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Best Places to Visit in Laos of 2017

  • 01 Wat Long Khoun

    Wat Long Khoun
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    Wat Long Khun also known as Long Khoun is the Monastary of Happy or Blessed Song also popular as the Monastery of the Willow Stream has been sited attractively on a 1.5 hectare flat area on top of a stairway leading to the right bank of River Mekong nearly directly across the river from the Wat Xieng Thong. An original meditation room that was previously used by the kings is still intact inside with the living quarters of the monks built in the model of a traditional wooden outhouse.



    The entrance into the 1937 portico can be seen to be guarded by 2 huge Chinese statues with an entire porch supported by elegant eight black and gold columns that are topped with the lotus petals. The temple features deities and variety of other carvings and statues including red ceiling with the dharma wheels, artful peacocks and other mythical creatures stenciled intricately. It opens daily from 08:00 to 17:00. The charges for entrance are about $1US. The temple can be reached by boat.


  • 02 Vat that Khao

    Vat that Khao
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    This place is situated right beside a place called Vat That Luang which is believed to be the most sacred and believed place in Lao. The place called Luang was established in the 300bc and is believed to be the most sacred as it contain the sacred relic in the form of Buddha’s breastbone. That Khao is believed to be a beautiful and splendid reclining in the form of biggest Buddha situated in the Lao. It is however thought of as big as the Wat Pho which is located in the Bangkok.

     

    However as in Thailand where there are many places of tourist attraction and that almost attracts the tourists towards them, this place is devoid of such tourist attraction. This place is famous for its Buddhist temple and is located across the road in place called Royal Park. Tourists are said to be attracted towards this place because of the Buddhist temple that are situated right there and is famous for it only.


  • 03 COPE Visitor Centre

    COPE Visitor Centre
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    If you visit beautiful Lao PDR, we invite you to come to the COPE Visitor Centre in Vientiane, where you can learn more about COPE. There are a range of things to see and do. Take time to wander through our large free exhibit where you will learn about the UXO problem in Lao PDR and the work undertaken by COPE and the CMR to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs.

    As part of the exhibition you can watch a number of excellent documentary films about UXOs and COPE. Inside the COPE Visitor Centre you will find our gift shop where you can purchase t-shirts, postcards, and other items or simply make a donation. You can also enjoy custom made ice cream and hot and cold drinks at our Karma Cafe.


    Highlights
    – Explore the free exhibit, Purchase unique gifts or make a donation Location – Boulevard Khouvieng, Vientiane, Laos

    Opening Hours
    : 9am to 6pm


  • 04 Mount Phousi

    Mount Phousi
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    Mount Phousi rises about 150mtrs from the centre of Luang Prabang and is located between the Thanon Sisavangvong and the Thanon Phousi. From the summit, a 360-degree spectacular look of the city with River Mekong to the north, River Khan to its south and east, with all the temples, and surrounding landscape with the mountains has been marked favorite by tourists. When it comes to climbing Mount Phousi there are numerous steps. However the climb is gentle for one with reasonable health.



    The popular time for visiting Mount Phousi is in the late afternoon, to watch the sunset over the Luang Prabang and surrounding countryside. For a much awaited peaceful experience, the sunrise view is worth catching, especially from the hill top. The Thanon Phousi staircase is comprising 355 steps zigzagging up till the summit, is well paved, offering several resting spots all along. The Wat Tham Phousi shrine, featuring a huge-bellied Buddha nestling in a grotto and reclining Buddha can be spotted halfway up on the hill. The golden Wat Chomsi, built in 1804 sits on top of Mount Phousi.


  • 05 That Luang

    That Luang
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    Laos is popular for Buddhist stupas. In the heart of Laos you will find Pha That Luang, which is covered with gold and huge in size. Pha That Luang was established before 5thcentury. The best time to visit the stupa in the morning after 8am or after 1pm. Closing time of the stupa is 4pm. You can rent the religious uniform of the stupa, if you want. This stupa is 45meters in height and made like pyramid in pattern. To enter you need to pay 50,000 kip.



    Luang had been through a lot. So this stupa has been reconstructed several times because of damage. Finally, a new design and art of the stupa was created by an architect from France in 18thcentury. Pha That Luang is so large that you need to have lot of time in your hand to explore the whole temple. This Lao culture will definitely impress you.


  • 06 Wat Mai Suwannapumaram

    Wat Mai Suwannapumaram
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    The Wat Mai Suwannapumaram is a popular attraction in Luang Prabang. Situated next to the famous Royal Palace Museum along the Sisavong Vang Road lays this early nineteenth century temple, the Wat Mai Suwannapumaram (popular as 'Wat Mai' to majority). The sim of this particular temple escaped destruction by Chinese Haw, according to few sources this sim was too beautiful to be destroye



     The four tier roof highlights religious architecture of Luang Prabang. However, more impressive are its wood carvings and the gold-leaf murals on main pillars along with the portico entrance to this temple. The intricate panels depict the last life of Buddha. During Bun Pimai festival or the Lao New Year, for purposes of ritual cleansing, the Prabang sacred Buddha image is carried from Royal Palace to Wat Mai. An entrance fee of 10,000 Kips (US $1) are charged from foreign tourists to visit the Wat Mai Suwannapumaram.


  • 07 Night Market of Luang Prabang

    Night Market of Luang Prabang
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    The Vientiane night market (‘Night Market’, the ‘Night Market Riverside’, or the ‘Riverside Market’) is basically a makeshift outdoor market, which disappears and reappears every night, along banks of River Mekong River, in vicinity of park Chao Anouvong. This night market reflects a reddish shade due to bulbs illuminating hundreds of positions in the market of theRed awnings. Though the night market is aimed mostly for tourists, the local population also joins the night market.



    The Luang Prabang Night Market perhaps has most extensive collection of handicrafts, with wide range of textiles, carvings, clothing, quilts, basketry, and much more. There are stalls selling mobile accessories and also other gadgets related to music and kind. The only thing which isn’t sold is food; however, there are a chain of restaurants on the other side of that street. The night market has always been a good place for buying souvenirs of Vientiane or for other souvenirs. The night market Opens every day at 18:00 to 22:00, 20:00.


  • 08 Tad Thong Waterfall

    Tad Thong Waterfall
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    For years, this path was hidden from the public but is open again to let the world witness the beauty of the natural jungle and waterfalls. The waterfalls usually are spring fed, as are many of the falls in this area, which naturally reduce to a trickle as the dry season comes to an end - but Tad Thong is more impressive and known for a Jungle walk, so the waterfalls are sort of a bonus, as claims tourists and not the primary reason for a visit.

    Tad Thong gives an opportunity of taking a short but vigorous hike through the jungles, and a spring-fed pool to a place entirely to oneself. The Tad Thong has always been a place of must visit as it is a quiet spot ideal for a long, nice nature walk with butterflies and beautiful falls and only a few tourists with friendly locals.


  • 09 Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center

    Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center
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    The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (or the TAEC) is more than merely a museum and a boutique of fine handicrafts. Located at the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Lao, PDR, TAEC has been the single independent resource centre that is dedicated to the country's diverse and multiple ethnic groups. Established back in 2006, the TAEC preserves, collects and interprets the traditional arts and the lifestyles of the ethnic groups.



    This Centre has further expanded to include the growing collection of ethnic minority artefacts, a library, and TAEC Cafe for the special events. Back in July 2014, the TAEC opened TAEC Boutique, the stand-alone shop that featured the finest hand-crafted items from the minority artisans. In Luang Prabang the visit to the TAEC is justified and a must do. One can extend the visit for a cup of coffee and delicious French pastry at the Le Patio Café and stop by Museum’s Shop for purchasing their fair-trade handicrafts.


  • 10 Tad Sae Waterfall

    Tad Sae Waterfall
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    The Tat Sae Waterfalls popular as the Tad Sae Waterfalls are those waterfalls situated along the tributary of River Nam Khan in Luang Prabang, Laos about 18 kilometers southeast of Luang Prabang and 2 kilometers from village Bak En. The falls flow over the limestone formations among trees. Takes about an hour to reach by a tuk tuk or a shared minivan and a fee of 10,000 kip (or $1.25) is charged for a round boat trip to the fall from riverbank.



    The rainy season has always been marked as the ideal time for a visit to the falls; as December to July stays dry. The limestone cascades have always been a sight worth seeing. A number of pools wait the dry feet. Picnicking is a popular pastime at these falls. Elephants are often hired for a joyride. . Elephant tour operators offer this option as the last leg of the trip, however in the dry seasons they skip it.


  • 11 Wat Sokpaluang

    Wat Sokpaluang
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    Spas and massage shops are in plentiful supply in Vientiane, offering something for every budget. But for something more memorable, take the three kilometre trip out of the centre to Wat Sok Pa Luang, and down a path to the side of the temple you will find a rickety old jungle house offering Lao massage and traditional herbal spa; a hand-painted sign points the way.

    The traditional massage and herbal sauna experience at Wat Sok Pa Luang isn’t for everyone as the facilities are basic, on the other end of the spectrum to a fancy hotel spa treatment, without the sycophantic staff or exclusiveness. But what you do get is the most authentic experience, with true Laotian hospitality and massage beds so close to the forest you can reach out and touch it.



    Highlights
    – Healthy herbal sauna Lao-style, in the leafy grounds of Wat Sok Pa Luang.

    Location
    – Vientiane , Laos Opening

    Hours
    : 1pm to 7pm


  • 12 Wat Sensoukaram

    Wat Sensoukaram
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    Located on one of the main street on Sakkarin Road, Old Quarter, Luang Prabang is the Wat Sensoukaram which does not require an admission fee. It dates back to 1718 and features beautiful ruby walls. Many tourists claim that it resembles Wat Maysouvanhnaphoumaram, but it’s worth visiting the Wat Sensoukharam. The same gold and black scheme of colors presides over majority of the temple, and pairs well with blue skies. Wat Sensoukharam is also popular as Wat Sen.



    The temple had been originally built with 100.000 stones from River Mekong, for this, its name in Laotian culture means the “Temple of 100.000 treasures”. This whole temple had been restored back in 1957. If one is walking from Mount Phu Si along the Sakkarin Road towards Wat Xieng Thong one is bound to pass Wat Sen. Wat Sensoukaram’s glorious red walls have earned a repuation as one of the most impressive temples of the city. It is a popular place for tourists to take part and watch Tak Bat.


  • 13 the National History Museum

    the National History Museum
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    The visit to the museum is a matter of great excitement and joy. There is a great admiration for all the exquisite and all the historical work of art presented by two of the masters of the scientific illustration. The journey is further excited as we are on to embark through space with an amazing photographic exhibition done by the great Michael Benson.

     

    There is an experience to remember for with the 3D reality of the virtual world exploring the coral reef, the largest in the world. The people should pass through the center for the stunning cocoon by Darwin. It is a day to be the scientists for a single day and thus exploring the science center.


  • 14 Wat Sisaket

    Wat Sisaket
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    Wat Si Saket situated in Vientiane is renowned for its group divider lodging a great many little Buddha pictures and lines with several situated Buddhas. These pictures for the most part date from the sixteenth and nineteenth hundreds of years and come in all sizes and are produced using wood, stone and bronze – more than 6,800 Buddhas altogether. In the event that meeting the sanctuary at a young hour in the morning, guests will go over the numerous local people that go to beg and make merit and in addition to offer nourishment to the friars. It is an enchanting day by day function to witness. The sanctuary is very shady as it is encompassed by tropical organic product trees.



    Highlights – Wat Si Saket, Vientiane, City on the Mekong, The Rugged Charm of the, Top of the Land of a Million Elephants

    Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 16:00

    Location: On Lan Xang Road (across the street from the Presidential Palace), Vientiane

    Prices: 5,000 Kip per person.


  • 15 Nong Khiaw

    Nong Khiaw
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    Nong Khiaw (Nong Kiau or Nong Kiew) is an excellent natural little town on the bank of the Ou River in Laos. It is crushed in the middle of the absolute most incredible limestone mountains north of Vang Vieng. Numerous voyagers go through in transit up stream to the much more disengaged Muang Ngoi, yet Nong Khiaw has an a lot of appeal, a nice scope of settlement, in addition to comforts, for example, 24 hour power and an association with the street system for those inspired by investigating the encompassing region. Nong Khiaw is basic in design and sufficiently little to stroll around. It's conceivable to lease a bicycle at the Riverside Bungalows and Delilah's to investigate the 2 streets and encompassing territory.



    Highlights – Indochina Traverse, Northern Laos Explorer, Laos Family Adventure

    Location - Northern Laos


  • 16 Mekong Riverside Park

    Mekong Riverside Park
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    The Vientiane Night Market is aimed primarily towards tourists, with clean, orderly stalls, and all manner of merchandise that make great souvenirs or mementos. It all begins around sunset when a small army of sellers begin setting up their red-roofed stalls directly on the riverside promenade. You can’t fail to see it. The whole riverside area is alive at this time with joggers and dog-walkers taking advantage of the cooling breezes and stunning backdrop of the sun lazily sinking into the Mekong river.

    Products on offer are fairly typical of night markets throughout the region. You will find a predictable array of Buddhist-inspired paintings and knickknacks, cheap sunglasses, and Beer Lao T-shirts. The clothes stalls tend to be geared towards the backpacker market with fishermen pants and one-size-fits-all dresses and skirts.



    Highlights
    – Built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, the three-headed elephant (aka Erawan and Airavata)

    Location
    – Night Market Quai Fa Ngum Vientiane Laos

    Best time to visit
    : 6pm to 7:30pm


  • 17 Wat Xieng Muan

    Wat Xieng Muan
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    The sim has been reportedly constructed during the mid-1800s, though the monastery is actually way older. The sculpture found inside is pleasing, and the ceiling has been painted with the gold nagas, an uncommon motif in such a position - possibly due to the influence of Thai Lu. Also, no table is an elaborate haang thien with the nagas at their ends. Backed by the Unesco and New Zealand, the Wat Xieng Muan has successfully been able to restore the monks' quarters to be used as a classroom for training the young novices and the monks in artistic skills required to maintain and to preserve the temples of Luang Prabang's.



     Wood-carving, Buddha-casting, painting are some of the skills taught, however, all of these came to a halt after 1975. The Wat Cieng Muan opensdaily from 8 in the morning to 5 pm in the evening. An Admission fee of about LAK 20,000 is usually charged.



  • 18 Royal Palace

    Royal Palace
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    In a well tended, spacious garden off Luang Prabang’s main boulevard (Thanon Sisavangvong), lies the wonderful Royal Palace Museum, also popular as Haw Kham. It's easy reaching the place. A walk up to the museum is easy. One can also opt for a rented motorcycle or bicycle in a cab or a tuk-tuk. The museum remains open from 08:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 16:00 daily except Tuesdays. The museum is the key if one is keen on knowing more about the Lao culture and history. T



    his museum had been a Royal Palace, built back in 1904 for the King Sisavangvong. One is bound to be impressed by the royal apartments well preserved. The exhibits of this museum include royal religious objects, statues, weapons, paintings and screens of centuries ago. On the mirrored Throne Hall, crown jewels of Laos can be seen. A room featuring murals that depict Lao life of the 1930s is worth visiting. There's also a new pavilion housing a 2,000 year-old, Prabang Buddha made of solid gold. The garage showcases the last king’s car collection.


  • 19 Wat Mixay

    Wat Mixay
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    The rooms at the modern-looking guesthouse are all air-con, come with a small cable TV, tile floor, hard spring mattress, some furniture and clean but teeny-tiny hot water bathrooms that could be the dictionary definition of “water closet”. This is a solid budget hotel with a more modern feel and English-speaking reception, which you don’t often get in this price range.

    We like the upper floors since they feel removed from the city busyness and some rooms, like #384, have two sets of windows. The owners are a friendly mob and there’s free WiFi in each room. It’s located right on a bustling corner, across from Wat Mixay, and the lobby has an attached cafe that’s a decent spot for emails and fruit shakes. With breakfast included in the tariff, this place is recommended.



    Highlights : One of the many Buddhist temples along Setthathilath Road in Vientiane, Laos.

    Location : Vientiane , Laos

    Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm


  • 20 Buddha Park

    Buddha Park
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    Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. The best spot for photography here is on top of the giant pumpkin structure standing about three stories high. The entrance is crafted to look like a demon’s mouth (about three metres high) with a stone ladder inside leading to a bird's eye view of the entire Xieng Kuan Park.

    The most outstanding ones include Indra, the king of Hindu gods riding the three-headed elephant (aka Erawan and Airavata), a four-armed deity sitting on a horse and an artistic deity with 12 faces and many hands, each holding interesting objects.



    Highlights
    – This explains why his park is full not only of Buddha images but also of Hindu gods as well as demons and animals from both beliefs.

    Location
    – Vientiane Capital

    Opening Hours-
     8am to 4pm


  • 21 Kuang Si Butterfly Park

    Kuang Si Butterfly Park
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    The forests near Kuang Si Waterfall have attracted butterflies. The Kuang Si Butterfly Park offers visitors the opportunity of appreciating them up close while you’re at the falls or at the bear sanctuary. Following the path from the entrance, through well-designed gardens, one comes across the pretty streams and eventually reaches the netted garden with beautiful and interesting butterflies.



    Several feeder stations are set up where fluttery insects allow a close-up and keep flocking. A fun “fish spa” has been set up to let the fishes nip on the skin. It’s worth a visit if one has been looking for something to do with the children and it also helps to escape the maddening crowds. It takes about 300 meters before entering Kuang Si Waterfalls, nearly 29km from the Luang Prabang. This butterfly park opens daily from 10:00 to 17:00.


    Top Things To Do in Kuang Si Butterfly Park

  • 22 Wat Chan

    Wat Chan
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    To view Thailand in a completely new way, one needs to go through all the unseen and unvisited places in Thailand such as a four-hour long drive to a place called Ban Wat Chan. This place is situated in the opposite side of the border. This place is not that famous as other places situated nearby such as Pai. If we are to judge from other’s point of view, it can be said that this place is the most amazing thing, and the college students are yet to explore them for the small beautiful mountains present.

     

    It can be said that Wan Chan is the situated in the most ancient and isolated location. But with the beautiful environment there that has been untouched and unharmed by any. The roads are beautifully curved and are unused by any.


  • 23 Lao People's Army Museum

    Lao People's Army Museum
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    The museum is situated in Vientiane in Laos, which is further located in the Defense Ministry on the Phomvihane road. This particular museum is said to establish in the year 1976. It is a house for all the important weapons and many such ancient tools and also contains the photographs of the army of the Lao People’s. These pictures were taken during the period starting from 1950 until the place was liberated and the people got independence leading to the establishment of their Democracy in the year of 1975.

     

    There is an exhibition that takes place right outside the main building. The exhibition is on different war vehicles and planes used in the war. There is a statue of Lao leader which is one of the important figures of that place. The gallery consists of many such stories of the different soldiers. The journey should be done with the help of a bus that leads towards Dongdok.  


    Top Things To Do in Lao People's Army Museum

  • 24 Wat Ong Theu

    Wat Ong Theu
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    It was then rebuilt in the 19th and 20th centuries and now holds an important position as the national centre of Buddhist studies. The temple is quite colourful, with bright yellow and red accents. Enter the sim and the Phra Ongteu, its namesake large bronze Buddha, dominates in a serenely seated bhumisparsa mudra “earth witness” posture, signifying the moment just before he attained enlightenment.

    Though the temple is not the most spectacular, its central downtown location makes it a convenient place to go for a meditative stroll. The wat is home to Sangha College, which was first established in 1929 by Prince Phetsarath and Somdet Phra Loukeo Outhen Sakda, head of the Lao sangha and Governor of Vientiane.



    Highlights
    – This temple is one of the most important in Laos, Rebuilt in the early 20th century.

    Location
    – Vientiane , Laos


  • 25 Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women

    Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women
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    Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women was established originally to provide training in the art of weaving for Lao women from poor backgrounds. Over time, with funding from international non-governmental organizations, the training centre has expanded its scope to include minority ethnic groups and disabled folk. The Centre was founded by Japanese-educated Chanthasone Inthavong in 1998, and offers short courses in weaving, dyeing, sewing and small business administration.

    Together with the job placement programme, it hopes to help generate income for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Situated seven km from Vientiane city centre in a Houey Hong Village, Chanthabury District, the centre is surrounded by a pleasant garden.


    Highlights
    : The sporadic nature of its funding means that the centre has to support itself and it does so by selling crafts made on the premises and offering tailoring services.

    Opening Hours
    : Monday through Saturday 08:30 – 12:00, 13:30 - 16:30

    Location
    : Houey Hong Village, Chanthabury District


    Top Things To Do in Houey Hong Vocational Training Centre for Women

  • 26 That Ing Hang Stupa

    That Ing Hang Stupa
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    That Ing Hang Stupa is around nine meters high with wonderful cutting and improvement. It's accounted for to house a relic of Buddha's spine. The sixteenth century stupa is situated in Savannakhet, Central Laos. Savannakhet itself is well known as the origin of Laos' famous previous pioneer, Kaysone Phomvihane. It was otherwise called a French exchanging station back in provincial times thusly there are various vintage French pilgrim and Sino-Franco structures in the business locale. The hallowed stupa is an essential spot of love for Laotian Buddhists as well as Thai Buddhists who live in northern Thailand.



    Highlights – Visit That Ing Hang Temple, an important place of Buddhists and national treasure of Laos. Discover the mixture architecture of Hindu and Buddhist style as well as the beautiful embossments

    Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 18:00

    Location: In Ban That Village about 15km north of Kaysone Phomvihane District, Savannakhet Province in Central Laos


  • 27 Phonsavan

    Phonsavan
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    Phonsavanh is the commonplace capital of Xieng Khouang territory. It was inherent the late 1970s and supplanted the old Xieng Khouang which had been annihilated amid the Second Indochina War. It is situated in the focal point of the Plain of Jars and has a lovely atmosphere all year around, in spite of the fact that it can turn out to be truly icy amid winter evenings (it is on a height of 1100m). The long winding principle road of Phonsavanh resembles the setting of a David Lynch propelled Spaghetti Western less the tumbleweeds. When you leave town the wide open is overwhelmed by green slopes and pine timberlands. Towns comprise of vivid wood houses and frequently raise dairy cattle. You will see more than one Hmong rancher with chestnut and violet cowpoke caps. Amid Hmong New Year there are even bullfights in Phonsavanh.



    Highlights – SOS orphanage, Navang Craft Centre, The Mulberry Silk Farm

    Location - Laos


  • 28 Luang Namtha

    Luang Namtha
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    Best known as a stopover point on the explorer trail from China to Laos, and as an alternate choice for the long and cramped vessel wander between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha has ended up being continuously common as a starting stage for incline tribe treks, especially those into the Luang NamTha NPA - National Protected Area. While short on staggering sights, it's a moderate and truly beguiling little town, however one parceled in two unmistakable parts: the "old" or novel town near the plane terminal (spent in the 1970's war), and the "new" or substitution town toward the north where the trekking associations and most guesthouses can be found. The two are around 6 km isolated. The "old" town sits aside Highway 3 - the modernized course from China to Thailand.



    Highlights – Trekking, waterfalls, herbal saunas

    Location - Laos


  • 29 Pathet Lao caves

    Pathet Lao caves
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    The Viengxay collapses Houaphanh Province of North-Eastern Laos are a broad system of collapses limestone mountains. Four-hundred eighty of these holes were utilized by the Pathet Lao amid the Second Indochina War to protect from American siege. Up to 23,000 individuals lived in the holes, which contained a healing center, a school, Pathet Lao workplaces, pastry kitchens, shops, and even a theater. The zone was home to the Communist armed force, who were battling the royalist strengths, situated in Vientiane. The caverns were utilized for living and acting as a part of in light of the fact that the U. S. Aviation based armed forces was bombarding the territory so vigorously. Local people say that ranchers needed to cultivate around evening time to abstain from besieging strikes. Vieng Xay served as a base for the Communist strengths (and holding office for caught US servicemen) in light of the fact that it was near the Vietnamese fringe for logistical and political backing.



    Highlights – Nok Ann Cave, Noua Waterfall.

    Location - North-Eastern Laos


  • 30 The Plain Of Jars

    The Plain Of Jars
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    Monster stone jugs of obscure antiquated starting point are scattered over many square kilometers around Phonsavan, giving the territory the deceptive name of Plain of Jars. Truth be told it's no to a greater extent a plain than the rice-dish valleys at Muang Sing or Luang Namtha, and surely the vast majority of the inquisitive container destinations are on slopes. Be that as it may, also intriguing than the jugs themselves is the secret of which civilisation made them. Surprisingly, no one knows. In the mean time, a whimsical legend guarantees that they were made to mix boundless amounts of rice wine to praise the neighborhood individuals' sixth century freedom from unfeeling overlords by the Tai-Lao saint Khun Jeuam.



    Highlights – Thong Hai Hin, Visit the MAG Information Centre opposite Craters restaurant, Stop at the excellent Plain of Jars visitor information centre.

    Location - Laos

    Entrance fee - US$ 1.30

    Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm


    Top Things To Do in The Plain Of Jars

  • 31 Si Phan Don (4000 ISLANDS)

    Si Phan Don (4000 ISLANDS)
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     The Four Thousand Islands have three primary destinations for travellers Don Island Khong is the greatest, yet separated from the typical chill&look there's nothing incredible to do there. A great many people head to Don Det or Don Khon, where convenience is less expensive, you can stroll to one of the huge Mekong-Falls independent from anyone else, and biking and strolling and swimming in the stream is only the same as in Don Khong. An excellent arrangement of islands, set against an apathetic and twisting area of the Mekong. Make sure to look at the biggest waterfall in Southeast Asia, and have discussions with the inviting local people. Outside of the visitor town, one can get a look at nearby individuals, rice ranches and a lot of homestead creatures, particularly cows.



    Highlights – Dolphins, Tham Phu Khiaw, Tat Somphamit, Khon Phapeng Falls, Wat Phu Khao Kaew

    Location - Champasak, Laos.

    Opening Hours: 7:30AM–9PM


    Top Things To Do in Si Phan Don (4000 ISLANDS)

  • 32 The Presidential Palace

    The Presidential Palace
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    The presidential palace is often another name for the residence officially booked for the presidents in different countries. In some countries, however, they are not called by that name. The buildings there are only used to do all the official work and not just for the resident of the president. Some palaces are official residents given to the monarchs who were preserved during the transformation into republics.



    The owner of Phil and Diane opened a Presidential palace before being a celebrity photographer. The palace is said to consist of the biggest and largest dance floor and is said to accommodate more than 500 people. However to talk about only Presidential palace which is situated in almost all the countries are equally famous and beautifully created. It is often the workplace for the Presidents. They are differently arranged in different countries to suit the need of a different president.


  • 33 Phou Khao Khouay National Park

    Sprawling yet little-visited Phou Khao Khouay National Park is located only 40 kilometres northeast of Vientiane, accessible via Route 13 headed to Tha Khaek. The park, which means “Buffalo Horn Mountain”, features some beautiful scenery and a vast array of biodiversity ranging from dense jungle to cool, misty pine forests, rivers and waterfalls, including noteworthy Tad Leuk and Tad Xay – both can be visited in a single daytrip.

    It is the closest National Park to Vientiane, but ironically it can feel like one of the least accessible to the average traveller. Sights within the park are sprawled out and the tourist heyday has come and gone, with many of the once highly touted activities and accommodation set up to be the next big thing now dead or crumbling. Still, the park remains an amazing swathe of nature less than two hours away from the rapidly developing capital city.

    Highlights
    – Bolikhamxay, Khet Phiset Xaisomboon (Special Zone), Vientian Prefecture, Vientiane Province

    Location
    – Vientiane


    Top Things To Do in Phou Khao Khouay National Park

  • 34 Wat Si Muang

    Wat Si Muang
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    Wat Si Muang is one of Vientiane’s most popular sites of worship, and offers a fascinating insight into how old animist beliefs have blended seamlessly with Theravada Buddhism. According to local legend, when the temple was being built in 1563 a young pregnant woman named Si Muang volunteered to sacrifice herself to appease the angry spirits.

    During the That Luang Festival every October or November, this temple is one of the focal points of the celebrations, and Si Muang is fêted as a guardian of the city. On a daily basis, Wat Si Muang attracts crowds of local Buddhists who want to benefit from its ‘good luck’ powers.



    Highlights
    – This temple is more interesting for its story than for its architecture.  

    Location
    : Wat Si Muang is located at the eastern end of Thanon Setthathirath, in the triangular area formed just before the street merges with Thanon Samsenthai and turns into Thanon Thadeua.

    Opening Hours
    : The temple is open from 06:00 to 19:00 every day


  • 35 Living Land Rice Farm

    Living Land Rice Farm
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    Rice is life in Laos. Laos also gives an opportunity for experiencing the rice making procedure from seeds to table, through the half day ‘Rice is Life’ experience suitable for individuals and their families. Such exciting join-in tours start from $ 40. The Living Lands Farm is one such community enterprise outside Luang Prabang maintaining educational programs as well as professional organic farming next to rice paddies. Small groups can participate in the interactive rice farming experience actively benefitting locals from community, maintaining crafts in traditional form. One gets to learn bamboo weaving, tools and trap making gardening and blacksmithing.



     Residential English-speaking farmers demonstrate the activities. The Tour includes activities in the farm as well as rice product tasting, Lao lunch in a separate area, transportation, and local taxes, ideal for a perfect family experience. Wading through the sloppy, knee deep mud and dragging plough in a rice field behind a huge buffalo is not on the bucket list of every tourist– it’s certainly an unplanned adventure to learn rice farming in Laos.


    Top Things To Do in Living Land Rice Farm

  • 36 Wat Xieng Thong

    Wat Xieng Thong
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    Wat Xieng Thong is basically a Buddhist temple located at the northern tip of Luang Phrabang, Laos’s peninsula. Wat Xieng Thong is among those most important Lao monasteries and stands out as a significant monument. There are more than twenty structures including a sim, the shrines, the pavilions and the residences, in addition to gardens of flowers, shrubs and huge trees.



     There is a ‘tree of life’ mosaic set on the exterior wall at the west. Inside, a gold stencil work showcases the dharma wheels on ceiling and exploits from the life of King Chanthaphanit. Dotted around the Sim are stupas and three chapel halls or Hor Tai. The rest two show striking external mirror-shard mosaics depicting the village life and exploits of Siaw Sawa. The Hor Pa Maan or the success Buddha sanctuary is usually locked except the week following Pi Mai. The Hor Tai Pha Sai-nyaat contains a rare reclining Buddha.


  • 37 Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang
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    Luang Prabang rose to unmistakable quality as the capital of the main Lao kingdom (Lan Xang - place where there is the million elephants) from 1353 onwards. The city owes its present name to the Pha Bang, a respected Buddha picture (now in the Royal Palace Museum) which was conveyed to the city by King Visoun amid the brilliant time of Lan Xang in the mid 1500s.
    The discontinuity of the Lao kingdom toward the end of the sixteenth century saw Luang Prabang turn into a militarily feeble autonomous city state paying tribute to the encompassing kingdoms. At last the 1887 sacking of the city by the Chinese Haw drove the Luang Prabang government to acknowledge the security of the French, whose impact prompted the development of the numerous fine pilgrim manors that sit agreeably nearby the conventional Lao design.



    Highlights – Angsana Spa, Backstreet Academy, Banana Boat, Big Brother Mouse.

    Location - Laos

    Opening Hours: All year round

    Best time to visit: November to May


  • 38 Ho Pra Keo

    Ho Pra Keo
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    This is also written in many different ways like Haw Phra Kaew or Hoe Pha Keo and others. This was formally a temple in the Vientiane in Laos. It is located on the Setthathirath road which is further situated in the south east of the Wat Si Saket. This was first built in the year 1565 to create a house for the Buddha. This has however been built up many a times. The inner part has been converted into a museum which is famous for all the religious and other activities.



    As the king moved the capital to Vientiane, this place was built. This was placed on the soil of the royalty. This was a place for a personal worship of the king and was not the house for any monks as we can see in other places. The great statue of Buddha is present there for the past 200 years. It was in the year 1779 that it was captured and the temple was destroyed.


  • 39 Vientiane City Pillar Shrine

    Vientiane City Pillar Shrine
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    This new shrine was finished in the year of 2012, and the contractor handed it over to the Information Ministry of tourism and culture. This particular shrine is situated in the Phaiwat village in the Sisattanak district. The spot where it has been made into consisted of 473 fragments remains of the city stone pillar which was marked long back to the 5th or 4th century and was buried along with other remains.

     

    The main reason behind the construction was to preserve the old heritage and the other artifacts remains which were believed by the foreign travelers to be belonging to the city of Vientiane. There are many activities done there which includes certain religious ceremony and some traditional celebrations. The valued items are said to be placed on the pillar, and many worshipers tend to donate special items. They in return get all the good luck blessings in the form of items such as holy books, Buddha statues, etc.


  • 40 Vientiane - Pha That Luang

    Vientiane - Pha That Luang
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    The air-conditioned shopping mall (the only one in Laos) is the best place to find electronics, sports equipment and jewellery, while the cavernous original Morning Market is fairly overflowing with mass-produced silks, cheap T-shirts, trinkets and other souvenir type items. Talat Sao is the market to visit if you are looking for something in particular – although bear in mind that the catwalks of Paris and Milan are a long way from Vientiane.

    Despite looking like a shopping mall in a provincial town rather than the flagship shopping destination of a capital city, Talat Sao mall is still a breath of fresh, air-conditioned air to many tourists battling with the tropical heat outside. There are a range of shops and services for tourists to enjoy over five floors, including a Big C supermarket, a three-screen cinema, a children’s play area with plenty of arcade games and flashing lights, and a food court on the fourth floor.

     

    Location
    : Vientiane , Laos

    Opening hours
    : 8am-noon & 1-4pm Tue-Sun


  • 41 The Gibbon Experience

    The Gibbon Experience
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    Gibbon experience of Laos is popular for adventure lovers. This Gibbon Experience activity was started before 2006. This assignment has a motive to save the forest of Huay Xai. You should set this trip for 2 days at least. Here you’ll get a beautiful treehouse to stay. In this package, there are number of trekking options, treehouse overnight stay and zip lining.

    Tree houses are among the world's tallest and set in natural theatres with spectacular views. Here you can enjoy delicious meals with outstanding green views. You can easily get all stuffs- torch, gloves, water and other essential things before you start, from Huay Xai Gibbon Experience office.



    Make sure your camera and flash light will be fully charged. This package will cost around 190US$. You can extend this Gibbon tour if you want, because you won’t be able to leave the green forest. Then you need to pay little more extra.


    Top Things To Do in The Gibbon Experience

  • 42 Elephant Village

    Elephant Village
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    Elephant Village is basically an elephant sanctuary and a popular tourist destination in Luang Prabang, Laos operated by a team of caring individuals for the rehabilitation and protection and of elephants. The magnificent "elephant village" is located about 15 km from Luang Prabang on the bank of River Nam Khan. Elephant Village is ideally located in the laps of Mother Nature, by misty mountains near the river. It's the first and one of its kinds in Laos that offers Elephant interaction programs alongside an outstanding variation of Elephant activity tours for the young as well as for the old.



    The area around Elephant Village offers approximately 4 hectares of lush green nature, and sandbank at the camp allowing visitors to watch Elephants during their daily bath. A beautiful Elephant Lodge is connected via a small path, only a few hundred meters from the "Elephant Village", offering a simple but relaxing stay with well-furnished rooms in exclusive colonial style.


  • 43 UXO Laos Visitor Center

    UXO Laos Visitor Center
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    Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao) operates in the nine most impacted provinces all over the nation. UXO Lao makes way for land for agricultural and community related purposes (e.g. hospitals, schools, temples and water supply) along with developmental activities. UXO Laos Visitor Center is basically a permanent but small exhibition in Luang Prabang, which depicts the problems of UXO affecting Laos and efforts to clean affected areas.UXO Laos Luang Prabang visitor center is situated within a government building on Bounkhong Road. UXO Laos visitors’ center usually stays Open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00 and in the evenings from 13:00 to 16:00 .



    There is no entrance fee or to the exhibition. ThisUXO Laos Luang Prabang visitor centre is exhibits with just 2rooms the different kinds of unexploited munitions (UXO), along with series of illustrations with appropriate data related to various wars that previously affected the country, the impact on civilian population and tasks of decontamination and cleaning are also exposed.


    Top Things To Do in UXO Laos Visitor Center

  • 44 Bamboo Bridge

    Bamboo Bridge
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    For the construction of any kind, the most important requirement is the use of the bamboo. These products are available are made with the help of the most dependable and versatile building material. Bamboo is considered to be a very fast growing plant that survives itself in different climates and situation. It can be available in a climate that is stretched across the globe from that of North Australia to that of the eastern side of Asia.



     This may include regions such as India and parts of the USA and other European countries. The structure becomes so strong that it becomes hard, and it looks beautiful and has a fine finish. In parts of the world especially in the climates of the tropical region, there are forests to grow huge bamboos that are used for construction. The method of construction with the help of bamboo is used for making industry and is becoming dependent on other alternative methods by using renewable items.


  • 45 Kuang Sii Waterfalls

    Kuang Sii Waterfalls
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    The Kuang Si Falls spelled also as Kuang Xi or called Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, is basically a three tier waterfall 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang. The falls start in shallow pools from a steep hillside leading to the main fall with 60 meters cascade. The water gets collected in many a turquoise blue pool as it flows downstream. The Cascades resulting are quite typical of the travertine waterfalls.



    One can make way to the waterfalls on a hired motorcycle with some scenic village en-route or book a tour. Many opt for an unusual alternative and hire a boat and ride down River Mekong before catching yet another boat for the short hop across to these falls.


    Top Things To Do in Kuang Sii Waterfalls

  • 46 Lao Textile Museum

    Lao Textile Museum
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    Underneath the raised house there are old looms and antique spinners that you would not find in use anywhere today. Upstairs, textiles are hung on the walls or are simply stacked in cupboards. The collection has some stunning pieces, with several made by different ethnic minority groups. Unfortunately, the textiles don’t have proper storage or display conditions and many of them are deteriorating.

    There is also a studio where they produce silk pieces for their shop and a glossy cultural education centre with professional displays on natural dyes and indigo pots (clearly there has been NGO funding and involvement). The educational centre is largely used as a showroom for large tour groups and it isn’t an active, working, living craft centre you can just drop in on.



    Highlights
    – The museum also offers Lao cooking classes, although these didn't yet appear to be up and running during our visit, and on Saturdays, lessons on traditional Lao mus

    Location
    – Vientiane , Laos

    Prices
    : Admission 30,000K

    Opening Hours
    : 10am to 4pm


  • 47 Wat Ho Phra Kaew

    Wat Ho Phra Kaew
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    Vientiane boasts several beautiful temples or wats, but one of the most impressive and interesting of them is Wat Ho Phra Keo. It was originally constructed in 1565 as the Lao royal family’s personal chapel, and as a home for the Emerald Buddha after it was snatched from northern Siam (Thailand). This sacred jade statue was reclaimed by the Siamese in 1778 and now sits in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.



     Highlights
    – The interior of the temple is now a museum that houses many Lao treasures such as a gilded throne, Khmer Buddhist stone tablets, wooden carvings, bronze frog drums and palm-leaf manuscripts.

    Opening Hours
    : The temple is open from 08:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00 every day.

    Location
    : Wat Ho Phra Keo is situated on the corner of Thanon Setthathilath and Thanon Mahosot. It is next to the Presidential Palace and across the road from Wat Si Saket. Mahosot Hospital is on the opposite side of Thanon Mahosot.


  • 48 Whiskey Village (Ban Xang Hai)

    Whiskey Village (Ban Xang Hai)
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    Ban Xang Hai or Whisky Village is a tiny village located near the Mekong River. It draws visitors with its special strong whisky produced from rice which is sometimes fermented and sold in bottles. Lao-Lao comprises an integral part of the Lao culture. It is used during ceremonies for blessing and tourists are often offered a shot of firewater (or large glass) when on a village visit. Home to only a few people, this ancient settlement, offers the locals and the travellers’ handcrafted hooch.



    Pulling up in a boat, along a shore and sipping from bamboo straws and learning about the whole fermentation procedure is a good idea. Visitors get the opportunity of buying this alcoholic creation, but those preferring water instead of whisky can watch locals weave Lao silk or go on a spree to buy locally made paper and fabrics. The only negative aspect about Ban Xang Hai is that jars of Lao-Lao may contain wildlife. A visit to the Whisky Village is often followed by a trip to the Pak Ou Caves since these two popular spots are located beside one another on Mekong River.


    Top Things To Do in Whiskey Village (Ban Xang Hai)

  • 49 Tham Kong Lo

    Tham Kong Lo
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    Tham Kong Lo is one of focal Laos', if not the country's, most striking highlights. An adventure into this mysterious underworld resemble a voyage into haziness itself; with 7km of winding waterway, scaling little rapids as it goes through the house of God high limestone hole. A segment of Kong Lo has now been climatically lit, permitting you a more noteworthy look at this epic scene; your longtail docks in a rough delta to permit you to investigate a stalactite wood of frequenting columns and growing stalagmites. Your creative energy will be in overdrive as the vessel takes you facilitate into the bat-dark obscurity – you may compare it to Middle Earth (the lights of different water crafts like Gollum's eyes gulped in the misery) or the Greek Underworld of Hades. Whichever way you won't ever overlook it.



    Highlights – Konglor Cave, The Loop, The Town, Tha Falang.

    Location - Laos

    Best time to visit: November to April


  • 50 Wat Phu

    Wat Phu
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    Wat Pa Phu Kon is a ranger service protection in Na Yung woodland and Num Chom backwoods Bankong(sub-locale) ,Na Yung (area), Udonthani(province). This sanctuary was worked by Puttaborrisatsee (the buddhist) so as to helps advantage to remember nature and woods which was obliterated in 1984. It moderates backwoods, creature and upstream for quite a while. Wat Pa Phu Kon is a tranquil spot and suitable for routine of Meditation Buddhist. The Buddha statue in the sanctuary made of marble, the outside outline is like configuration in Rattanagshi period. Inside the sanctuary has an anecdote about Buddha, spoke to by divider painting. This divider painting indicates story of ten resurrections of Buddha, and each of incarnation speak to activity of Buddha; for instance, industriousness and benevolence which prompt the following incarnation as an understood Buddha.



    Highlights – Middle Level, Upper Level, Lower Level, Prasat

    Location - In Pakse, the main city of Champasack Province in southwestern Laos.

    Opening Hours: All year round

    Best time to visit: November to March


  • 51 Pak Ou Caves

    Pak Ou Caves
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    Luang Prabang is highly popular for these limestone caves located near river Mekong. The Pak Oh Caves have been known as a place of worship over a thousand years. Near the Pak Ou (mouth of River Ou) the Tham Ting or the lower cave and the Tham Theung, or the upper cave overlook River Mekong, 25 km to north of Luang Prabang, Laos. This group of two caves on the west of Mekong, about two hours upstream from centre of Luang Prabang have become pretty well known to tourists.



    These caves are mainly noted for the miniature Buddha sculptures. Innumerous small and damaged wooden Buddhist figures have been laid out on the wall shelves taking positions, including that of peace, rain, meditation, teaching, and reclining (or nirvana). One can reach the Pak Ou caves by boat. The trip takes about 2 hours upstream from the Luang Prabang with a magnificent scenery along River Mekong and the limestone mountains. The way back downstream consumes over an hour. One may alternatively go by a tuk tuk, cab or minivan to the Ban Pak Ou village that’s opposite of caves on the other side of the river.


    Top Things To Do in Pak Ou Caves

  • 52 Vang Vieng

    Vang Vieng
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    Vang Vieng (additionally Vang Viang) is a riverside town in Central Laos. The town hosts been known as a get-together destination for quite a long time, and whilst regardless this remaining parts more open air situated exercises are currently accessible, for example, mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, giving in, swimming and shake climbing. Vang Vieng is on Highway #13 in the middle of Vientiane and Luang Prabang - by transport (street and transport conditions allowing) around 6-8 hrs from Luang Prabang, around 3-4 hr from Vientiane. Thruway #13 is a two-path street in genuinely great condition with the exception of a couple knocks nearer to the urban communities, nothing to stress over. The street between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang is rocky and brags astounding view and also beneficial looks of Lao town life.



    Highlights – Tubing, Lao-style steam sauna, Kayaking the river, High swings

    Location - Central Laos

    Best time to visit: All around the year



  • 53 Morning Market

    Morning Market
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    Vientiane Talaat Sao, the morning market is widely known for offering a wonderful selection of the local offerings, mostly of fabric-based stuff. The stalls and shops stay open from early till about 17:00. The indoor market, older and newer malls have been fused together to make Talaat Sao the favored shopping centre for both the locals and the visitors. Mostly the indoor mall keeps featuring household appliances, the knock-off electronics and watches. A few vendors sell delicious Lao ice cream sundaes with yummy coconut ice-cream, nuts, jelly sweets and sticky rice. For buying a sinh, traditional Lao skirt, and endless choices of fabrics are available. Silk scarves, wooden boxes, carvings and bowls are scattered over shops.



     There are shops selling snakes in trinkets and Lao whiskey. Lao herbal remedies are sold. The older mall, opposite of the bus station is of three storeys selling Western as well as Lao clothing alongside electronic goods. Those desperate for parts for a phone, laptops or cameras, find this the ideal place to visit. If one has been looking for traditional styles, the Lao Cotton keeps quality stuff, so does few other shops. The newer mall attempts to raise the standards, and thus features high-end cosmetics, accessories, gold traders and better electronics.


  • 54 Mekong River boat trip

    Mekong River boat trip
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    At 4,350 km, River Mekong is the longest river in Southeast Asia. The Lower Mekong forms a part of the border of Burma (Myanmar) and Laos, and of Laos and Thailand. Two typical journeys along the Mekong areA Three-day cruisethat begins at theSiem Reap, covering Chnok Trou (the floating village), the Kampong Chhnang, the Kompong Tralech, the Koh Chen and finishes at the Phnom Penh. Low water at Tonle Sap Lake can alter this itinerary.



    A Seven-day cruisefromthe Siem Reap, a cruise covering the Chnok Tru, the Kompong Chhnang, the Kompong Tralach, the Phnom Penh, the Koh Dek Chau, Chau Doc, the Vinh Long, the Cai Be, the My Theo and finishes at the Ho Chi Minh City. Most river ships on the Mekong have been built recently, and artful replicas of the “colonial” river steamers have been done, accommodating less than a hundred passengers. The cabins, in general, are quite comfortable and practical though recent additions include luxurious options.


    Top Things To Do in Mekong River boat trip

  • 55 Patuxai Victory Monument

    Patuxai Victory Monument
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    With its crenellated upper level topped with five ornate towers in the traditional Laos style, the Patuxai Victory Monument cuts a distinctive figure on the Vientiane skyline. It forms the centre piece of Patuxai Park, and is dedicated to the Laos who were killed in the fight to gain independence from France, as well as from the nation’s earlier occupiers, Siam and Japan.

     

    Highlights
    : Patuxai was built between 1957 and 1968 using funds from the U.S. government.

    Opening Hours
    : From 08:00 to 16:30 on Mondays to Fridays, and 08:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Location
    : Patuxai is situated at the far end of Thanon Lane Xang in the government and diplomatic district. The monument sits on the large ‘island’ formed where the avenue splits into two, opposite the Ministry of Justice to the south and the Prime Minister’s office to the north.


    Top Things To Do in Patuxai Victory Monument

  • 56 Black Stupa (That Dam)

    Black Stupa (That Dam)
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    That Dam, or black stupa, is located on a quiet roundabout not far from Talat Sao (the morning market) and the American Embassy. That in Laotian refers to an inverted bell shape (or unopened lotus flower) structure that usually contains relics of the Buddha. Legend has it that a seven-headed water serpent – a ‘Naga’ lived here to protect the stupa that was once covered in pure gold.

    During the Siamese-Laotian war in the 1820s, the gold was pillaged and taken to Siam, now Thailand, leaving the legacy that is the black stupa today. Known as the ‘Black Stupa', many locals believe this mythological structure was once inhabited by a seven-headed dragon (now dormant) that stood to protect the city from the threat of the Siamese.



    Highlights
    : Known as the ‘Black Stupa', many locals believe this mythological structure was once inhabited by a seven-headed dragon (now dormant) that stood to protect the city from the threat of the Siamese.

    Location
    : Chantha Khoumane Road, Vientiane


  • 57 Vieng Xai

    Vieng Xai
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    Vieng Xai (likewise Vieng Xay, Vieng Sai) is a region and town in Hua Phan Province. The town is situated on Route 6, 30 Km from Sam Neua (Province capital) and 55 km from the Vietnam/Laos outskirt in Na Meo. The greatest fascination of the town are the caverns. The previous Pathet Lao central command of Vieng Xai sit in a striking valley of prolific slopes and limestone bluffs loaded with caverns, a few of which were utilized to shield the Pathet Lao officers amid the second indo-china war. Amid the 1960s, political improvements in Laos were compelling later on of this entire locale. The United States trusted that Laos was urgent in the counteractive action of comrade extension, so this little nation got to be made up for lost time in the contention between the US and the north Vietnamese.



    Highlights – Vieng Xai Caves visitor centre

    Location - Laos


  • 58 Waterfalls Of The Bolaven Plateus

    Waterfalls Of The Bolaven Plateus
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    Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is popular for its incredible landscape, ethnic towns and unexplored corners. It's presumably best known for being home to some of Southeast Asia's most awesome waterfalls including Tad Fane and Dong Hua Sao (otherwise known as Taat Fang). The level's rise goes around from 1,000 to 1,350 meters above ocean level and here the climate all in all is milder than whatever is left of the nation, getting cool, particularly during the evening. Its ripe fields permit ranchers to deliver a portion of the best tea and espresso in the nation (espresso remains Laos' greatest horticultural fare.) Tourism has ended up another critical wellspring of wage for local people as the territory has practically boundless trekking and daytrip opportunities.



    Highlights – Southern Laos by scooter, Ban Saphai, Tad Fane, Tad Yuang Gneuang, Uttayan Bajiang.

    Location - Southern Laos


    Top Things To Do in Waterfalls Of The Bolaven Plateus

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  • 01 Luang Prabang

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    Tourist places in Luang Prabang have been attracting tourists since many years now. Sitting at the intersection of two rivers, the Mekong and the Nam Khan, Luang Prabang a beautiful and a charming destination to visit. It is surrounded by limestone mountains and lush green fields and forests. The city houses traditional Lao wooden houses inspired by the European architecture as it was a French colony in the 19th century. The city is well maintained and tidy. Moreover, it has kept the traditions and culture alive which is clearly depicted in the monuments present in the city. Due to these reasons, Luang Prabang is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

     

    Luang Prabang stands out amongst vacation destinations in Laos. From waterfalls to monasteries to trekking to outdoor activities, this place has a lot to offer. Regions in and around the city are filled with breathtaking views which leave in awe of the place. Moreover, the panorama includes limestone mountains, green fields, clear blue river waters etc., all of which contribute towards the serenity here. Visiting monasteries and temples will definitely be a spiritual nourishment. Beyond the history and traditions of this town are tranquil waterfalls, trekking opportunities, river cruises, kayaking trips, and wildlife adventures. A day boat ride in azure waters of the Mekong river is the best option to rejuvenate from stress.

     

    The treks to interiors of the forest provide are amazing experiences and are the best way to explore the regions around the city. The serene waterfalls are ideal places to have picnics with friends and family. This town is an outstanding example of the amalgamation of traditional architecture and modern structures built by the French. It has well-preserved the landscape which makes it, even more, better vacation destination. The alluring beauty and stunning attractions call for at least one trip to Luang Prabang. Hope the answers of few questions below will make you visit and explore the tourist places in Luang Prabang in your next vacation trip.

  • 02 Vientiane