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INDOCHINA without visas 2nd series Laos

Mekong — one of the greatest rivers of Asia and the biggest river of Indochina — extends from Tibet to the South China Sea. Around the Laotian-Cambodian border during the rainy season, Mekong spreads on 14 kilometers, forming currents, rifts and falls. Rocks, islands and islets stick out of the water. The biggest of them — Don Det Island. It is also the largest tourist center of the region. Here, there are hotels and guesthouses, restaurants and cafes. From here, the tourist routes to the largest waterfalls begin. People lived on the banks of the Mekong River since ancient times. They grew rice, founded cities, built monasteries and temples. The ancient Buddhist temple Wat Poh was founded in the 5th century AD. Not much remained until our days, from this monastery that was once a large one. The capital of Laos isn't among the tourist destinations. The Buddhist temples are here. But they are not museum like, that interests only the tourists, but alive. Local people, the majority of who consider themselves Buddhists, come here to pray and to talk to the monks, bring donations and flowers. To Vang Vieng, the fans of active travel are attracted by the rocks of bizarre shapes, and the numerous karst caves in its suburbs. Luang Prabang — the city of monasteries and temples. The most touristic city of Laos. Almost all the houses in downtown are reconstructed into hotels and guesthouses, cafes and restaurants. And the central street turned into a large souvenir market, under the open sky.