Laos is located in the Greater Mekong Subregion
. It is the only country in Southeast Asia that is landlocked. Laos is a communist country, which has been tied for centuries to its official religion – Theravada Buddhism.
Throughout history, the powerful Mekong
river ̶ known as the “mother of all rivers” – has supporClick here to Read More
ted the Lao people to make a living. More than half of the river flows through the landscapes of Laos. There are jungle-covered mountains, cave-filled rocks, and fertile plateaus.
Laos had been labeled the world’s most bombed country. More than 2 billion tons of bombs were dropped during the Vietnam war. However, despite the country’s violent past, there is a remarkably peaceful atmosphere and a strong presence of spirituality in the everyday life of the Lao people. Locals respect traditions, follow their heart and do not lose sight of where they are going. The biggest agricultural export of Laos is coffee.
On coffee farm
Journey to Laos
We started our journey throughout the country in Pakse, at the Boloven Plateau, in the South, where most of the coffee and tea is cultivated. Many rivers cross the plateau and there are plenty of beautiful waterfalls.
There are ethnic villages and numerous coffee and tea plantations. We rented a motorbike and explored the area. A famous tea master of the region prepared fresh green tea for us before we explored his tea plantation. Both of us never visited a tea plantation before. We also stopped at various coffee plantations, where the owners were proudly operating small, simple wooden stalls to offer freshly roasted coffee to visitors.