Places To Visit in Laos

Here are the top 24 tourist places in Laos

1. Vientiane

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Vientiane is the capital of Laos. This city unlike the other busy or noisy places present in Southeast Asia, is very quite as well as is a place where you can relax. This city is set up on the banks of the Mekong river and is designed as per the French architecture. This place which was initially la...

Best Time: November to February

2. Luang Prabang

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Laos is a country where you will not see anything Western or ultra modern. There are no McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Huts or Starbucks Coffee there. Luang Prabang is a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture. It is a city in north central Laos, consisting of ...

Best Time: November to March

3. Savannakhet

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Savannakhet is a city located on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos. Bordering Thailand, it is the capital of the province of the same name. It is a quiet town, which is mostly used as a stopover by tourists passing into Laos and Thailand, and offers not much for people looking for attractions.&n...

4. Phonsavan

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Located in central Laos, Phonsavan is the capital of Xieng Khouang province. It is known for the fertile plateau lined with rolling hills, caves, waterfalls and series of archaeological sites consisting of the mysterious plain of jars. It is one of the recommended places for tourists visiting Laos t...

5. Huay Xai

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Huay Xai, also known as Ban Houayxay, is the capital of the Bokeo province in Laos. Huay Xai lies on the border of Thailand by the side of the great Mekong river. It is mainly a stopover city for tourists travelling between Laos and Thailand by land. 

6. Luang Namtha

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Luang Namtha is located in the north of Laos and is the capital of the province of Laos of the same name. Luang Namtha city lies on the bank of the river Tha and borders with China on the northern front and Burma on the northwest. 

7. Nong Khiaw

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Nong Khiaw is a small, beautiful town located on the banks of the Ou River in Laos. It is known for the natural beauty consisting of limestone mountains, caves and forests.

8. Si Phan Don

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Si Phan Don which translates to Four Thousand Islands, is an island group located in the Mekong River in Southern Laos. Si Phan Don comprises of numerous islands of varying sizes, some of which get submerged during the monsoon. The four main islands in the group are Don Kong, Don Khon, Don Det and D...

9. Udomxai

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Udomxai is a province located in North Western Laos. Its capital city, Moung Xai is the second-largest city in the country. The province is known for its fertile plains used for cultivation, mineral deposits and the natural caves situated amidst limestone cliffs. 

10. Champasak

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Champasak is a province located in southwestern Laos, close to the borders of Thailand and Cambodia. It is best known for Champasak Cultural Landscape, which comprises of a series of 12th century Angkor temples, which are UNESCO heritage-listed sites.

11. Vang Vieng

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Vang Vieng is a small town located about 4 hours north of the capital city of Vientiane in Laos. It is situated on the banks of the Nam Song river and is surrounded by forested mountains. The city is known for the many caves, beautiful hiking trails, lakes and hidden waterfalls. For tourists traveli...

12. Kuang Si Falls

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Kuang Si Waterfall is a three-layered waterfall located close to the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. Biggest waterfall of the area, Kuang Si has three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream.Hire a tuk-tuk or minibus for a ride to this refresh...

13. Plain of Jars

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The Plain of Jars is an archaeological site located in the central plain of the Xiangkhoang Plateau in Phonsavan area. It is in the mountain range of Indochina in North East Laos. It is known for the megalithic or giant stone jars belonging to the Iron age over 2000 years ago. Thousands of massive s...

14. Thakhek

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Thakhek is a small town located in Khammouane province in central Laos. It is located on the banks of the Mekong River bordering Thailand and Vietnam. It is one of the cities known for the countryside life among the tourists, who come to explore the caves and nearby villages.

15. Bolaven Plateau

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Bolaven Plateau is an elevated region located in the Champasak province in southern Laos. It is a luxurious plain known for its cool climate, stunning waterfalls, forested mountains, coffee and remote villages home to the few ethnic groups in Laos. It is one of the most popular attractions among the...

16. Pak Beng

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Pak Beng is a small village on the Mekong River, located about halfway between the Huay Xai at the Thai border and Luang Prabang in Laos. It is a quiet town which receives very less visitors. It served as a stopover for boats and travellers passing through these towns. For tourists visiting Luang Pr...

17. Bokeo Nature Reserve

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Bokeo Nature reserve is a national park located near Ban Houayxay village in Bokeo province in Northwest Laos. Being on the banks of the Mekong River, the reserve area is home to precious gems, abundant wildlife and floral life. It was created to protect its population of the black-cheeked gibbon, w...

18. Vat Phou

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Wat Phou or Vat Phou is an ancient Angkor temple ruin located on the banks of the Mekong river close to the city of Pakse in southern Laos. The temple is known for its splendid Khmer architecture and is one of the top attractions among tourists visiting Pakse, which is recognized as a UNESCO listed ...

19. Tham Kong Lo Cave

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Tham Kong Lo or the Konglor is a karst limestone cave located in the Phou Hin Bun National Park close to Konglor in Khammouane Province in Laos. It is a deep cave running for about 7km through which the Nam Hinboun River flows. It is one of the most famous caves for tourists visiting Thakhek or Paks...

20. Paksong

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Paksong is a little hill town located on the Bolaven Plateau in the Champasak province in Southern Laos. The town itself has nothing to offer and is very thinly populated. It is popular among the tourists for the four waterfalls and beautiful mountains surrounding the village. It is also home to man...

21. Muang Khua

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Muang Khua is a small town located in the Phongsali Province in Northern Laos. It is a transit town between Udomxai town - the border town of Vietnam in the south and Ban Samphanh in the north. Located on the banks of the Nam Ou river, Muang Khua is known for the serene village life that can be expl...

22. Vieng Xai Caves

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Vieng Xai is a city located in Hua Phan Province in Laos. It is known for the hidden city - seven huge ancient caves amidst scenic Karst mountains that sheltered people and officers of Pathet Lao during the American war. It is one of the most visited caves among tourists visiting Laos for its rich n...

23. Muang Ngoi Neua

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Muang Ngoi Neua is a small village located on the Nam Ou River in Luang Prabang province in Northern Laos. With a population of just over 1000 and the town getting electricity only in 2013, it is one of the most secluded villages in a beautiful location, which has recently become popular among touri...

24. Pakse

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Pakse is the capital city of Champasak province located in Southern Laos. It is a major transport hub located on the banks of the Mekong and Se Don rivers. This modern city is known for the famous Bolaven Plateau, home to wonderful waterfalls and many beautiful Laotian style ancient Buddhist temples...

FAQs on Laos

What is the currency of Laos?

Lao Kip is the official currency of Laos. However, USD and Thai Baht are also used for transactions. Almost all hotels, shops and restaurants accept these currencies in most of the larger towns and cities but one is required to use Lao Kip in smaller places. The Kip notes are available in the denomination of 1, 5, 10, 50, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000. Only high-end hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards in cities Vientiane and Luang Prabang. However, make sure to carry cash, as it is mainly a cash based economy.

What is the history of Laos?

The areas currently known, as Laos was first occupied by the hill tribes Hmong and Mien along with migrating Thais. The first ever Lao princedom was formed during the 13th century, some of which about a century later was combined to form the Kingdom of Lan Xang by a warlord named Fa Ngu. After a small period of prosperity and peace, the kingdom was split into three martial kingdoms by the 1600s. With a careful eye from Vietnam on the territory, the control of Laos was taken over by Thailand (then Siam) about a century later in the 1700s. The final result of the fight between Laotians and Siamese was that ultimately both Laos and Vietnam came under Siamese rule. The French took control of the country with their arrival by the end of 19th century and occupied it, which lasted in 1953. However, even after independence, Laos witnessed tensions between royalist, communist and neutral forces and thus keeping the nation in a state of constant turmoil. Eventually, in 1975, communists were able to pull off a victory and take control. It began as a hard leftist stance but soon softened over the years to witness a distinct relaxation of the rules.

What is unique about culture of Laos?

Laos has a very rich culture and highly influenced by spirituality. More than half of the population in the country are ethnic Lao and are seen extending their culture to their art and architecture. Lao culture is also heavily influenced by the culture of its neighbouring countries taking its main essence from Buddhism and Hinduism.

Buddhism is the major religion in Laos. Other than that Hinayana(Theravada) form of Buddhism is followed by the inhabitants of the Laos-Lum (Valley Laos). There is also a minority of Laos-Theung, animism and Christianity.

The official language of the country is Lao but many tribal languages are also prevalent. French, Vietnamese and little English is also spoken. Some of the useful Lao phrases are:
Hello: Sabaai-dii
How are you?: Sabaai-dii baw:
Welcome: Nyin dee
Good morning: Sabaai-dii ton sao
Good-bye: s™hk dii der
Please: Kaluna
Thank you: Khawp jai
Sorry: Khaw thoht

How is Laos divided into regions?

Laos is a landlocked country sharing its border with several South-east Asian nations including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. This Asia's smallest country is mainly prevailed by mountains, rivers, and thus giving rise to a variety of flora and fauna. The country is divided into mainly three regions: Northern Laos, Central Laos, and Southern Laos. Where the northern part is all about hill tribe villages and mountains, the central region houses the sleepiest capital city of Southeast Asia, and southern region is known for its Mekong flatlands, more mountains and the most untouched area by tourists.
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