By Andrew Burke
Notice LaosWeave your personal course in the course of the temple-lined streets of global Heritage-listed Luang Prabang.Find out why Katang villagers sleep with their heads pointed in the direction of an outdoor wall.Explore the traditional Khmer's 'imitation of heaven' at mystical Wat Phu Champasak.Join locals for a riverside Beerlao because the sunlight units over the Mekong in Vientiane.In This Guide:Three authors, 1472 hours of on-the-road learn, sixty one mapsOur consultant is devoted to offering tourists with environmentally and culturally acutely aware shuttle adviceVisit lonelyplanet.com for up to the moment experiences, updates and traveller insights
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All too often the name of the game is short-term gain. Around 85% of Laos is mountainous terrain, and less than 4% is considered arable. Hunting & Overfishing The majority of Lao citizens derive most of their protein from food culled from nature, not from farms or ranches. How threatening traditional hunting habits are to species survival in Laos is debatable given the nation’s extremely sparse population. But, combined with habitat loss, hunting for food is placing increasing pressure on wildlife numbers.
For more information, see p301 and the boxed text, Responsible Trekking on p204. Phongsali (p210) From Phongsali. One to five-day treks in remote hills, overnighting in Akha and Up Noi villages. Treks are moderately easy and the emphasis is on culture. Nam Ha NPA (p198) From Luang Nam Tha. One to four-day treks into this wild and wonderful area. Over 10 treks offered, the most popular including homestays in hilltop Akha villages. This is a true eco-experience. Muang Sing (p203) From Muang Sing.
Wildlife Trade in Laos: The End of the Game (2001), by Hanneke Nooren & Gordon Claridge, is a frightening description of animal poaching in Laos. © Lonely Planet Publications 74 Food & Drink Ant Egg Soup (2004), by Natacha du Pont de Bie, is a well-written account of the author’s encounters with food while travelling through Laos, garnished with recipes and line drawings. Lao food doesn’t have the variety and depth of the more famous cuisines of neighbouring China, Thailand and Vietnam, but you can eat well in Laos if you take the time to learn a little about the cuisine while you’re there.