Laos Travel Guide (Part I)

Laos, which is officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic is one of the Asia’s most enchanting destinations for backpackers, free travellers as well as luxury tourists.
Since opened its doors to tourism in the 1990s, this landlocked country have witnessed a sharp growth in number of tourists. Despite the fast changing speed, this country keeps preserving its pristine beauty which fascinates numerous travellers including those who are into discovering the real taste of Southeast Asian life.
 

Dong Khuong with 1000 islands in the strong flow of Mekong River.

Dong Khuong with 1000 islands in the strong flow of Mekong River.


Highlights 

Luang Prabang: This must be the first name to be mentioned when talking about attractions in Laos. The charming city of Luang Prabang slows your pulse and awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment.
Vang Vieng: The small town of Vang Vieng is surrounded with immense mountain and forest. This town has long been famous for being a pretty attractive tourist attraction with cool and fresh air. Every year, Vang Vieng attracts a huge number of tourists for not the amazing architectures, modern resorts or expanded roads, but the simple and pristine beauty of a small city.
Vientiane: Since Laos has opened its door to tourism, its capital of Vientiane has undergone huge changes and been expanded. It’s the city allowing you chances to lounge over a novel in an old-fashioned bakery, shop in silk shops or admire the fiery sunset over the Mekong River. 
4,000 Islands: The number of 4000 islands has not yet been confirmed exactly here at the far southern reaches of Laos, but there are at least 3 of them that worth your attention namely Don Khong, Don Dhet and Don Dhon.

Popular destinations 

Pakse: Pakse serves as the gateway to southern Laos, sitting at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Se Don River. This is the great place for admiring several beautiful landscapes and enjoying some foods and drinks before moving to other attractions nearby.
Mountain of Phou in Pakse.
Phou Asa mountain in Pakse.
 
Nong Kiaow: located on the banks of Nam Ou River, the small town of Nong Kiaow River is a fascinating destination with the imposing limestone mountains, peaceful rivers and colourful local culture.
Don Dhet: With many cheap guesthouses and bars catering to the lower budget tourists, Don Dhet seems to be an ideal place for backpackers. Tourists coming here are always welcomed by smiling locals, stunning islands and scenery and a new experience.
Luang Nam Tha: Luang Nam Tha is the largest city in Luang Nam Tha Province, Northern Laos, lying on the banks of the Nam Tha river catering for trekking to ethnically diverse villages, and cycling, kayaking and rafting around the stunning Nam Ha National Protected Area. 
Phonsavan: This is the location of the mysterious Plain of Jars of which the origin remains a secret. 

Alternative destinations 

Muang Ngoi: serving as one of the friendliest destinations of Laos, Muang Ngoi is a place that is worth to visit. 
Champasak: situated on the banks of Mekong River, Champasak is the point for you to have an overview of the spectacular Wat Phu.
Enjoy elephant riding in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Enjoy elephant riding in Luang Prabang, Laos.
 
Don Khong is the largest island and the seat of administration in the Si Phan Don riverine archipelago. Rather than cheap-as-chips bungalows, banana pancakes or river bars here, Don Khong offers real Lao life paired with a slow pace and sensational river views.
Vieng Xai: located in Hua Phan Province, the peaceful and tidy town of Vieng Xai is beautiful with caves and limestone mountains. Travel here is about interaction with people, riding the local buses, relaxing in a bungalow, or slowing down the pace of life. There is, however, one fantastic tourist attraction to come is the caves of Vieng Xai. 
Tha Khaek:  serving not as the most exciting town in Laos, Tha Khaek is on the tourist map as the jumping-off point for discovering the province’s mesmeric landscape and stirringly beautiful natural wonders.

Laos Suggestion Excursions :

Tha Khaek Loop is a 500-kilometre motorcycle journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Laos, taking place in the limestone scenery of Khammuan province, remote villages and lots of caves.
Bolaven Loop: A motorcycle trip through the Bolaven Plateau seems to be one of the most rewarding experiences offered in Southern Laos. This place is the home to a countless number of spectacular sceneries, waterfalls, tribal villages and unexplored comers galore. 
Vang Vieng Loop: Located around 150km from Vientiane, the small town of Vang Vieng is surrounded with immense mountain and forest. This town has long been famous for being a pretty attractive tourist attraction with cool and fresh air.
Vang Vieng is a peaceful town for backpacking with lots of interesting experience,
Vang Vieng is a peaceful town for backpacking with lots of interesting experience.
 
Pak Ou Loop: Riding through small villages to meet with the locals producing rice wine, Saa paper making & textiles before reaching the famous Pak Ou Caves would be interesting experiences for the Pak Ou Loop Tour. Pak Ou village marks the furthest point from Luang Prabang, so the tour is called Pak Ou Loop.