10 Best Tourist Attractions in Laos
10 Best Tourist Attractions in Laos – Laos presents a pleasurable pace’s change for tourists who are used to Vietnam and Thailand. This small country of Southeast Asian has stunning views, from dense forests to spectacular waterfalls and limestone mountains. It is a great place for those who don’t mind roughing it or challenging travelers. Some of the best tourist attractions in Laos is difficult to reach, but it is an interesting adventure on exploring a developing country which is known for its ethnic people.
1. Bokeo Nature Reserve
Bokeo Nature Reserve’s goal is to protect the black-cheeked gibbon’s population, to be rediscovered in 1997, which was initially thought to be vanished. Visiting Bokeo Nature Reserve is not yet complete without staying at the Gibbon Experience, which is a project of eco tourism conservation. The Guests can stay in the tree houses and travel on zip line through the jungles while searching the Black Gibbon. Besides the elusory black gibbon, the visitors who coming to the reserve may see elephants as well, wild buffalo, tigers, and bears. The Gibbon Experience is also useful to return and rehabilitate the wild animals which were caught by hunters. With the mountains which ranging from 1,600 to nearly 5,000 feet in altitude, the reserve site also is a essential place to see birds.
2. Nong Kiau
Nong Kiau which is sometimes called Nong Khiaw, is a popular tourist attractions in Province of Luang Prabang as its plenty mountain climbing, biking opportunities, and walking. This is a must-see site which is the bridge across the Nam Ou River which was built by China. This bridge links the both parts of Nong Kiau, and is a nice place to see amazing views of the mountains and river. Nong Kiau is a rural village, so tourists shouldn’t expect truly precious accommodations here. Spelunkers can enjoy exploring the Pha Tok Caves which are located around a mile from the town. The caves was the house for the villagers during the Second War of Indochina.
3. Tham Kong Lo
Tham Kong Lo is a limestone cave in Phu Hin Bun National Park. It is located on the Phu Hin Bun River, this cave has been portrayed as a Southeast Asia’s geological wonder. The karst cave is over 6,5 km long and 91 meters high. It has an emerald-colored pool which the locals believe is holy, they are saying that it reflects Indra’s skin color, a Hindi god. The visitors of the cave praise a boat ride through the cave, so it becomes a grand adventure. A Stay in a private home would be easy to arrange for those who need the overnight accommodations.
4. Luang Namtha
Luang Namtha’s provincial capital is the largest city in northwest Laos. It is a destination which is popular among backpackers, many of them stopping here when hiking from China to Laos. It is a nice point to start treks into the hills in order to visit the ethnic hill tribes. Renting a motorcycle or mountain bike is a essential way to reach the waterfalls and nearby villages. After a day long ride, tourists can relax in a herbal sauna. There are night markets which offer an chance to taste a various local food cheaply.
5. Wat Phu
Wat Phu is a ruined complex of Khmer temple which is located at mount Phu Kao’s base in the Champasak province. The structures of Hindu temple dated from the 11th to 13th centuries. Wat Phu was Khmer empire’s part, middle on Angkor to the southwest side in Cambodia. It is little compared with the Angkor’s monumental sites except the tumbledown pavilions, enigmatic stone of crocodile and tall trees which shroud most of the site which makes Wat Phu a mystical atmosphere.
6. Si Phan Don
Si Phan Don which means 4,000 islands is a stunning set of islands, set against Mekong River’s scenic section in Southern Laos. The Mekong is unreachable to river traffic here as the Khone Falls, a series of rapids which stretch 9.7 km of the length of river. The Mekong which is below the falls contains a small population of Irrawaddy Dolphins which are highly endangered. The three basic islands which cater to tourists are Done Kong, Don Khon, and Don Det. Most of the lodging places which are available consists of ordinary, family run bungalows. Kayaks and bikes and can be rented here as well.
A name which means hills of paradise, Phonsavan is a nice place to experience the Old West of U.S., only in Laotian natures. As raising cattle is one of the main businesses of the city, it is not tremendous to see Hmong or cowboys who wear brown and violet cowboy hats. Phonsavan even becomes as bullfights host during Hmong New Year. This city is a good place to see the Plain of Jars which is ancient-megalithic-structured which look like jars. In the past, Phonsavan first owned by Siam, now Thailand, and then by French, with heritages of every culture still can be found.
8. Van Vieng
The tourist city of Vang Vieng is located about a four-hour drive from Vientiane. Initially settled in the fourteenth century when this city was known as Mouang Song, its present name was given when Laos was a French colony. Van Vieng is famous by its limestone karst hills. Since the city sits on the Nam Song River, plenty tourist activities, including tubing and kayaking, going around the river. It is popular among the backpackers who enjoy relaxed atmosphere as well as exploring caves and hiking on the hills. Ethnic villages, are located close by, including Hmong.
Vientiane is the Laotian capital which is located on the Mekong River, was a French colony in the past , so tourists can see traces of French influence here, including French’s street signs. Buddhist stupa, Pha That Luang, that dates back to 1586, is also known as the city of sandalwood. The stupa is the most popular tourist attraction in this city. It stands about 49 meters tall and is believed to have Buddha’s relics. Wat Si Muang, an another famous site was built on the Khymer Hindu shrine’s ruins. Vientiane is a perfect place to buy silk.
10. Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is known as the most popular place to visit in Laos. It is an historic city which once became as the capital of Laos Kingdom . Sat at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, the city has plenty of Buddhist monasteries and temples, with monks who walk through the city to collect alms in the morning. There are some waterfalls near the area, several of which offer elephant rides to the tourists. A night market which is located at the end of the main street of the town is a nice place to buy souvenirs. Adventurous eaters may love to try the fried Mekong River moss, which is known as the local delicacy.