning author's quest to find and understand a creature as rare and enigmatic as any on EarthIn 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with exquisite long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to Western science--a saola, the first large land mammal discovered in... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Last Unicorn
  • An award-winning author's quest to find and understand a creature as rare and enigmatic as any on EarthIn 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with exquisite long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to Western science--a saola, the first large land mammal discovered in... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Sheila's Guide to Fast & Easy Chiang Mai
  • Have you ever visited Chiang Mai in the far north of Thailand? Located in “The Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet? Chiang Mai is world’s apart from big sister, Bangkok. This area in the Himalayan foothills is known for its mountainous beauty, jungle trekking (try elephant riding), ruins, hill tribes, and “Wats,” (the Thai... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Sheila's Guide to Fast & Easy Chiang Mai
  • Have you ever visited Chiang Mai in the far north of Thailand? Located in “The Golden Triangle,” where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet? Chiang Mai is world’s apart from big sister, Bangkok. This area in the Himalayan foothills is known for its mountainous beauty, jungle trekking (try elephant riding), ruins, hill tribes, and “Wats,” (the Thai... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer Vietnam, Kambodscha und Laos | Dumont
  • Zeer diepgaande reisgids over Vietnam, Cambodja en Laos op het gebied van kunst, cultuur en geschiedenis. Veel plattegronden van interessante bezienswaardigheden, beschrijvingen van achtergronden. Absoluut een aanrader voor de geïnteresseerde reiziger! Kein Wunder, dass sich die Franzosen in ihrer »Union Indochinoise« besonders wohlfühlten;... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
2010
  • DuMont Kunst-Reiseführer Vietnam, Kambodscha und Laos
  • Man sieht nur, was man weiß - wer nach dieser Devise reist, braucht einen Reiseführer mit Tiefgang und mit profunden Informationen. Der Kunst-Reiseführer Vietnam, Kambodscha und Laos beinhaltet all das, was man als kulturinteressierter Reisender gerne lesen und wissen möchte - insbesondere eine Einführung in die vielfältigen Kulturen der Länder... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Dominicus Laos | Gottmer
  • Rijk geillustreerde gids met nadruk op historische en culturele hoogtepunten. Daarnaast nog veel besprekingen van toeristische plaatsen. Zonder meer een complete gids, met veel foto’s is het een lust voor het oog. Laos ligt op het schiereiland Indo-China en is het enige land in Zuidoost-Azië dat geheel door andere landen wordt omsloten, te... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Laos
  • Discover Laos Weave your own path through the temple-lined streets of World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang.Find out why Katang villagers sleep with their heads pointed towards an outside wall.Explore the ancient Khmer's 'imitation of heaven' at mystical Wat Phu Champasak.Join locals for a riverside Beerlao as the sun sets over the Mekong in... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Laos
  • Discover Laos Weave your own path through the temple-lined streets of World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang.Find out why Katang villagers sleep with their heads pointed towards an outside wall.Explore the ancient Khmer's 'imitation of heaven' at mystical Wat Phu Champasak.Join locals for a riverside Beerlao as the sun sets over the Mekong in... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Last Unicorn
  • In 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with beautiful long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to western science -- a saola, the first large land mammal discovered in 50 years.Rare then and rarer now, no westerner had glimpsed a live saola before Pulitzer Prize finalist... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Last Unicorn
  • In 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with beautiful long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to western science -- a saola, the first large land mammal discovered in 50 years.Rare then and rarer now, no westerner had glimpsed a live saola before Pulitzer Prize finalist... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Handbuch Reiseführer Laos, Kambodscha
  • Für die 3. Auflage des DuMont Reise-Handbuches war Autor Roland Dusik wieder intensiv vor Ort unterwegs. Zwei Jahrzehnte verharrte Laos hinter dem sozialistischen Bambusvorhang, während Kambodscha unter der Schreckensherrschaft der Roten Khmer blutete. Heute sind die beiden Nachbarländer wieder zu entdecken und bezaubern mit ihren unglaublich... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Handbook Laos | Footprint
  • Zo mogelijk nog betere gids dan de Lonely Planet. Vol met de praktische informatie over reizen, slapen etc. Goede verwijzingen naar websites en veel mailadressen. Zelfde soort informatie als de Lonely Planet, diepgaander met vooral meer tips in de minder bekende gebieden. Engels. Laos satisfies all the romantic images of southeast Asia:... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Rough Guide to Laos
  • The Rough Guide to Laos is your definitive guide to this fascinating country. The 24-page full-colour introduction highlights all the "things not to miss", from the Buddhist temples of Louang Phabang to the French colonial architecture of Vientiane, Laos'' capital. The guide reviews all the top places to stay, eat and drink to suit every budget... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Rough Guide to Laos
  • The Rough Guide to Laos is your definitive guide to this fascinating country. The 24-page full-colour introduction highlights all the "things not to miss", from the Buddhist temples of Louang Phabang to the French colonial architecture of Vientiane, Laos'' capital. The guide reviews all the top places to stay, eat and drink to suit every budget... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Killing for profit
  • Rhino horn is worth more than cocaine, heroin or even gold on the black markets of Southeast Asia and China. Now, Killing for Profit brings you the story of one man s journey into a violent underworld where ruthless criminal syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize a tale of greed and corruption and of an increasingly desperate... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Killing for profit
  • Rhino horn is worth more than cocaine, heroin or even gold on the black markets of Southeast Asia and China. Now, Killing for Profit brings you the story of one man s journey into a violent underworld where ruthless criminal syndicates will stop at nothing to attain their prize a tale of greed and corruption and of an increasingly desperate... Read more
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Maps

Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Kontinentalkarte Thailand, Vietnam 1:2 500 000
  • Entdecken Sie mit dieser MARCO POLO Karte das Land des Lächelns . . . Die Karten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare, neue Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Highlightsternen gekennzeichnet und... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Laos - Fietsreis
  • Laos is een land vol natuurlijke schoonheid en met een zeer ontspannen levenstempo. Deze fietsvakantie voert je door een werkelijk adembenemend landschap. Smalle wegen banen zich een weg door de weelderige begroeiing op berghellingen en dwars door bamboebossen. Peddel langs glinsterende rijstvelden en meanderende rivieren. Voor we het prachtige... Read more
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