WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN LAOS?
Here are 13 things to do and see while traveling in Laos:
1. LUANG PRABANG
Located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Laos’ most beautiful city has many temples, especially the superb Wat Xieng Thong. To see the sunset, go to Phu Si Hill. Still towards Luang Prabang, go and see the Kuang Si waterfalls.
- Don’t forget to book your hotel in Luang Prabang on Booking.com
2. VANG VIENG
Best known among backpackers for tubing, Vang Vieng is a beautifully located city and where to do many activities, such as climbing or even a balloon flight to admire the scenery.
- Don’t forget to book your hotel in Vang Vieng on Booking.com
Not essential to visit, but if you have to go through the capital of Laos, visit That Luang, the most important Buddhist building in the country. To see at sunset. Another temple not to be missed is Wat Sisaket. In Vientiane you can also see old buildings with French colonial architecture and visit the strange Buddha Park.
- Don’t forget to book your hotel in Vientiane on Booking.com
4. THE PLAIN OF JARS
A rather strange site in northeastern Laos where you can see huge old abandoned urns.
5. DO TREKKING IN PHONGSALI
A city with a Chinese influence rather difficult to access, the most populated of northern Laos and from which one can explore the surrounding countryside by doing a trek of one or more days.
6. NONG KHIAW VILLAGE
A quiet village located in a beautiful natural site where you can relax for several days, and from where you can explore the area by bike or kayak on the Nam Ou River. From Nong Khiaw, you can also do the trek of the “100 waterfalls”.
7. VIENG XAI CAVES
A village surrounded by monumental karst hills. Not easy to access, Vieng Xai’s main attraction is its network of caves used as shelter for nearly ten years by the Pathet Lao (a communist paramilitary group) and their families during the Indochina War.
8. SLEEP IN THE JUNGLE WITH GIBBON EXPERIENCE
An ecotourism project near Huay Xai (northwestern Laos) that allows you to sleep in trees and travel by zip line over the forest.
9. TAKE THE BOAT ON THE MEKONG
The descent of the Mekong between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang will take you through beautiful landscapes and discover the lives of villagers on the longest river in Southeast Asia, as well as meet other backpackers and locals.
10. KONG LOR CAVE
A 7.5km long cave that can be explored by boat. Remember to take a good flashlight with you.
11. PLATEAU OF BOLAVENS WATERFALLS
Accessible 40km from Pacsé, the waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau (or Bolaven) are surrounded by the jungle and offer a breathtaking view. They are located in a national park at an altitude of about 1000 meters in the south of Laos. To explore ideally by scooter or motorcycle.
12. WAT PHOU TEMPLE
An archaeological complex of Khmer ruins dating from the sixth to the twelfth century that offers a superb view, in the province of Champasak.
13. THE 4000 ISLANDS (SI PHA DON)
Also in Champasak province, near the border with Cambodia, Si Pha Don is a group of islands located on the Mekong River, where you can see many fishing villages and relax.
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