Independent since 1949, Laos remains a mysterious and relatively inaccessible land for much of the rest of the world. Its relative isolation has meant the visitor can see much more of traditional south-east Asian life. This is a land of rugged mountains and endless forest, and here too is the great Mekong River. Travel here, other than by air, is not easy as the road infrastructure is poor and basics such as electricity cannot be taken for granted outside the major towns.
The fauna here includes the indo-china tiger, the gaur and the Asiatic elephant. It is perhaps more the cultural highlights than the wildlife that attracts the overseas visitor; the country possess two World Heritage Sites - the city of Luang Prabang and Wat Phou, and the government is seeking the same status for the enigmatic Plain Of Jars. These monumental reminders of a turbulent past, plus the vibrant and still traditional culture of the country are what draw the traveller.
In 1993 the Government designated some 21% of the land as National Biodiversity Conservation Areas. These could well be developed into National Parks, which would see Laos at the forefront in conservation in south-east Asia.The World Heritage Sites here draw our ARCHAEOLOGICAL groups; whilst the dramatic jungle and mountain scenery draw as well our PHOTOGRAPHY and PAINTING groups.
Though relatively less developed, in terms of tourist infrastructure than neighbouring Vietnam, Laos offers much to the group prepared to take the country on its own terms.
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