Top Attractions in Laos
Luang Prabang is considered to be the spiritual capital of Laos and, among many, considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang is centrally located in the north of Laos, between the Nam Khan River and the Mekong River and surrounded by mountains. The cultural and religious heritage in the country (as well as the architecture) has been incredibly well-preserved, displaying both traditional Laotian aspects as well as the French colonial influence.
Mount Phousi, located in Luang Prabang, rises 150 meters above the city. Guests will climb 328 steps to the to the top to experience beautiful panoramas of the city and the surrounding landscapes. It is a very popular place to watch the sunset over the gorgeous city of Luang Prabang.
Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers
A trip to Laos is not complete without taking a cruise on one of these beautiful rivers. Whether you are traveling to Kamu Lodge or Pak Ou Caves or just meandering along and stopping in the local villages, these river cruises are enjoyable for all kinds of travelers. It is also a good way to catch a glimpse into the lives of the people that live in the villages located on the river banks and to see the importance that the rivers play in their day to day lives.
Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong is the most sacred temple in all of Laos. It is located in Luang Prabang and was built between 1550 and 1560 by the Lao King at the time. The temple is a preserved example of traditional Lao architecture, religion, and culture and continues to be one of the most visited site in the country.
The Bolaven Plateau is a beautiful area of Laos and many tourists take time to rent a motorbike to ride through the area. While you’re there, visit some of the nearby waterfalls, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and visit some of the local tribal villages to learn more about the ethnic minorities in Laos and what makes each group unique.
Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars is exactly what it sounds like — a vast expanse of land, scattered with ancient stones in the shape of jars. No one knows where they came from which makes the mysterious phenomenon even more worth the visit!
Following the Mekong River deep into the south of Laos, travelers will reach a point where the river expands to 10km wide. This is where the mystical 4000 islands are located, amidst the flowing river waters. The water level in this region changes so drastically that during the wet season some of the islands are completely covered with water. Tourists usually choose to stay on Don Dhet, Don Khon, and Don Khong and take a boat from there to explore the surrounding areas and experience the natural phenomenon of the 4000 islands.
Pak Ou Caves
The Pak Ou Caves (also known at Tham Ting and Tham Theung) are located two hours north (by boat) of Luang Prabang and overlook the Mekong River. The beautiful limestone caves are filled with hundreds of gold-lacquered statures of the Buddha of all sizes.
Trekking 100 Waterfalls
Departing from the small town of Nong Khiaw, this trek will take you through small streams and rice paddies before arriving at the bottom of the “100 Waterfalls”. The next few hours will be spent surrounded by jungles as you trek through the beautiful area, admiring the cascading water all around you.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Do not miss this three-tiered waterfall near Luang Prabang! Swim in the clear blue pools and trek around the beautiful area. There is also a bear sanctuary nearby where guests can learn about Asiatic Black Bears and don’t forget about the Kuang Si Butterfly Garden!
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