Popular destinations in Laos
Luang Prabang, which was once the capital of both the French protectorate of Laos and the Lan Xang Kingdom, is located at the confluence of the Mekong River and Nam Khan. Luang Prabang was safeguarded as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because it is the region where Southeast Asian traditions and colonial architecture are most thoroughly maintained. Visiting this place, you won’t be able to help but be charmed by Luang Prabang’s magnificent temples and distinctive French architecture.
Once known as a party destination for years, Vang Vieng town now is known as a calm oasis for enjoying nature and life. You can get a stroll along the lifeblood of Vang Vieng, Nam Song River, or if you like adventure, you can try kayaking or tubing to take in the scenery from a different perspective. Buddha Park is another must-see destination. This park is a garden which contains over 200 statues made of concrete with different sizes and shapes. Exploring famous caves such as Tham Jang o Tham Phoukham to see numerous beautiful stalactites, rare stalagmites is also one of the favorite activities of tourists.
The Mekong River is the backbone and lifeblood of this landlocked country as it flows from Laos’ far north to its extreme south. It crosses the capital city of Vientiane halfway through its voyage. Vientiane is a riverfront city that is sometimes disregarded by tourists on a tight schedule but is worth a quick visit to see another aspect of life in Laos. A valuable addition to your trip across Laos is spending some time learning about the country’s larger history and seeing the capital’s sophisticated ginger in contrast to the spirituality of Luang Prabang and the wild magnificence of the far south.
Pakse is a town that runs along the banks of the Mekong River. It is quite less touristy, pristinely natural with landscapes & authentic with local cultures which will offer you countless interesting things to do. You can walk down the city to explore the French colonial architecture near the Xe Don River. Spend time at Wat Luang, one of the most beautiful temples in Pakse to see meticulously designed and carved decorative details. In the afternoon, it will be great to climb to Wat Phousalao which is famous for its Buddha statue overlooking the Mekong River. From there, travelers will have a panoramic view of Peksa town and catch the beautiful sunset.