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Highlights of Laos

Important information you need to know before you visit this country.

  • Vientiane is capital city, located along a bend of the Mekong River in the northwest of the country, the city exudes a laid back atmosphere and old-world charm with its mix of Chinese shophouses and French colonial architecture.

    The tree-lined boulevards and low traffic density makes the city an ideal place for walking and exploring ancient temples and pagodas including Wat Ho Phakeo, a former royal temple, and Wat Sisaket, one of the capital’s oldest temples which houses hundreds of small Buddha images.

    • Thatluang-Hongkae, Vientiane, Laos

    • Traffic on the road in Vientiane, Laos

    • Overview, Vientiane Province, Laos

    • Buddha Park in southeast of Vientiane, Laos.

    • night market in Vientiane, Laos

  • Vang Vieng has become a destination for those keen to enjoy adventure activities such as kayaking, caving and rock climbing.

    The main attraction is the spectacular landscape and towering limestone rock formations riddled with caves.

    Over the year the town has become quite popular with backpackers for its river tubing and social cafes and bars. While tubing in the river near Vang Vieng has become a popular activity, we would like to remind you that this can be a dangerous activity. The river can be unpredictable, there are hidden rapids and rocks.

    • Rice field with locals in Vang Vieng, Laos

  • Luang Prabang, once the royal seat of the Lane Xang Kingdom or “Land of a Million Elephants”, is a sleepy town nestled in a mountain valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers in north central Laos.

    Considered as the centre of Lao culture, the city offers a fascinating glimpse into the Buddhist religious practice and traditional lifestyle of the various hill-tribe groups in this northern region.

    The town is endowed with a picturesque landscape of palm lined riverbanks, ornate golden temples, and ancient monuments amongst the backdrop of the towering Mt. Phousi.

    It is no wonder that UNESCO declared Luang Prabang as a World Heritage Site in 1995 describing it as an “outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries.”

    • Country side view in Laos

    • Waterfalls in Luang Prabang, Laos

    • Ethnic Minority Girls in Laos

    • Pagoda in Luangprabang, Laos

  • Situated in southern Laos, near the Thai border, Pakse is the capital of Champasak province.

    The town itself features Franco-Chinese style architecture and a colourful market stocked with fresh produce grown in the nearby Bolaven Plateau, a highland region inhabited by a number of ethnic minority groups.

    The main attraction in Pakse is the Khmer-Hindu archaeological ruin of Wat Phu Champasak which was built by the founder of the first Khmer empire, Jayavarman II. It is much smaller than Cambodia’s Angkor Wat but still a rival to that ancient empire.

    Other attractions in the Champasak region include the 4,000 islands of Si Phan Don near the Cambodian border; elephant trekking in Ban Khiet Ngong; Southeast Asia’s widest waterfall, Khone Phapeng; and insight into authentic, traditional Laotian life on the islands of Don Khone and Don Deng near Champasak Town.

FAQ

Where is Laos?

Laos is a peaceful land-locked nation, is one of Southeast Asia’s hidden gems. The stunning natural beauty of forested mountains and valleys teeming with wildlife, combined with a fascinating Buddhist culture make Laos a superb destination for those seeking an adventurous and authentic cultural experience.

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