Laos

Destinations

Destinations


Regions

 Northern Laos (Ban Nalan Trail, Bokeo Nature Reserve, Houay Xai, Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha, Muang Ngoi Neua, Muang Long, Muang Ngeun, Muang Xay, Nong Khiaw, Pakbeng, Vieng Phoukha)
Hilltribe villages, mountains, and the remarkably charming former capital
 Central Laos (Plain of Jars, Paksan, Phonsavan, Tha Khaek, Vang Vieng, Vieng Xai, Vientiane)
Southeast Asia's sleepiest capital city and rural countryside
 Southern Laos (Champasak, Pakse, Savannakhet, Si Phan Don)
The Mekong flatlands, more mountains, and the area least-visited by tourists


Cities

  • Vientiane — the still sleepy capital on the banks of the Mekong River
  • Huay Xai — in the north, on the Mekong and the border with Thailand
  • Luang Namtha — capital of the north, known for its trekking
  • Luang Prabang — a UNESCO World Heritage City known for its numerous temples, colonial era architecture, and vibrant night market
  • Muang Xay — also known as Oudomxay, the capital of the multi-ethnic province of Oudomxay
  • Pakbeng — halfway point on the overnight slow boat between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang
  • Pakse — gateway to the Wat Phu ruins and the "four thousand islands" (Si Phan Don)
  • Savannakhet — in the south on the Mekong, connected by bridge to Mukdahan in Thailand
  • Tha Khaek — a popular base for exploring Phou Hin Boun National Park including the famous Konglor Cave

Other destinations

  • Ban Nalan Trail — a two-day ecotourism trek in the north of Laos
  • Champasak — Wat Phu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Angkor-style Khmer temples
  • Nong Khiaw — beautiful karst cliffs where you can discover hilltribe villages, kayak, bike ride or just hang out
  • Plain of Jars — Iron Age cemetery sites located near Phonsavan; also one of the main locations to learn about the "Secret War".
  • Si Phan Don — the "four thousand islands" are nestled within the Mekong near the Cambodian border
  • Vang Vieng — backpacker hangout for exploring limestone caves and tubing on the Nam Song river
  • Vieng Xai — remote cultural oasis and symbolic cradle of Marxism; see the caves where the Pathet Lao leaders ran their operations in defiance of the West

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