Culture vultures can swing into a world of Lao arts, culture, and heritage all over the country. Inspect ancient Buddhist temples and stupas, each with a story to match their history and location. And explore a pair of UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless ancient attractions.
Want to visit ethnic villages, meet the locals, and learn about their beliefs, traditions, and lifestyles? Laos has plenty of communities, in almost every province, ready to welcome you with local meals and a place to sleep. You can participate in ceremonies and submerge yourself in their daily lives.
The highlight of a village visit is often its handicrafts. Different ethnic groups specialize in different products, all of which they use in everyday life. You can watch weavers work looms, basket makers turn rattan and bamboo into household items, and local distillers make moonshine. Try your hand at producing crafts and purchase finished products from your hosts.
Almost all main tourist towns offer plenty of opportunities to meet your appetite for arts and culture. Scour the museums to learn about Lao history, culture, and even its dinosaurs. Treat yourself to a traditional performance, and visit a gallery to view traditional and modern art.