Laos has topped a hotlist of 2018 travel destinations released by The Guardian, published on its website in the Asia section last week.
The Guardian published the travel hotlist detailing where to go on holiday in 2018. The list is divided by continent, with Laos mentioned ahead of Korea, India, Mongolia, and Taiwan.
In the article, Laos is described as a country more suited to seasoned travelers, although the writer states that the country is working hard to improve its tourism industry.
“Road travel is better than it used to be and new domestic air routes and river cruises have opened,” writes The Guardian.
It continues to mention 18 events that will be held around the country in line with the Visit Laos Year 2018 initiative, including festivals and events in Luang Prabang and Oudomxay.
“Explore the dramatic Bolaven plateau, then join a Mekong cruise, stopping at the ancient temple of Vat Phou,” the article suggests, among other interesting options.
Visit Laos Year 2018 is a Lao government initiative to attract more tourists to the country. The initiative was officially launched last October, and includes a range of special attractions and festivals across Laos, including traditional festivals held by various ethnic minorities.
In a bid to attract tourism, and as part of Visit Laos Year 2018, the government of Laos waived visas for a number of countries, including four Scandinavian countries, whose citizens are now visa exempt until the end of 2018.
View the full travel hotlist by The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/ng-interactive/2018/jan/06/where-to-go-on-holiday-in-2018-the-hotlist#Asia
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