Between my first short trip in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, in 2007 and my last trip in the country in May 2014, I can say Laos changed: Vientiane is more like a city than before, definitely more travelers who sometimes neglect the local traditions and decency but overall the authentic Lao spirit and way of life is still here to welcome travelers seeking peace in the total relax attitude of Lao people.
With its numerous national parcs covering a decent surface of the territory, nature and wildlife is here for the adventurous ones as well has welcoming people for a unique homestay in a remote village. But no access to the sea for those seeking farniente and parties on the beach.
My 2-week trip in 2014 was limited to the Northern part of Laos, between Vientiane and Nam Ha National Park, but if you have only 2 weeks to spend there, just focus on this area, you will have a good overview of this outstanding country.
My top 5 “Things to do” in Northern Lao
- Ride a bike to explore impressive landscapes, caves and tribe villages around Vang Vieng
- Have a relaxing early-morning swim in the turquoise waters of Kouang Si Waterfall
- Visit Vientiane and its numerous temples and former colonial buildings
- Hike few days and do kayaking on the river in the Nam Ha National Park. Make the experience outstanding with a homestay in a tribe village or an overnight in a jungle camp
- Dinner in one of the restaurant along the Nam Khan river in Luang Prabang