Laos, Southeast Asia is the epitome of tranquility. Although a beautiful country it’s quite secluded and as much of a tourist hub as you’d expect it to be. It is known for its spectacular limestone mountains that offer you amazing opportunities for trekking and exploring the eerie karst formations and caves, and for its forests and breathing views of waterfalls.
The country has a wide delicious local food palette with Thai and Indian influences. Laos is a beautiful country with innumerable number of places to visit but these 5 are a no-miss because of the variety, beauty, history and rich culture they bring with them. Read up to find out!
Vientiane is the charming little capital of Laos littered with a surplus of French inspired architecture such as a Laotian version of the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris known as Patuxai. There are also other allures that are well worth a visit such as the sprawling local markets and temples like Wat Si Saket which is the oldest of its kind in Vientiane. It is also the home of the most noteworthy national monument in Laos called Pha That Luang (a huge gold-covered Buddhist stupa).
Move north from Vientiane and you will land here! It’s delimited by striking limestone mountains and caves. Along with the gorgeous mountains that surround the little settlement, it has a range of bars and restaurants for some fun social gatherings. Vang Vieng has three blue lagoons that are available as part of a packaged tour, that includes visiting caves, lagoons, hiking and what not and it is worth every bit!
Beko Nature Reserve
Bokeo Nature Reserve has to be your next stop. It is named after its large reserve of gems with its name meaning “the pearl mine”. It has forests and mountainous terrain, where many and insects live (also the native Black-cheeked gibbon is a delight to check out). Apart from sightseeing the fascinating reserve, tourists also experience swinging cables to move from the tree houses or wobbling footbridges. Bokeo is a majestic land of peaceful cohabitation and wonder!
Nong Khiaw is a popular tourist destination in Laos. It has walking and cycling routes near the village and also mountain-climbing opportunities. Nong Khiaw is a wonderful spot to visit if you like hiking or if you just want to check out more rural beauty and the limestone mountains should be thanked for it. Pha Tok Caves attract a lot of tourists. These caves makeup a section of the stunning limestone bluffs for which Nong Khiaw is famous.
Tham Kong Lo
Tham Kong Lo, the limestone cave is located in Phu Hin Bun National Park. It is located near the Nam Hinboun River, which drifts into a cave. It is only accessible by small boats that must be hired from one of the river villages which is an adventure in itself!