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
  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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  • Angkor Wat Temples
  • Cambodia, a hidden pearl ready to be discovered, lies in Southeast Asia, bordering Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. To the south, hundreds of miles of coastline greet the never-ending surge and swells of the South China Sea, providing a paradise of surf, sand, and sun for the country's two million visitors. The Kingdom of Cambodia (its official... Read more
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Netherlands
  • And There I Was Volume II
  • This is the second of nine journeys in the "And There I Was" series. In 1991, through a chance meeting in Bangkok with an old CIA station chief and his retired French army counterpart, expeditions were arranged into Cambodia and Laos, both still reeling fifteen years on from the devastating effects of war and genocide. The author's route took... Read more
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Belgium
  • And There I Was Volume II
  • This is the second of nine journeys in the "And There I Was" series. In 1991, through a chance meeting in Bangkok with an old CIA station chief and his retired French army counterpart, expeditions were arranged into Cambodia and Laos, both still reeling fifteen years on from the devastating effects of war and genocide. The author's route took... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Laos & Cambodia - Cambodja | Insight Guides
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Door het formaat en gewicht niet zo zeer om mee te nemen, als wel om thuis voor en na de reis uitgebreid te lezen. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! Engels. Laos and Cambodia maintain a formidable allure for travellers - thoughts of paradise beaches and ancient temples are enough... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Backpacker Business
  • Written on chicken buses, trains, boats and in beach bars all across Southeast Asia, this is the story of how a 23-year old English backpacker set up the first print magazine for independent travellers in Southeast Asia.From inexperienced backpacker in Nepal to established publisher in Thailand, via business deals in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Backpacker Business
  • Written on chicken buses, trains, boats and in beach bars all across Southeast Asia, this is the story of how a 23-year old English backpacker set up the first print magazine for independent travellers in Southeast Asia.From inexperienced backpacker in Nepal to established publisher in Thailand, via business deals in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Insight Guides
  • Southeast Asia is a firm favorite on the long-haul travel trail, thanks to its unrivaled range of amazing experiences and unforgettable sights – from the northern hills of Thailand to the dragons of Komodo, frenetic Manila to laid-back Vientiane, the sands of Ko Samui to Balinese temples and the ruins of Angkor. And traveling around the region... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Insight Guides
  • Southeast Asia is a firm favorite on the long-haul travel trail, thanks to its unrivaled range of amazing experiences and unforgettable sights – from the northern hills of Thailand to the dragons of Komodo, frenetic Manila to laid-back Vientiane, the sands of Ko Samui to Balinese temples and the ruins of Angkor. And traveling around the region... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Rough Guide - Laos
  • This in-depth coverage of Laos's attractions, sights, and restaurants takes you to the most rewarding spots—from the historic streets of Luang Prabang, to seeing Pha That Luang in Vientiane or the Plain of Jars in the northeast, to hiking and exploring Vang Vieng—and stunning color photography brings the nation to life.The locally based Rough... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Rough Guide - Laos
  • This in-depth coverage of Laos's attractions, sights, and restaurants takes you to the most rewarding spots—from the historic streets of Luang Prabang, to seeing Pha That Luang in Vientiane or the Plain of Jars in the northeast, to hiking and exploring Vang Vieng—and stunning color photography brings the nation to life.The locally based Rough... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • 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
2014
  • 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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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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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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  • 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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Laos Periplus Travel Map
  • Laos at 1:2,000,000 from Periplus with more detailed enlargements of several most visited areas, plus indexed street plans of the country’s main cities: Vientiane Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, Vang Vieng and Pakxe.On one side is a general map of the whole country showing its road and rail networks. Local airports are marked and numerous places of... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Laos | Periplus
  • Laos at 1:2,000,000 from Periplus with more detailed enlargements of several most visited areas, plus indexed street plans of the country’s main cities: Vientiane Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, Vang Vieng and Pakxe.On one side is a general map of the whole country showing its road and rail networks. Local airports are marked and numerous places of... Read more
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