Landlocked Laos offers a slow pace of life where you will be greeted by friendly locals. This charming country has remained relatively untouched compared to its neighbouring countries of Cambodia, China, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. Luang Prabang, a Unesco World Heritage site, is a popular place to start you tour from. This well preserved town offers a wonderful variety of colonial architecture, Laotian buildings and Buddhist temples. The magnificent Kuang Si Falls is a highly recommended day excursion and can easily be reached when staying in Luang Prabang. Other Laos highlights include the laid-back capital city of Vientiane which is situated on the banks of the Mekong River. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as tubing in the scenic location of Vang Vieng, which is sits next to Nam Song River.
Home to the country’s most historic temple Wat Xiengthong, Luang Prabang is the former royal capital and sits next to the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. Surrounded by mountains, this designated UNESCO World Heritage Site is a wonderful atmospheric colonial town with charming restaurants located on the main streets and along the Mekong river. During your stay sample the superb Lao street food, a popular place for this is the night market on Sisavangvong Road. There are many day excursions to be enjoyed during your stay in Luang Prabang. Roughly thirty kilometres from town you will discover the stunning multi-tiered Kuang Si Falls. Here take a leisurely walk, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pools followed by a tasty picnic. The Elephant Village Sanctuary & Resort is a wonderful place to spend time and learn about the protection and rehabilitation of elephants in Laos. Spend time in Luang Prabang and its surrounding landscape as it is considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s must-see cities.
Located on the banks of the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng town is surrounding by dramatic limestone karst hills, rice fields and dense jungle. Vang Vieng boasts a natural beauty and very easy to get a round on foot with just three main streets. The local restaurants cater for a range of tastes serving a selection of Lao, Chinese, Thai, American and Italian food. A big drawn to the area is the stunning countryside. Here you can enjoy popular activities including hiking, rafting, tubing, kayaking, mountain biking, caving and rock climbing. Outside of the raining season (June – September) the Nam Song River is a popular place for swimmers.
Plain of Jars
Northeast of Vientiane lies the mysterious and enigmatic display called Plain of Jars. Here you will discover three sites holding clusters of jars carved out of sandstone and granite. The Jars are scattered across the fields which make for truly remarkable and unique sight. Nobody is totally sure what their purpose was and why they ended up in this part of Laos, but they vary in shape and size, and their positions differ from one to the next. Allegedly over 2000 years old, The Plain of Jars can be reached via the small and quiet town of Phonsavan.
Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is the smallest capital in Southeast Asia. The influences of Thailand and France can be seen in this laid-back city. A popular place to hang out in the evenings is the riverside where you will discover a selection of restaurants serving a variety of traditional Laos and typical French cuisine. It is also a great spot to watch the spectacular sun sets. A fun way of discovering the leafy backstreets and traditional eateries is on a cycling tour. The two most visited and impressive temples in Vientiane are Wat Phra Kaeo and Wat That Luang. Northeast of Vientiane you will discover That Luang (Great Stupa) which is the most sacred monument in the country. An intriguing morning excursion can be taken to Buddha Park where you will discover a spectacular collection of over 200 large concrete sculptures of Buddhist and Hindu deities.