Visual Adventure: Laos

Jodi Ettenberg April 24, 2013 7

Travellers often come back from Laos a little wistful.  ”It’s like Thailand 15 years ago,” they say. “I wish it could stay the same.” Tourism and development change a place quite quickly and in Laos’ case, the slower-paced country has remained at its own rhythm, but pockets of touristed towns like Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang have been in the news more frequently.

In addition, In the coming years the country is planning to continue building large hydro-electric dams (11 of them in total thus far), requiring resettlement of thousands of people and the inundation of biodiversity hotposts. As Laos struggles with development, and neighbouring countries eye it for the effects on their own lands, we wanted to share some photos from above Luang Prabang, 6-hours north in Nong Kiow and Muang Ngoi. You can access these towns via local bus and boat from Luang Prabang.

Scene from the main bridge in Nong Khiaw, Laos.


Girls walking home in Nong Khiaw, Laos.


Exploring the caves near Nong Khiaw, Laos where villagers hid out during American bombings in the 1960s-1970s

Houses in Muong Ngoi, a tiny village north of Nong Khiaw.


Novice monks in Muong Ngoi’s temple.

Cottonball cloud sunset over the Nam Ou river.

Girl meets dog, Muong Ngoi.

Making dried rice cakes in Muong Ngoi.

Fried spring rolls, Laos style.


  1. budget jan May 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing photos from north of Luang Prabang. We absolutely loved our time in L.P. I can imagine it will keep on evolving and then people will travel further afield – up to Muong Ngoi, which looks delightful.

  2. Jacob Marlfoyle June 10, 2013 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I had traveled to the country a million elephants Laos, to review the photos I really miss this place. The trip have a lot of memories, I went to Vietnam and book tour packages from Vietnam to Laos the company’s Asia Tour Advisor, there are many interesting things.

  3. VisitOurChina August 7, 2013 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Love the food and the friendly people. Nice place to go!

  4. Ian Moore August 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I visited Laos and Luang Prabang a number of years ago. I, too, hope it never changes! It was a wonderful escape – not a single McDonald’s or really any typical “western” development or feel. It was one of the favourite countries I’ve ever visited and I now recommend Laos to anyone who is headed to the typical tourist destinations in Thailand. I feel everyone should head north to experience Laos first hand.

  5. john September 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Need advise! Package tour or DIY – to Laos /Cambodia and Vietnam. Would love the freedom of going -it-alone .. is it advisable. I am + 70 fit enough! mad into photography.

  6. Dan Brook September 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I love Laos and have been there a few times, as early as 1993 and as recently as last year. Along with Thailand, a very special (and delicious) place.

  7. Ruthi April 26, 2014 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Going to Laos in June via Northern Thailand (we are in China now) -can’t wait.THanks for the post and the lovely pictures.

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