Laos is Ancient at its Best UNESCO has accepted two major tourist attractions in Laos, namely the ancient city of Luang Prabang, and the Vat Phou Temple complex, as world heritage sites. This gives you more reason to take a trip to Laos. Laos is a mixed bag of many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. The rich culture of Laos makes for a unique and different travel experience. Our travel guide will give you all the information you need about Laos, and will also be of benefit when planning your trip. The capital of Laos is Vientiane. The largest stupa in Laos is the Luang stupa. Luang Prabang contains the Royal Palace Museum and also the royal throne, along with some royal souvenirs. Many different kinds of handicrafts, like hand weaving, hand embroidery, and silver jewels can be seen in Phongsaly. Handmade handicrafts can be purchased as vacation souvenirs. You can also find many products that are made of wood, silver, gold and precious stones. No one is allowed to take articles that are more than fifty years old out of the country. More than 800 species of birds, and over 100 different mammals can be encountered in Laos. These include tigers, leopards, gibbons, peafowl, the Irrawaddy dolphin, hornbills, ibis, and silver pheasants. Many wonderful limestone mountains and caves can be seen in Huaphanh. The That Luang festival is conducted in the middle of November, and includes many religious rituals. The traditional cuisine in Laos is spicy, but also tasty. Glutinous rice dishes with meat, fish, chicken, or vegetables, are popular traditional dishes in Laos. The native people of Laos have a very friendly nature and are extremely hospitable to their guests. Tourists are given a warm welcome. A woman is not allowed to touch a Buddhist monk in this country. Our travel guide will provide invaluable assistance to tourists planning their vacation to Laos.