If you are visiting Laos for the first time, you are probably asking what is there to do and see.
While the options are countless, I have a short list here to help you sort that out.
Make sure to include some of these in your itinerary.
Here are the 7 Best Things to Do and See in Laos.
Visit Ban Nam Sang Hill-Tribe
This village is one of the most hidden secrets in Laos. Ban Nam Sang Hill Tribe village is located in Bokeo area, just 20 kilometers away from Huay Xai. Visitors are advised to take permission from the village leader before entering to explore the hidden gem of Laos.
The village is a home to a large population of the rare people of Lao Huay ethnicity. Although tourists may feel compelled to bring gifts to show appreciation, these may be regarded as a threat to the traditional ways of living prefered by the tribe. However, money can be given discreetly to the village headman, which will be used to fund schools.
4000 Islands in Champasak
These are a group of small islands scattered around in Champasak. Most of them are miniature islands, which remain uninhabited. The most visited islands of the whole group are Don Dhet and Don Khong. These two are located on the southern side and are very close to the Cambodian border. Both islands are inhabited by mostly self-sufficient villages.
Don Khong knows more visitors because it is easier to reach, while Don Dhet is less crowded. These two islands offer a real escape from the modern lifestyle, with rare dolphin-watching as a bonus. There is also a waterfall, which is believed to be the biggest of Southeast Asia. You can get there by boat for only $1, but do not expect luxury accommodations. Read more here.
Kuan Si Waterfall
Speaking of waterfalls, this one is located just 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang area. You can rent your own bicycle to take you there, which means you will have the pleasure of amazing scenery before reaching the waterfall and afterward.
The waterfall has a 50 meter water drop, from the different tiers, into amazing azure pools. These pools are popular among visitors who’d love to jump in and have a nice swim. Also, there are many breathtaking cascades of cold water thanks to the nice weather surrounding the area. You can even climb up the rocks to the top of the stream to enjoy an even more wonderful sight.
Buddha Park in Vientiane
There are over 200 religious sculpture in one park that was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleau Sulilat. Among the amazing Buddhist and Hindu gods, there is an outstanding deity with 12 faces and many arms, each holding a different but equally interesting object.
The park can be easily reached by a public bus as it is located along the Mekong River. It is open all week from 8am to 6pm. There are many souvenir shops right next to the park as well as cafes and restaurant. Therefore, you can walk and climb as much as you want in the park, and find a comfortable cafe seat to relax at. However, there are small entrance and photography fees to pay.
Laos’ most sacred monument is located in Vientiane. That Luang is a national monument as it is locally believed to have been standing tall since the third century. However, the new current structure was built in 1566 on a 13th century Khmer ruin.
During the Boun That Luang Festival in Vientiane, many locals and tourists from Loas as well as neighboring countries come to visit the monument. They come to pay their respect to the stupa in That Luang, where the main event is held. That is because the festival is considered the most important Buddhist celebration in Loas.
Royal Palace Museum
Walking from almost anywhere in downtown Luang Prabang, you will see the big architectural beauty of the Royal Palace Museum. Even though the main building is fairly new, the exhibits actually go back centuries in the history of Lang Xang kingdom. The building was originally the king’s residence before 1975.
The Royal Palace Museum was opened to the public in 1995. As part of the museum, you can check the royal family’s apartments as they have been preserved to offer a glimpse into the royal lifestyle. You can visit the museum every day, except for Tuesdays, all year round. It is open to the public from 8am to 11:30am, and 1:30pm to 4pm.
Have a Taste of Heaven in Vang Vieng
Probably one of the most visited areas in Laos is Vang Vieng. It is, simply put, a piece of heaven. It is a small town surrounded by plenty of breathtaking scenic landscape. Vang Vieng offers a lot of attractions to its visitors, making it our very best suggestion for things to do in Laos.
You will find the famous Nam Song River, where you will witness the famous tubing. There is also Tham Poukham Cave, which has a very nice swimming spot called the Blue Lagoon. There is so much more to Vang Vieng that we simply cannot list here, therefore read more about it here.
Visit Many Cities in Laos
As you have noticed, there are many cities to visit in Laos. You can find many travel guides here.
Visit the Travel Guide for the city you want to spend your holidays. We have everything you need from flight information to hotel suggestions and things to do in each city.
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Have a great trip.
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