The Major Attractions you MUST SEE in Laos
15 Nov 2018 By Lily Pham
The land of Laos: Affordable and undiscovered but it certainly receives far fewer visitors than its neighbour Thailand, Vietnam.....A visit to Laos, you must stick to the exact same route Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane. For sure that you will realize that Laos wonderfully relaxed, friendly and particularly easy to travel around without getting any hassle you find in more touristy countries.
Whatever you’re looking for on your trip to Laos, I encourage you to engage the most beautiful places to visit in Laos where is our favourite destinations.
Luang Prabang – Destination of UNESCO World Heritage for its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values.
A trip to Laos is not complete without getting a visit to one of the most well-preserved cities in all of Asia – Luang Prabang. A treasure trove of old Buddhist temples, as well as lush landscapes the city is elegantly nestled between the Mekong - Nam Khan Rivers in the Northern Laos mountains. Visitors to Luang Prabang are charmed by the friendly atmosphere of this small town, where itself offers several unique insights into the history of the region that through preserved Buddhist temples, museum and a variety of Lao.
Major sites in Luang prabang you must see: Wat Xieng Thong, Mount Phou Si, Wat Visounnarath, Wat Manolom, Tad Kwang Si Waterfall, Tham Ting Caves, Ban Xang Hai Village, Tad Sae waterfall, Muang Ngoi Kao, the Nam Ou River
Si Phan Don - Group of islands in the Mekong River in Southern Laos - the 4000 Islands of Laos
This is a collection of sleepy islands in the Mekong River, an area known as the 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don) in the Champasak Region of the country. It’s considered as a great place to chill in a hammock. There are 3 main tourist islands to visit within the 4000 islands that including Don Khong, Don Det, and Don Khon
Important information :
- No banks or ATMs around this rural area. Landlord at guest house do offer with very low rates exchange. Make sure carry on enough Laos KIP
- Internet is available, however it’s very very expensive. Everage 3 – 5usd for per hours at coffee shop..YES, internet is available but unable access to facebook, twitter or even email…
How to get there:
- Tourist bus: the bus will leave Pakse in the morning hours 8am – 9am. Heads down to Don Khong and Don Det. Book directly to travel agents (around $$8) the ticket is included bus and boat comnination.
- Local transportation: Must get a bus at Songthaew station, the trip takes around 3hours with the cost is $$4.5. After arriving in Ban Nakasong one must hire a boat for $$2 to get to Don Det island
Bokeo Nature Reserve
One of the main highlights of our trip was really the Gibbon Experience in Laos, A place where we slept overnight in a treehouse in the middle of the Bokeo Nature Reserve! The experience of living in a treehouse in the middle of the forest was so tranquil and amazing.
Tham Kong Lo cave - widely regarded as one of the best caving experiences in the world
Tham Kong Lo Cave is hidden deep in the Phu Hin Bun wilderness of central Laos. This is considered as one of Southeast Asia's geological wonders with other-worldly stalactites, spooky limestone formations, as well as ceilings over 300 feet tall which make this flooded cave a highlight and bragging-point for many travelers in Laos. Aboard a private long tail boat you’ll discover the beautiful of the Nam Hin Bun River flows through the Ban Kong Lor Caves – allowing travelers to explore a little on foot in the total darkness throughout the 7 km cave.
Kuang Si Waterfall – The Most beauty waterfall you’ve seen
Kuang si waterfall is one of the highlight you must visit in your holiday to Laos. This is also the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream where the pools also make perfect swimming holes. It’s 23 km from town and takes approximately 45 minutes by tuk-tuk or other way
How to get kuang Si waterfall: by trekking a lush forest trail that winds through local villages, Tuk Tuk, Minivan, Boat, Riding a Motorbike, Cycling
Vang Vieng - The birth of a backpacker’s paradise
Most people has known of Vang Vieng as a backpacker’s destination, is one the most ideal site for young people from all over the world congregate to drink happy shakes and float down the river on tubes in a drunken stupor. Vang Vieng is a bumpy eight hour van ride South of Luang Prabang, far from North of Vientiane is four-hours. Vang Vieng boasts a natural beauty, located on the Nam Song where is surrounded by a picturesque backdrop of limestone karsts and farmland.
What to do in Vang Vieng? Here is great place for rock-climbing activities. In addition, There are hill and cave treks, kayaking, tubing, rope swinging playing rattan ball, volleyball games in mud pits and of course the Song River is the centre for most of the activities.
Muang Ngoi Neua – Surrounded by majestic mountains and no electricity
Muang Ngoi Neua is one hour’s boat ride north of Luang Prabang and the riverside village consists of a single path that is only 100 meters long. There is nothing for you to do here besides hiking through the mountains. There are no vehicles or even bicycle in the village. There is generator powered electricity just provided for a few hours in the evening. If you’re looking to get away, at Muang Ngoi Neua you won’t find a more peaceful place to do it. Therefore it’s still well worth a look for its natural beauty and appeal
Pha That Luang - Laos’ most important Buddhist monument
Pha That Luang is the most important monument of Laos. The large golden stupa in Vientiane is believed to enshrine a breast bone of the Buddha. On the other hand, the pagoda also known as That Luang is officially named Pha Chedi Lokajulamani. Pha That Luang is steeped in history and is definitely worth a visit.
The Mekong River - the largest river in Southeast Asia
With stretching for 2,703 miles, this is considered as the largest river in Southeast Asia. This river originates in the Yunnan Province of China. If traveling to southern Laos, forming the boundary between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and the path of the Mekong crosses Cambodia, then ends in southern Vietnam. While overlooking the muddy Mekong is a great way to enjoy a meal in town.
Vieng Xai - the Hidden City
Located at Laos’ northern end. An elaborate hidden city built beneath the Earth where were home to 23,000 people during the war, a movie theatre, military barracks, hospital and many shops around. So those are some of the most amazing and beautiful sights to behold in Laos.
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