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What to see in Laos

Laos Attractions


Sightseeing in Laos usually incorporates religious sites and the many natural attractions of the country. Near Vientiane, Xiang Khouan is a religious park that has integrated Buddhist statues into a river meadow landscape. Vientiane also boasts the most impressive religious site of the country: That Luang, an enormous and ornate stupa within the city. The serene and historic city of Luang Prabang is near beautiful religious locations such as the Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong and the Pak Ou Caves, which all house ancient Buddhist statues and relics. Another great Laos tourist attraction is the beautiful cave of Tham Phou Kham in Vang Vieng. Visitors to Phonsavan can marvel at hundreds of enormous stone jars strewn about a meadow for mysterious reasons in ancient times. The area also hosts a number of other tourist sights and activities such as a Mines Advisory Group (MAG) centre, a silk farm and tours of the local villages.

Travellers looking for fun activities in Laos can hire inner tubes and float down the warm rivers that criss-cross the country (often with refreshing cocktails in hand). These sorts of languid activities are typical delights in Laos, which is a laid-back and beautiful country lending itself more to leisurely exploration than a frenzy of organised sightseeing.

Northern Laos is very accessible and generally tends to attract most of the tourists travelling to Laos. However, eastern and southern Laos are well off the tourist trail, for the moment, and richly rewarding for those willing to make the effort and have an adventure - the hiking trails are particularly worthwhile.


Kuang Si Falls

Frequently the top-rated attraction in Luang Prabang according to tourists, the beautiful multi-tiered Kuang Si Falls…

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Pak Ou Caves

About two hours by boat from Luang Prabang lie the Pak Ou Caves, which are only accessible from the water. This attraction…

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Phou Si

Phou Si is a hill near the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, filled with temples. It is visible all over town…

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Plain of Jars (Phonsavan)

The mysterious Plain of Jars in the Xiang Khouang province is an unusual sight, and a must-visit tourist attraction for…

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Royal Palace (Haw Kham)

The former Royal Palace, a mixture of French and Lao architecture, is now a museum preserving the possessions of the…

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Si Phan Don

The famous 4,000 Islands region of Laos unfolds at the tail of the Mekong River in the far south of the country, lapping…

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That Luang (Royal Stupa)

The Royal Stupa is a symbol of Buddhism and Lao rule, and is Laos' most important religious building. A wonderful sight…

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Wat Xieng Thong (Golden City Temple)

The most enchanting monastery in the country, and probably its most talked-about tourist attraction, is the magnificent…

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Xieng Khouan (Buddha Park)

The site known as Buddha Park is a bizarre collection of Buddhist and Hindu statues scattered around a riverside meadow,…

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