Laos is one of the few truly exotic travel destinations left in the world. With a 'back-in-time' feel to it and with a truly friendly population combined with atmospheric Buddhist temples, places of interest and enigmatic heritage sites, you are guaranteed a roller coaster of a cultural ride in exploring this country.
Luang Prabang: Luang
Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in northern Laos, is an important
yet charming little town that ranks among the top must-visit destinations in
the country. It features former royal palaces and more than 30 temples, old french
colonial architecture as well as beautiful natural sites.
That Luang: That Luang, or the Great Stupa, in Vientiane is a national symbol (on Laosâ€™ official seal) and also the most sacred monument in the country. From the outside That Luang looks more like a fortress surrounded by high walls and it features two temples with the main stupa, the top of which is covered with gold leaf, standing 148 feet tall.
Vang Vieng: Vang Vieng is simply a piece of heaven on earth that has attracted many world travellers for years, especially young backpackers. Surrounded by great mountains, rivers, limestone cliffs and rice fields, this small and scenic town offers a long list of interesting attractions. The Nam Song River is where you will witness the infamous 'tubing'.
Wat Sisaket: Wat Si Saket located in Vientiane is famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images and rows with hundreds of seated Buddhas. These images mainly date from the 16th and 19th centuries and come in all sizes and are made from wood, stone and bronze â€“ more than 6,800 Buddhas in total.
Bolaven Plateau and Tad Fane Waterfall: Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is famous for its great scenery, ethnic villages and unexplored corners. Itâ€™s probably best known for being home to some of Southeast Asia's most spectacular waterfalls including Tad Fane and Dong Hua Sao. The plateauâ€™s elevation ranges approximately from 1,000 to 1,350 metres above sea level.
Bokeo: Bokeo is a peaceful rural province in north-western Laos. Rich in natural resources with hilly mountains, tropical forest and farmland, Bokeo is also home to many ethnic groups who still preserve their traditional lifestyles and culture.