According to the Lonely Planet, tourism in Laos is set to soar to all-time highs
. I suspect this has to do with the popularity of Thailand
as a tourist destination, as people tend to reason that if they're going all that way they should do the whole shebang. I don't know if anyone travels across the ocean for the sole purpose of visiting Laos
, but it sure is worthy of it's own trip -- which you already know, if you've ever been there.
Jungle treks in particular are expected to flourish, which gives some valuable income to to the country and its people -- hopefully it keeps the forest from being levelled as well. The Laotian government has shown it's commitment to Eco-tourism
, so let's hope they stand by their word.
Laos is truly unique place -- rugged and undeveloped, friendly and peaceful, full of beauty, both urban and natural. It's a world away from the bright lights of Bangkok. When I first arrived in Laos, I was amazed by so much, but what stands out is the lack of streetlights in towns (or paved roads for that matter.) We left the Indian restaurant at 9, a full two hours before the country-wide curfew, and hardly found our way back to the guesthouse because of the darkness. I was a city girl who hadn't realized that the world got that dark at night. I wonder if it will stay like that? I hope so. We all need little reminders like that.
Filed under: Arts and Culture, Hiking, Asia, Laos, Ecotourism