LAOS

You might be better off physically, but your soul has long been exhausted like a desert. If so, why not travel to Laos to slow your life one tempo down?

Laos: Keep Calm and Take It Slowly


Have you ever thought time goes by too fast that you can barely catch up? Especially in the bustling 21st century with little time to chill. You might be better off physically, but your soul has long been exhausted like a desert. If so, why not travel to Laos to slow your life one tempo down?

In 2008, the New York Times published an article that exhilarated travelers around the world. The article reported Laos—a tranquil country in which 80% of the land is covered in forest—as the number one “Must-visit Country,” topping relatively well-known Southeast countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, or Philippine. Ever since then, the number of visitors in Laos has skyrocketed for the past six years. What about Laos attracted the New York Times and travelers from all over the world?

‘Slowness’, I must say.


Once you step into a small, bucolic country of Laos, you become oblivious that it is the 21st century and soon acclimate to the slow, easy-going atmosphere. The country is mostly composed of mountains, hills, and plateaus, as well as the Mekong that literally translates into ‘Mother of River’ of the Southeast Asia providing a perfect environment for a variety of minorities to settle. There are four main tribal groups in Laos, but besides the living environment, there is little difference in their simplistic, laidback, and positive worldviews.

A place in which time seems unaffected.


Once you immerse yourself in Happiness Virus doing nothing for once and recharging your body, you will find the true meaning of happiness that you would never want to go back. A Laotian crispy rice salad Nam Khao that you eat after lazy sleep-ins. Nibbling on chewy rice in bamboo bits by bits with your hand, add some coconut and sugar to create an impeccable breakfast recipe. There’s also Khao Piak Sien, a rice noodle with chicken broth and other veggies. What about Tam Mak Hoong, a spicy Lao papaya salad garnished with special fish sauce to spice up your day? And of course, you can’t miss Lao-lao, a Laos rice whiskey to maximize the Laos-specific ‘slow happiness’ for both the locals and travelers.

We now live in a world in which ‘slowness’ is no longer an option. Laotians slow and lackadaisical lifestyle may seem foreign at first, but you will soon learn that your definition of ‘happiness’ is not the only definition, and learn to love the comfy-ness the ‘Art of Slowness’ brings you.

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