Best Attractions in Laos You Must Visit

14th January, 2019 | Article By GoAsiaDayTrip

Laos is a country with many overwhelmingly, beautiful scenes and a place perfect for adventurous travellers. Discover the top 10 magnificent attractions in this amazing country with us now!

  1. Best Attractions in Laos – Bokeo Nature Reserve

It was built for the purpose of preserving black cheeked gibbons – animals almost extinct. Visiting here you should also experience life at the Gibbon Experience Zone, an ecotourism project combined with conservation.

Guests will be able to live in the trees and go around by zipline. This reserve is also home to many species of elephants, bears, tigers and water buffalo. Also the breeding and natural rearing of rare animals is carried out here and it is an ideal location to observe many rare birds at altitude, from 500 to 1500 meters.

  1. Nong Kiau

Best attractions in Laos – Nong Kiau, also known as Nong Khiaw, is an attractive tourist destination in Luang Prabang and popular for hiking type tourism. The bridge connecting the two shores of Nong Kiau crossing Nam Ou River is the place visitors should head for.

From this bridge, visitors can admire the magnificent scenery of mountains and rivers. Adventure lovers can explore Tok Pha Cave located about 2km from the village, which is also the place where villagers resided during the Indochina war. Nong Kiau is a relatively backward village, so visitors should not expect high quality service here.

  1. Tham Kong Lo

Tham Kong Lo is a limestone cave located in Phu Hin Bin national park. Located on Phu Hin Bin River, this is one of the geological wonders of the famous Southeast Asian region. The cave is more than 6.5 km long and up to 91 meters high.

Inside the cave there are emerald lakes where people worship as they think the colour of the water reflection is of Indra, a Hindu deity. Tourists coming here can visit by boat and choose an overnight accommodation which is quite simple as well.

  1. Luang Namtha

Luang Namtha provincial capital is the largest city in the northwestern region of Laos. This location is well known to people who love climbing, particularly visitors from China who come to climb the Laos mountains.

Guests can visit the villages of ethnic minority people here by crossing the hills. Also, renting a motorbike or mountain bike is a great way to visit the villages or the nearby waterfall, guests can relax with an herbal bath after a day of exploring as well. The night market here is also an ideal place to enjoy many interesting specialties.

  1. Si Phan Don

This is a beautiful island group located on the Mekong River system in southern Laos. The Mekong River flows through here, although the Khone waterfalls and a string of reefs extending to some 9.7 km paralyze all means of waterway, this is a fantastic location for tourists to enjoy!

Waterfall basin also has the Irrawaddy, which are an endangered species of dolphin. Three main islands here are Don Det, Don Khon and Done Kong which are very attractive stopping points for tourists, accommodation offered on the islands is in simple guest houses. Motorcycles and kayaks can be rented in town.

  1. Phonsavan

Phonsavan is an ideal destination to experience the feeling of ‘The West’ – America, right here in Laos. A bullfighting festival is also held here every New Year and it is the location of the famous Plain of Jars – an ancient architectural complex with astonishing many jars half buried in the ground.

  1. Wat Phu

This is a religious complex of ancient Khmer, located on Phu Kao Mountain (Champasak Province). The temple ruins show Hindu architecture dating from the 11th century to the 13th century, it was once part of the Khmer empire stretching from Angkor to the southwest of Cambodia. Wat Phu may be small, if compared to Angkor, but the sprawl space, the crocodile marsh and broken trunk has created a mysterious atmosphere for this place.

  1. Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a tourism city, four hours drive from Vientiane. It was founded in the early 14th century with the name Mouang, but the French changed it to the current name when they occupied the city.

It is famous thanks to the hills of limestone. With its location along the Nam Song River, there are many activities for visitors such as kayaking, snorkeling or hiking and visitors can also take a tour around the locality to explore villages of ethnic Hmong.

  1. Vientiane

The capital of Laos was once a French colony so visitors can easily encounter the influence of the French on the streets. The most attractive destination here is Pha That Luang – a Buddhist architectural structure dating from 1586, 49 meters high and said to preserve the treasures of Buddhism. One other point of interest is Wat Si Muang – a city built on the ruins of the ancient Khmer temple. This is the right place for tourists who love to buy silk!

  1. Luang Prabang

This is the most famous tourist destination and used to be the capital of Laos. Luang Prabang located at the confluence of two rivers which are Mekong and Nam Khan, the city is the gathering place of many monasteries and Buddhist temples.

Around here there are plenty of waterfalls and in some places visitors can ride elephants to tour around. The night market at the end of the main street is also the ideal place to buy souvenirs or to enjoy some of Laos’ local cuisine.

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