Laos holidays for unique nature experiences and recreational retreats can be planned to numerous Laos provinces, but Luang Namtha is distinguished as a premier eco destination in Laos. Luang Namtha is famous for its pristine natural environment, including the two hundred and twenty two thousand four hundred hectare the Nam Ha Protected Area (Nam Ha NPA). The Nam Ha NPA is densely covered by a monsoon forest, home to many large mammals, such as tigers, elephants, bears and wild buffalos. In addition, the area is home to a rich bird and reptile population. The best way to see the eastern section of the NPA is by boat, as the Namtha River flows parallel to a lengthy section of the protected area's Eastern boundary.
Another natural treasure of the Luang Namtha region is the Luang Namtha Valley and the mountains surrounding it. The valley and surrounding peaks are easily seen from the elevated areas of the Luang Namtha City. In general, Luang Namtha offers every opportunity for recreational holidays, including such activities as boating, hiking and bicycling.
Laos holidays are suitable for families, business and leisure travelers, and romantic couples. The natural ambiance of the country is perfect for relaxing and rejuvenating vacations, while the cities of Laos are also very serene and peaceful. Laos has a very loose population: six million people reside on roughly the area of Great Britain, whereas eighty five percent of the country's inhabitants still live in rural areas. Hence, the atmosphere of Laos's cities is far different from the noise and buzz of large metropolitans. In fact, there are no large cities in Laos. Vientiane, the largest and capital city of Laos, has the population of two hundred thousand people.
As Laos holidays often start in Vientiane or sometimes tourists enjoy the city so much that move nowhere further, it is important to have a closer look on it. Vientiane combines a French colonial appearance with an ancient architectural style. It has several beautiful temples and numerous French colonial houses that are now restored to offices, restaurants and hotels. Only several modern buildings stand out against the background of French mansions and gilded temples. Vientiane is a quiet capital, but it is a center of Laos's culture, commerce and tourism, affordable for every budget and style.
Laos holidays will be incomplete if you do not visit two World Heritage Sites of Laos, Luang Prabang and Wat Phou. Luang Prabang, a former royal capital and now a World Heritage Site, is a charming city, dominated by golden-roofed temples and bright saffron-robed monks. Wat Phou is a ruined Khmer temple complex, located at the base of mount Phu Kao in Champassak province, southern Laos. The temple has a unique construction and today it is a center of Theravada Buddhist worship.