11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

Feel like you’re ‘done’ with South-East Asia? Got a sense you’ve seen and done it all? Think again, amigo. Laos offers up a totally different side to South-East Asia, one you most definitely have not experienced before. With its jaw-dropping scenery, beautiful locals, delicious food and amazing atmosphere, you’ll find yourself falling in love with Laos just like I did. To help you get inspired to visit for yourself, here are my 11 reasons why you should put Laos on your travel bucket list right now!

1. The landscape is undeniably breathtaking

I don’t really know what I expected from my first visit to Laos, but I can honestly say the sheer beauty of the landscape has taken my breath away. The scenery in Laos is totally different to what I’ve experience elsewhere in South-East Asia, offering up some of the most incredible mountains and gorgeous views I’ve experienced in Asia. There’s a serene beauty all around, a sense the Earth has right of way and has decided to put one heck of a show to entertain visitors. Jagged mountain tops dot the skyline, bright blue skies abound and lush green jungle covers the land as far as the eye can see. It is truly beautiful and, seriously, unmissable.

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

Thanks to Mountain Designs for the sweet backpack!

2. You’ll fall in love with the locals

If you’ve visited South-East Asia before, you’ll know it’s famous for incredible hospitality. Somehow, the amazing people of Laos manage to kick that up a notch. I met so many genuinely lovely, welcoming and friendly people each and every day. On the street, you’ll be greeted with a big friendly smile and a wave. If you’re standing in a store, having trouble communicating, a local who speaks English will happily jump in and help translate for you. I found the locals to be peaceful and delightful, with no interest in ripping you off or pushing you to visit a local store, for example.

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

3. It has a distinctly peaceful vibe

In fact, the whole country has an incredibly peaceful vibe to it. I couldn’t help but find myself breathing deeply and feeling more and more relaxed each day. There was never any worry that someone might pick-pocket me, try to grab my bag as they whizzed past on a scooter or rip me off in any way. There’s a big feeling of ease and calm everywhere I visited and I loved how it allowed me to relax and really enjoy every place we visited. It’s so relaxing and chill!

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

4. There’s a simple, quiet beauty everywhere

Standing in the streets of Luang Prabang or gazing at the awe-inspiring limestone mountains and cliffs in Vang Vieng, there’s beauty all around in Laos. It’s an understated beauty, where the natural aspects of life really shine through, rather than being bombarded with luxury resorts and boutiques. Life in Laos is simple and this really reflects in what you see and experience while you’re there. The landscape is pretty much untouched and it makes for a totally unique experience than anywhere else I’ve been in South-East Asia.

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

5. You’ll get to try amazing food

Oh, the food! There’s so much great food on offer in Laos, which is probably why they sell those insanely comfortable, baggy, elephant pants on the street everywhere. You’ll find the food in Laos to be bursting with flavour, combining sweet, spicy, sour and salty. Must-try bites include spicy papaya salad, sticky rice, Lao sausage and Lao BBQ, grilled chicken and their famous baguettes. Basically just follow your nose and see where it leads you. Be sure to try the amazing Laos coffee – it’s awesome!

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

6. It’s totally different to Thailand and Indonesia

If you’ve been to Thailand and Indonesia and feel, after visiting those places, like you’ve ‘done’ South-East Asia, THINK AGAIN. Laos is totally different to either of these places. Where Thailand and Indonesia tend to be swarming with beach-hungry tourists, Laos offers a more remote, relaxed vacation. Yes, you’ll still see tourists, but not to the same level as you do in other places. There isn’t that same overwhelming party scene, where tourists sporting Bintang singlets buzz past on scooters. Instead, you’ll find Laos offering up insanely gorgeous scenery and a feeling like you’re discovering a relatively untouched part of Asia. It’s fantastic.

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

7. All the nature!

Whether you’re whizzing around on a boat along the Mekong, riding a bike through Luang Prabang, exploring Hmong villages or discovering winding roads and mountains outside Vang Vieng, you’ll fall in love with the nature and scenery in Laos. It’s so beautifully green, swarming with dense, lush jungle that instils a huge buzz of wanderlust right in your chest. It’s all you can do to contain yourself. It’s seriously beautiful and a playground for anyone who loves the great outdoors.

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

8. It’s really affordable

True to form, you’ll find Laos offering up what we tend to love most about South-East Asia; an affordable holiday. You’ll find the food, shopping and accommodation all extremely affordable. It’s easy to get around and easy to have a really great holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect!

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

9. The weather is fabulous

Where Indonesia and Thailand can be crushingly hot, Laos seems to offer a slightly cooler option. The days are filled with blue skies and glorious sunshine and, admittedly, it can get quite hot in the middle of the day. But, you’ll find the weather absolutely glorious. It’s exactly what you want from a holiday in a tropical location and with all that tropical fruit and cold Laos Beer going around, you’ll be more than content.

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

10. The sunsets are next-level amazing!

A sunset in Vang Vieng will change your life. Picture insanely picturesque limestone mountains, dotted with dense greenery, the river running in front of you with brightly coloured boats buzzing past. The sun is glowing a perfect orange in the sky, it’s not too hot or too cold, it’s the perfect temperature and you have a cold Laos beer in your hand. This is the reality of a Laos sunset, they’re incredible and you’ll love every single one you catch.

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

11. Culture, history and tradition

Aside from all the things that make it great for visitors, Laos also offers a rich history and culture steeped in tradition. For example, in Luang Prabang, you’ll find Monks wearing bright orange robes. Each morning the monks take to the streets to humbly beg for their daily food, offered up by locals and visitors. This ancient practice teaches the Monks humility and is a magical thing to be part of. It’s just one of the many amazing things you can see, learn and experience in Laos that’ll teach you about their wonderful culture and history.

11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

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Little Grey Box Phoebe Lee ProfilePhoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through InstagramFacebook and YouTube.

12 Comments on 11 Reasons to put Laos on your travel bucket list right now! 

  1. Beautiful post!
    We’are thinking to going to Laos next spring. We would go there after visit Thailand, but we are a bit worried about the weather in May.
    Do you know if that’s a good time?

    Thanks!

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    • Hello! That’s a great idea, it’s a totally different vibe after you leave Thailand. You’ll love it. To be honest, I’m not sure. I visited last month (November) so I couldn’t give a first hand comment about May. I hope you make it though, it’s such a special place. My favourite spot in SE Asia at the moment!

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  2. Couldn’t agree more. Laos is my favourite country in SE Asia. I actually don’t understand why Thailand is as trendy as it is and everyone doesn’t go to Laos instead! No scams, slow paced, great food… and you’re right! The iced coffee is fantastic!

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  3. Reading this makes me look forward even more to my trip to Laos! 🙂

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  4. I’ve always wanted to get to Laos! I’m off to Thailand next year, so I think I definitely need to fit in time to see this amazing country 🙂

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  5. I’ve been to Thailand but not Laos. The scenery sounds incredible! After reading your article, I think I’ll add it to places I plan to visit.

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  6. This brought back so many lovely memories of my time in Laos! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  7. Sounds like an awesome vacay! I fell in love with Thailand and after reading this I will definitely put Laos on my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. wow, thanks for this. you have really opened up my eyes to laos, it’s a place i hadn’t considered –

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