Laos tourism has never been in a high rank in the Southeast Asian map of many visitors’ trip, but if having a chance to visit this place, the beautiful peaceful country will bring you many surprises.
1. Sitting on a boat on the Mekong River at sunset
As a landlocked country, it makes sense when the river is regarded as the soul of the country of Laos. If you have the opportunity to cruise on a boat down the Mekong River, especially at dusk, you can see the small villages where the daily livelihoods of people drifting on water line.
2. The wild beauty of Phongsaly
Phongsaly Province is located at the northernmost of Laos. Because not affected by commercial activities, tourists can delight in exploring the pristine beauty of the people and the mountains here.
3. Mystic Plain of Jars
The famous Xieng Khouang Plain of Jars in Laos is a place of mystery, a tourist attraction in Laos. No one can surely explain why these jars were placed here. However, an assumption was made that this is the burial of old people (from the Stone Age).
4. Enjoy the waterfalls in Bolaven Plateau
Bolaven Plateau, known as “coffee heaven”, is in southern Laos, famous for many beautiful waterfalls located deep in the jungle. The waterfalls are spectacular, wide and extend to several levels with strong alluvial flows in rainy season.
5. Luang Prabang – the city with lots of ancient imprint
Though not owning many magnificent temple complexs like Cambodia, the temples in Laos were designed in an unique and very creative way. Most Laotians are Buddhists, so you will easily encounter an impressive temple on the road during your discovery. Best place for you to visit the temple system in Laos is Luang Prabang – the beautiful ancient heritage city.
6. Enjoy the unique cuisine of Laos
Remarkabale feature of Lao cuisine is fresh, simple processing but the taste is still very tasty and different. You can sample dishes such as: papaya salad, Laap, Lao noodle, greaves rolled with vegetables … Under the influence of the French during the war before, the Lao dishes are often eaten in combination with bread. Also, beer Lao is also worth a try.
7. Explore the caves in Vang Vieng
We can say, Vang Vieng is a “discovery paradise” to attract millions of backpacker from all over the world. With the scenery which is considered one of the most beautiful in Laos, Vang Vieng riverside town is where young people converged in the spectacular cave and rapid conquests.
8. The ideal place for Trekking
Laos, covered by dense forests, is an ideal place for those who like trekking through the jungle to challenge themseves. This also is an opportunity for tourists to explore remote villages with unique practices.
9. Shopping in Savannakhet
Places like Savannakhet are famous for series of stores built in ancient French style, would be interesting stopover for the shopaholic.
10. The beauty of Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang is the name of a massive gilded stupa in beautiful Vientiane. This is an important monument and also a great pride for the people in “Land of a Million Elephants”
Built on an old Khmer temple in the 16th century, this great tower temple always keeps its diversified architectural beauty as well as always glares despite of so much ups and downs of history.
11. Beautiful landscape of Si Phan Don
Si Phan Don is a vast archipelago located in the southernmost of Laos, where the gentle Mekong flows through Khone waterfalls before joining the major rivers in Cambodia. Si Phan Don gives travelers a ravishing water-colour painting with its islands.
12. The beauty of the sacred temple Wat Phou
Wat Phou, the oldest temple in Laos, is recognized as a World Heritage in 2001 by UNESCO. The ancient temple was built in 5th century, used to be the heart of Hinduism, worshipping Shiva.
Also known as the “Temple Mount” by the locals, it is situated under the foot of Mount Phou Kao (Elephant Mountain), Champasak Province, 670 km south of Vientiane capital.
13. Laos Massage
Laos traditional massage and sauna is the best therapy to soothe the body after a long journey on foot through the jungle. The mixture of herbs (or tea) in the sauna is the secret to the success of this therapy.
14. The ancient appearance of Wat Xieng Thong
This is the most beautiful and important temple of Luang Prabang with Lao typical architecture, curved roof falling close to the ground. Wat Xieng Thong is the main temple, surrounded by smaller temples with same architectural style, forming a beautiful landscape.
15. The textile products of traditional crafts
Tourists to Laos are so excited to watch the embroidery, hand-woven products by artisans. Each ethnic has their own characteristics shown in each handmade products and make them more unique souvenirs.
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