9 Best Landscapes in Laos You Must Visit Once in a Lifetime (Updated!)
1. Vang Vieng
Located about 150kmfrom Vientiane Capital, the small town of Vang Vieng is overwhelmed with the immense of mountains and forests. 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.
Taking the advantage of location which leans on the mountain and faces river, Vang Vieng is seen to be a peaceful countryside on the shores of Nam Song River.
Admire the beautiful Vang Vieng town on a hot balloon.
2. Khoun Kong Leng Lake
The lake which is around 30 km to the North from Thakhaek town, Khammuane province is famous for the clear as crystal water. Water here comes from an underground river which has been filtered through some layers of limestone. It is shallow in the area nearby the bridge which allows you to swim or have baths. Besides, you can also wander on the trail surrounding the forest.
3. Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang is the name of an imposing golden plated tower in Vientiane capital. This is also an important relic and a pride of the people in Laos. Built on the ground of an old Khmer temple in 16th century, this giant tower still maintains its beauty of diverse architecture despite the ups and downs of time and history.
4. Kuang Si Waterfall
Kuang Si Waterfall, which is also known as Kuang Xi or Tat Kuang Si is a complex of 3 waterfalls, about nearly 30km from the centre of Luang Prabang. This is one of the most favourite destinations for tourists coming to Laos. The main fall is of around 60m high, falling down creating small lakes which look like natural swimming pools. In the past, this attraction is free for tourists but now, it takes you some entrance fee serving as fund for maintaining and preserving it. In this area, there is also a reservation area for bear with some rare individuals of bear.
Kuangsi waterfalls in Luang Prabang, Laos.
5. The field of jars
About 30km from Phon Sa Vanh – the administrative centre of Xieng Khoang, the fields of jars is located on a plateau of tens of ha wide. However, due to the affects of remaining bombs and mines from the war in Indochina, only a part of the field are revealed for tourists to visit and study. Being discovered more than 1 century ago, but the establishment and usage of these jars remains a question.
In Xieng Khoang, there are a fields of jars that is very original.
6. Tham Khoun Xe Cave
Tham Khoun Xe, better known as Xe Bang Fai is a large cave in Khammouane province, at Central Region of Laos. The cave was discovered by a group of French explorers in 1905.
According to their report, Tham Khoun Xe Cave is an underground part of Xe Bang Fai River. This is one of the largest river cave complex with some caves of 120m high, 200m wide with many impressive geological structures.
Inside the cave, there is a lust forest which the green of leaves is opposite to the white and orange of the terraced rice fields, creating unique pictures on the wall of limestone.
7. Si Phan Don or 1000 Islands
Si Phan Don which means 1000 islands in Laos language is the attraction that all tourist coming to Laos want to visit. This is the largest section of Mekong River with almost 14km wide where there are around 4000 large and small islands called dunes. Si Phan Don seems to be the fascinating picture in Laos.
Coming to this attraction, you will wish to spend your all 24 hour on a 4-wheel-vehicle or a boat flowing on river to see the rare kind of pink dolphin called Irrawaddy and then sitting on a hammock to enjoy a jar of Laos Beer which has long been famous.
Si Phan Don where remains a very strong flow and more than 1000 islands.
8. Wat Phu
Wat Phu is a sacred temple, the most typical cultural construction of Champasak which is recognized as the world cultural heritage. It is a complex of temples built of stone from 9th century to 13th century which is considered one of the most sacred temples on this land. Wat Phu is in the style of Hindu architecture, worshipping Shiva God. Thus, it seems to be similar to Angkor Wat – the world cultural heritage of the neighbour country namely Cambodia.
9. Pak Ou Cave
Pak Ou Cave or the Buddhist Cave is said to be the attraction that should not be ignored in Luang Prabang. To reach the site, you have to conquer a distance of around 25 km along Mekong River. Thousands of Buddhist statues inside the cave create a wonderful landscape. The surrounding landscapes of the cave are also worth to discover.
Pak Ou Cave on the bank of Luang Prabang River.
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