Top Things to do in Laos

Top Things to do in Laos

Laos is a captivating destination to soak up something different in Asia. The charm of Laos does not come from tropical beaches or exotic islands but friendly people and authentic landscapes. It is a wonderful place to walk with the elephant, cruising the mighty Mekong River or simply cut off for an eco friendly holiday. 
For a perfect travel plan to Laos, these essential experiences are something you should not miss

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Witness the Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

Do you wish for a novel experience in Laos? The alms-giving ceremony in Luang Prabang is a perfect answer. This ancient ritual is practiced in the morning by hundreds of monks who are beautifully dressed in bright-colored robes. Other than that, don’t omit the royal capital of Luang Prabang with its mix of French colonial buildings and ancient red-roofed Buddhist temples.

luang prabang waterfall

Waterfall Hopping Luang Prabang

Undoubtedly, the tourist hub of Luang Prabang has not ony the ancient town - Unesco Heritage to seduce its visitors. The surrounding which have abundance of hidden waterfall, picture-perfect valleys, tropical jungles are something you should not miss.
The most popular site for waterfall visit is Kuang Sii, however, if can opt many other sites likes Tat Sae, Khoun Muong Keo to enjoy less-traffic routes and plunge into their natural pools. 

high rock laos
Photo: Green Discovery Laos

Conquer the High Rock in Phou Hin Boun 

Phou Hin Boun National Protected Area offers stunning rock landscapes. It is similar to Stone forest of China yet remain wild. This trendy adventure is operated by Green Discovery Laos which offers 3 hours climbing, flying over the photogenic rock formation, doing via Ferrata. 
It is a very beguiling site to get some adventurous, instagram post when you walk over the spider net bridge. 

laos elephant experience
Photo: Dan Aiwei

Get Elephant Experiences

Laos is often known as country of millions of elephants. When planning your trip to Laos, you`ll access various source for Elephant Camps in Laos. It is so obvious that it is one of the highlighted activity you should enjoy. 
Bathing, having fun with elephants in their living space could be some sort of lifetime experience here. 

 wat phou

Visit the Wat Phu Temple in Champasak

Situated in the province of Champasak, Wat Phu Temple is one of the reasons for a Laotian trip, especially for lovers of temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of ruins that are more than 1000 years old.
A tour to this spot starts with a visit to the six terraces and later join the frangipani-bordered stairway that leads to the main shrine at the top of the mountain.

muong ngoi
Photo: Anne Roberts

Visit the Hot Springs of Muang La

One of the big draws in Laos is the hot springs of Muang La. It is a must if you are in the country for a relaxing holiday. Next to the springs is Ban Longya, a large wat with a stone that is believed to have the Buddha’s footprint.

Bolaven Plateau
Photo: Veky Arnaut

Discover the Marvels of the Bolaven Plateau

For an insight into the Laotian culture and Wildlife, visit the Bolaven Plateau. Adding to the dense jungles and mysterious waterfalls, this area is dotted by many authentic villages inhabited by numerous ethnic groups. More to appreciate here are the high-grade coffee plantations and many protected National Parks with abundant Wildlife species.

kong lor cave
Photographer : Tiki Tonga ( more about her photos  here )

Explore the Kong Lor Cave

Kong Lor Cave is a cavers’ dream. Located near the picture-perfect village of Hin Boun, this impressive rock grotto measures 7.5km. A boat cruise is the best way to explore this natural wonder with its magnificent stalagmites. Once navigated successfully to the other side of the cave, you can take a short walk to the secluded Ban Pom Ngam village.


laos cruise
Photo: Luangsay

Embark on a Luang Say Cruise

Nothing is more satisfying than a cruise along the Mekong River. While in Laos, Luang Say cruise is the best. It starts from Luang Prabang and reveals many picturesque spots along the way like the Pak Ou Caves, charming villages and colorful markets. Apart from the scenic vistas of the riverside scenery, off the boat, travelers are granted a chance to experience the local life along the banks.

nong khiaw

Explore the Town of Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw is said to be one of the nicest towns in Laos. Encircled by dazzling limestone cliffs, Nong Khiaw is a great base if you want to take a boat cruise to Nam Ou River or explore the nearby quaint villages. Don’t miss a walk along the pretty bridge which connects two parts of Nong Khiaw. From this bridge, views of the river and vast landscapes are unmatched.

Discover Xe Pian

Xe Pian is a favorite destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Tucked in Champasak and Attapeu provinces, this protected area is home to 29 ecosystem types. In addition to various species of birds, Xe Pian renders grassy habitats to abundant wild animals such as tigers, Collar and Malay bears, Indian otters, Malayan Shire and Asian elephants.

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