Discover a mystique, genuine and wild side of the earth with deep jungles and majestic mountains...
Years of civil unrest left the country isolated from the world, but Laos opened its doors to the public eye in 1989. With Thailand and Vietnam on each side of the country, you expect Laos to be commercial and crowded by tourists and sales people. However, Laos is not yet touched by the modern stressful way of life and offers a laidback atmosphere between majestic mountains, perky rivers and deep and breathing jungles. People are relaxed, friendly and respectful, and they often live in simple yet astonishing villages where animals of all kinds are free to wander in the simple streets, in the endless fields or in the deep jungle.
Population: 6.8 millions
Time zone: ICT
Drives on the left
"The laidback atmosphere and the relative lack of modern development make Laos perhaps the most authentic and unspoiled of the Southeast Asian nations"
Adventure time in Aay's Village
Tourists are also welcome to visit just to breath the fresh air and discover the beautiful village from time to time. Tourists will not be able to teach the children as we believe the children deserve to get to know their teachers in order to receive quality education in a safe environment.
Please be a concious traveler by keeping your environmental footprint at its lowest by not discarding trash or pollute the nature in Laos in any way.
Here are some travel guides that we recommend reading through when planning your trip to get the most out of the beautiful country of Laos:
What to do
Explore caves and blue lagoons
Shower in waterfalls
Kayak the curvy river
Zip-line through the jungle
Go jungle-trekking with a local guide
Enjoy a cold beer on the riverbank
Climb the steep mountains
Work in the rice fields for a day
Explore Laos from from a hot air balloon
"Landlocked Laos is one of Asia's most enchanting destinations. Stunning natural beauty - think mist-shrouded mountain peaks flanked by jungle-clad valleys teeming with wildlife combined with a fascinating Buddhist culture to make Laos a superb destination for backpackers and independent travellers, while luxury tourists are now also well-catered for" - from www.travelfish.org
Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The "rainy" season is from the beginning of May to the end of September, and the dry season is from October through April. When we say rainy, we mean that it might rain a couple of minutes 2-3 times a week. Nothing to put off your traveling plans for, so to say. The yearly average temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius, rising to a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius during April and May. The climate is hot and humid, so we recommend packing light clothes and if possible, opting for air-conditioned rooms for the night or a really really good fan.
A short trip from Aay's Village
The Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng
Phonsavat Village, where our project is located.
A short trip from Aay's Village
Culture & Food
Laos is a country with many different people and cultures. Since Phamai is many villages' put together, all different groups are represented, and once a year one of the groups arrange a traditional party that everyone put in money for and participate in. This is a beautiful way of respecting and appreciating each other’s cultures, traditions and differences. The official languages in Laos is Lao, a tonal language which sounds a bit similar to Thai. It also shares the Thai script. Most Lao people in the rural areas live in traditional houses built of wood and raised off the ground on stilts. The food in Laos is similar to the northeastern part of Thailand, it's a lot of fresh water fish, pork, chicken and duck. If you want to read more about the food: http://www.indochinatour.com/laos-guide/food-and-drinks.html