Laos has never been a highly-appreciated destination for many travelers in Southeast Asia, but when it comes the time to visit, this beautiful and peaceful country will bring you surprises, and you will never have to regret. Let's explore 15 wonderful things that will make you fall in love with the country and people here!
1. Cruising on Mekong River in sunsets
As the only land-locked country in Southeast Asia, it is easy to understand when the river is considered the soul of Laos. If you have the opportunity to enjoy one of Mekong River Cruises, especially in the afternoon, you will admire a magnificent view of rustic villages reflecting in Mekong River and observe daily activities of local people in dusk.
Cruising on Mekong Princess in Sunsets
2. Phongsaly’s wild beauty
Phongsaly is located in the northernmost part of Laos. As it is not affected by the commercial activities, tourists can enjoy exploring the pristine beauty of people as well as stunning mountains and forests here.
3. The Plain of Jar full of mysteries
The Plain of Jar in Xieng Khoang of Laos is a mysterious and very attractive place to Lao tourists. No one can explain why these strange jars are placed here. However, one assumption is that this is a way to bury the dead of the ancients (from the Stone Age).
4. Admiring the waterfalls in Bolaven Plateau
Bolaven, known as "coffee paradise”, is a plateau in southern Laos. There are many beautiful waterfalls hidden deep in the jungle. The waterfalls here are majestic, wide and multi-layered with a strong flood of alluvium.
5. Luang Prabang - city bearing many ancient marks
Although there are not many temples and monasteries such as Cambodia, but the temples in Laos are unique and very creative. In the country where most people are Buddhist, you will easily see impressive temples on the road during your exploration. The best place to visit the temple system in Laos is Luang Prabang - ancient and beautiful heritage city.
6. Enjoy the unique cuisine of Laos
Highlights of the dishes of Laos are fresh, simple processing but the taste is very rich and different. You can sample some of the most popular dishes such as: Papaya Salad, Laap, Lao noddle... Under the influence of France during the past war, dishes in Laos are often served with bread. In addition, Lao beers are also worth a try.
7. Explore the caves in Vang Vieng
It can be said that Vang Vieng is the "paradise of discovery" which attracts millions of backpackers from all over the world. With scenery which is considered one of the most beautiful places in Laos, Vang Vieng town along the Nam Song River is where young people gather in the conquest of rapids or spectacular caves.
8. The ideal place for trekking
Laos is covered by thick forests, so it will be an ideal place for those who love to walk through the jungle to challenge themselves. This is also an opportunity for tourists to explore remote villages with unique customs.
9. Shopping in Savannakhet
Places like Savannakhet are famous for their old French-style boutiques that will be an interesting stop for shoppers.
10. The beauty of Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang is a huge gilded stupa in the beautiful Vientiane capital, an important relic and a great pride for the people of the "Elephant Kingdom".
Built on an old Khmer temple in the 16th century, this great temple, despite the many ups and downs of its history, has always kept its diverse architectural beauty as well as always shines to attract travelers from all over the world.
11. Beautiful view of Si Phan Don
Si Phan Don – known as 4000 Islands, is famous for tranquil landscape and thrilling, exciting water games for the youth. It is a large archipelago located in the southernmost cape of Laos, where gentle Mekong flows through the Khone Falls before joining the great river in Cambodia. With 4,000 islands, Si Phan Don offers visitors beautiful watercolor painting.
12. The beauty of sacred temple Wat Phou
Wat Phou is the oldest temple in Laos, which was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001. This ancient temple dates back to the 5th century, once the center of Hinduism, worshiping Shiva.
Wat Phou is also called "Mountain Pagoda" because it is located at the foot of Mount Phou Kao (Mount Elephant), Champasak Province, about 670 km south of Vientiane.
13. Massage Laos
Traditional massage in Laos with a sauna is the best therapy to soothe your body after a long journey of jungle or trekking. Herbal mixtures (or teas) in the sauna are the secret of the success of this therapy.
14. The ancient look of Wat Xieng Thong
Luang Prabang is the most beautiful and important pagoda in Laos, with curved roofs falling close to the ground. Wat Xieng Thong is the main temple, surrounded by small shrines with the same architecture, forming a beautiful landscape.
15. Traditional handmade textile products
Tourists to Laos are very interested in seeing the embroidered, hand-woven products of artisans. Each group has its own unique characteristics, reflected in each of their craft products which are turned into unique souvenirs.
Overall, there are many other wonderful things to enjoy in Laos that you should consider for your Indochina Tour Packages.