Laos, officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), is one of the most attractive destinations in Southeast Asia. It is truly an ideal place for anyone wishes to come back the past time of ancient and authentic Asian history. A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north. The country exhibits the influences of both European and Asian cultures.
Laos, with Cambodia, Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka, are the only countries that follow the Theravada way. Theravada promotes the concept of Vibhajjavada (Pali), literally “Teaching of Analysis.” This doctrine says that insight must come from the aspirant’s experience, critical investigation, and reasoning instead of by blind faith; however, the scriptures of the Theravadan tradition also emphasize heeding the advice of the wise, considering such advice and evaluation of one’s own experiences to be the two tests by which practices should be judged.
In Laos, this spirituality – philosophy is a mixed: Buddhism, Animism and Induism. If Buddhism is the way, there is also a deep relation to the nature, to the ancestors, and to the spirits who live with the human beings.
From the charming and fascinating capital of Vientiane, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences, to the ancient former royal capital of Luang Prabang, the unique Lao cultural is nearly kept unchanged by the maintain of centuries-old temples and monasteries with traditional ceremonies kept by saffron-robed monks.