Laos has been listed by an Australian travel publication as one of the best places to visit this year.
Traveller, an Australian online publication, has highlighted Laos among 10 countries in the 25 hottest destinations in 2023.
The article reads, “Anyone who has visited Laos in the past would know well its laidback charms, from the deeply cultural beauty of Luang Prabang to the adventure capital of Vang Vieng and the youthful energy of Vientiane.”
“What they would also know is the time necessary to get around this undulating, landlocked country, on winding roads aboard cramped minivans.”
But the story introduces the newly-completed Laos-China Railway, which connects Vientiane Capital to the northern provinces.
“However, things have changed. This year Laos welcomed the opening of the China-funded Boten-Vientiane railway, a high-speed rail link between the nation’s capital and its northern border.”
“The train calls through tourist favorites such as Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, and Muang Xay, and has totally changed the game for independent travelers hoping to see the country quickly and comfortably.”
“Vientiane to Luang Prabang, for example, takes two hours on the train – the drive is six-and-a-half. Get here and experience this country before everyone else does.”