If you’re considering a Laos Tour, there’s a number of places you should definitely scribble in your itinerary. Although it is one of the most stunning countries in Southeast Asia, a Laos tour is not as popular as those in countries like Thailand and Vietnam. Nevertheless, a trip to this magnificent nation will open your eyes to some of the hidden gems in this corner of the world.
No Laos tour would be complete without a visit to Luang Prabang, so we’ll start there. Nestled deep within the mountains of the north between the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, this city is one of the most finely preserved in the region and the street life is largely characterised by the sounds of bells and the commutes of Buddhist monks who spend their mornings collecting Alms.
If your looking for a dose of adventure during your Laos tour, you should certainly consider a visit to the Bokeo Nature reserve. Glide through the forest canopy on zip lines and enjoy the tranquility and hospitality of the tree houses as you help to preserve the natural surroundings.
Si Phan Don is another popular stopping point for anyone embarking on a Laos tour. This archipelago is known as the 4000 Islands and is located at the southern point of the country where the Mekong River reaches the amazing Khone Falls before greeting Cambodia. Some of the rarest dolphins in the world are located here and the land is completely unspoiled, creating a tranquil and pleasant setting.
Vieng Xai is a city like no other and should be paid homage to during your Laos Tour. Built underground during the Vietnam war, this intriguing place housed more than 20,000 people during the war and featured shops, a hospital, movie theatre and military barracks.
As the largest body of moving water in Southeast Asia, the Mekong River boasts a surprise at every corner. Battling its way through some of the globe’s most challenging and unexplored terrain, this river is loaded with mystery and excitement. Although a boat trip from Huay Xai to Luang probing is enjoyed by many on a Laos tour, a great way to explore this river is to hire a motorbike and explore the country roads close to the river.
Kuang Si Waterfall is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any Laos tour and is just a day’s ride away from Luang Prabang. This magical setting features a large 50 metre drop waterfall which then continues on to numerous other magical and surreal falls and pools. Boasting a gorgeous tone of turquoise, these falls are a sight which no camera can adequately compliment.
If you liked Khao San Road in Bangkok, you’ll love Vang Vieng during your Laos tour. Generally, most visitors to this destination are backpackers in their twenties, who travel here to enjoy happy shakes and tube rides down the river. The limestone hills and multiple shades of greenery help to form one of the most beautiful backdrops in the entire country.
For added mystery during your Laos tour, you could also drop by Tha Kong Lo Cave, a place where the ceiling rise to around 100 metres in places and the river flows for more than five miles. Locals in the nearby villages offer daily boat trips here and you will even get the chance to explore the caves on foot.
One of the most historic and important monuments in the country and Pha That Luang, which is located in the quiet capital city of Vientiane. Built in the 16th century, this temple is riddled with historic and intrinsic value an is a giant source of pride for the local people. No Laos tour is complete without a visit here.
The destinations mentioned are merely a glimpse at what you can enjoy during a Laos tour. There are many other fabulous destinations to visit in this country, such as Muang Ngoi Neua, Vat Phou, the Bolaven Plateau and Mount Phousi. As always, should you require more detailed information about any of these wonderful destinations, don’t hesitate to contact us at Your Vietnam Travel and we’ll help you to build a Laos Tour you will never forget.