Laos is one of the few truly exotic travel destinations left in the world. With a 'back-in-time' feel to it and with a truly friendly population combined with atmospheric Buddhist temples, places of interest and enigmatic heritage sites, you are guaranteed a roller coaster of a cultural ride in exploring this country.
Luang Prabang: Luang
Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in northern Laos, is an important
yet charming little town that ranks among the top must-visit destinations in
the country. It features former royal palaces and more than 30 temples, old french
colonial architecture as well as beautiful natural sites.
That Luang: That
Luang, or the Great Stupa, in Vientiane is a national symbol (on Laosâ€™ official
seal) and also the most sacred monument in the country. From the outside That
Luang looks more like a fortress surrounded by high walls and it features two
temples with the main stupa, the top of which is covered with gold leaf,
standing 148 feet tall.
Vang Vieng: Vang Vieng is simply a piece of heaven on earth that has
attracted many world travellers for years, especially young backpackers.
Surrounded by great mountains, rivers, limestone cliffs and rice fields, this
small and scenic town offers a long list of interesting attractions. The Nam
Song River is where you will witness the infamous 'tubing'.
Wat Sisaket: Wat Si Saket located in
Vientiane is famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha
images and rows with hundreds of seated Buddhas. These images mainly date from
the 16th and 19th centuries and come in all sizes and are made from wood, stone
and bronze â€“ more than 6,800 Buddhas in total.
Bolaven Plateau and Tad Fane Waterfall: Bolaven
Plateau in southern Laos is famous for its great scenery, ethnic villages and
unexplored corners. Itâ€™s probably best known for being home to some of
Southeast Asia's most spectacular waterfalls including Tad Fane and Dong Hua
Sao. The plateauâ€™s elevation ranges approximately from 1,000 to 1,350 metres
above sea level.
Bokeo: Bokeo is a peaceful rural province in north-western Laos.
Rich in natural resources with hilly mountains, tropical forest and farmland,
Bokeo is also home to many ethnic groups who still preserve their traditional
lifestyles and culture.