Asian three: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia (for 11 days)
Riddles of ancient Laos (for 4 days). Arrivals to 30.09.15g.
Laos is the charming small country which is in the Southeast part of Asia. Its name is translated as "the kingdom of one million elephants". Modern Laos unlike other once French Indochina colonies did not lose the original culture. Its mysteriousness and Buddhist traditions attract the increasing number of the tourists opening for themselves strange centuries-old story, beauty of the local nature, a measured contemplate way of life of aboriginals.
During the period from XIV to the 17th century in the central part of the Indochina peninsula the Asian state Pansang which subsequently replaced the name with Laos was located. In 1893 this territory passed under jurisdiction of France, having become one of its colonies. In the middle of the 20th century in the north of the country there was an overthrow of ruling regime by communists. By 1975 Laos completely obeyed to the Communist Party which board proceeded till 1988. The amazing world of the country became available to those who get tours to Laos only from the beginning of the 90th years.
Recently Laos becomes more and more open country. The present government lifted practically all limits for entrance, the cost of execution of the visa fell. The country has no developed economy therefore people live in it quite modestly. However the tourists choosing rest in Laos do not cease to be surprised to their peacefulness, hospitality and an ulybchivost.
Laos – the amazing country in the territory of which as if time stiffened. Thanks to it it is possible to get acquainted with ancient Asian culture here, to see unique temple constructions. There will be interesting tours to Laos and for those who prefer active recreation. The richest nature, the bystry mountain rivers, mysterious caves will allow to receive them the mass of thrills during walks by bicycles, river alloy or speleological descents.
The main waterway of Laos is Mekong along which the main cities, settlements and temple constructions are scattered. Vat Ksiyen Tong constructed in 1559 is distinguished from others. Its walls are decorated with the most beautiful mosaic, thematic frescos and a thin carving. This temple with the sloping roof which is going down to the earth is considered an example of classical Laotian architecture.
Always draws attention of the tourists choosing rest in Laos, Bang by Fang – once royal village which residents were famous for skill of production of silk fabrics. Here the school of national classical dances for girls at which began to study from 7 years functioned. Now in the village there take place the interesting representations showing choreographic art of ancient Laos.
Surprising tranquility is felt by all who get tours to Laos to visit Luang Prabang – in the past the capital of Laos. The age of this tiny kingdom which hid between mountains in the valley of the Mekong Rivers and Khan, exceeds one thousand years. Since 1995, Luang Prabang is considered world heritage – its temples, Indochina architecture, the sacred image of Buddha, local gastronomic traditions are so highly appreciated by UNESCO.
The Boor Kham – the Royal palace built in 1904 during the colonial period is worthy attention of visitors. It is possible to get on its territory directly from the river, having continued an excursion on numerous halls now of the National museum. Here the unique collection of artifacts revealing many secrets of ancient culture of Laos is collected.
Vat Akham called still by the monastery of Open Heart is surrounded with legends. Its construction was complete in 1818, but the place became well-known much earlier. The founder of the Laotian kingdom Lang Sang Fa Ngum established in 1355 a shrine for worship of several pagan spirits. One of kings who accepted the Buddhism ordered to destroy the pagan temple, having stopped holding pagan rituals. Right after it terrible troubles fell upon the city and in several years restored tradition. To the middle of the last century in the temple there were shrines belonging to both religious directions. Vat Akham long time was the residence of the Supreme Buddhist governor of Laos.
Among natural miracles of Laos the worthy place is taken by the Tat Kuang of the SI falls. The proximity of an arrangement to Luang Prabang does possible its visit during walks by bicycle. Water, cascades falling down, forms on platforms natural pools with the purest water of azure color. Nearby the center of rescue of black Himalaya bears which is under patronage of the state in the territory of which contain animal, injured by the person functions. Laos – the unique country striking tourists with magnificence of the nature, creations of ancient architects, customs and traditions.