Discover the real Laos

 

 

Welcome to Laos, the land of culture and nature.  That's where the beautiful temples, stunning scenery, waterfalls and forest trekking are all lovely to take home.  You also meet some of the friendliest, warmest people in the world. And join in their colorful festivals and traditions that will take you back centuries.

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, known as Lao P.D.R. (or Laos for short), located at the heart of Indochina in Southeast Asia, landlocked between Thailand, Burma, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Around Laos

While the most popular destinations in Laos are Luang Prabang and Vientiane, there are much more to see and experience in this lovely country, known as the “Jewel of the Mekong”.

Vang Vieng provides a great stopover between the two major destinations and offers a wealth of activities surrounding its dramatic karst limestone scenery.

Further to the north is Luang Namtha, which has the highest concentration of ethnic groups of any one province in Laos (over 32 different ethnic groups). Xiengkhuang is the site of the enigmatic Plain of Jars.

Heading southwards, Khammouane and Savannakhet offer a great gateway into rural Laos, while if you continue further south you will come to Champasack Province – containing the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phou, the Bolaven Plateau and spectacular Four Thousand Islands (including Southeast Asia’s largest volume waterfall).

 

Vientiane ...

                     The capital of Laos


Located on the bank of the Mekong river, most travellers are fascinated by the city's exotic Eurasian setting. The confluence of several cultures has given Vientiane an appealing ambience. Vientiane's major attractions are its scenic Buddhist monasteries and the significant monuments that dominate the scenery of the capital which include Vat Sisaket, Vat Hor Prakeo, Patousay, That Luang Stupa, Vat Ongtu, etc...

     


Vientiane's That Luang stupa is the most impressive and biggest stupa in Laos, featured on the Lao insignia. This stupa was constructed in 1566 by King Setthathirat. In mid-November, religious rites as well as a fair are held here during the That Luang festival. It takes place at the time of the full moon of the 12th lunar month (November of every year). This is a Buddhist festival to honor the That which is considered as the national shrine. One of the days of this three-day festival is very special as large crowds gather at 6:00 am for an impressive ceremony of prayers and alms-giving.


The Patouxay, situated in the center of Vientiane prefecture, is a large monument reminiscent of the Arc de Triumphed in Paris. Its architecture incorporates typical Lao motifs. From the top one can have a panoramic view of the entire city.

   


Vat Phra Keo was also constructed by King Setthathirat. It was rebuilt after the Siamese razed it during the Siamese-Lao war of 1828. The building had housed the Emerald Buddha until it was taken to Bangkok following a skirmish with the Lao in 1778. Vat Phra Keo still displays some of the finest Buddha sculptures found in the country.

Vat Sisaket is the oldest temple in Vientiane, which has survived in its original form. Inside the main hall and along the walls of the courtyard surrounding it, a total of 6,840 Buddha images rest in small niches or on shelves. 

   


Vat Xieng Khouane (Buddha Park) - the park is a religious culture park located by the Mekong River, 24 kilometers downstream from Vientiane. Features include an enormous reclining Buddha, and a three-tiered model of heaven, earth and hell in which visitors may climb through.

Vang Vieng is located 156 km from the capital of Vientiane along the Road No. 13 north.  Looking over the quiet waters of the Nam Song to the limestone outcrops layering into the distance in hazy greys and blues, Vang Vieng is one of the most beautiful views imaginable.

     


Pha Tang
mountain is like a standing stupa that no one can climb up to its top. It is the most attractive and strange mountain in Vang Vieng because of its own unique shape created by nature. 


Luang Prabang ...

                                 World Heritage Town

As soon as you step ashore into Luang Prabang, the former capital of the ancient Lane Xang Kingdom, you will understand why it has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Despite its small size and quaint streets, the town exhibits a quiet splendor and an unassuming elegance hard to find in the world.  Luang Prabang has become one of the most famous attractions in Southeast Asia.

  


World Heritage Town:
Due to exemplarily traditional Lao architecture, cultural heritage and the 32 ancient temples remaining in this former royal capital, Luang Prabang was officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995.  The most famous temples include Vat Xieng Thong, a magnificent example of early Luang Prabang temple architecture; Vat That Chomsi, perched a top Phousi Hill with panoramic views; and Vat Visoun, with its unusual “Watermelon Stupa", among others.

Tad Kuang Si is a scenic waterfall surrounded by clear pools for swimming, local restaurants, and shady trees. The falls can be reached by road or by a 3-hrs walk from Ban Long Lao. Tad Xe, 15 Km from town, is a series of cascading-step waterfalls in natural surroundings, which are perfect for picnicking and swimming. 

      


Tham Ting Cave
(Pak Ou Cave) is famous for more than 4.000 Buddha statues placed there by local people seeking merit. Located 30 Km north of Luang Prabang at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers, you can arrange a trip to the cave from Luang Prabang by boat or car.

Luang Prabang’s Night Market is one of the most attractive places. Many types of local and northern provincial products are for sale, particularly souvenirs made from cotton and silk. The night market runs along Srisivangvong Road, from the Phousi Hotel to the National Museum directly opposite the entrance to Mount Phousi, a distance of approximately 500 meters.

The Night Market is called “Lorlat” – local word for "Colorful".  Local products are displayed from late afternoon until midnight. This market is a highlight for many tourists and it helps to support the local handicraft workers.

 

Xieng Khuang ...

                               The Land of Plain of Jars


Located in the Northeast of Laos bordering with Vietnam and about 435 Km  from Vientiane, Xieng Khuang is a mountainous region and the weather is quite cool throughout the year.  Surrounding the Paek district, mountains are barren. You would see very good view of landscape when you are on airplane.

Plain of Jars Sites 1, 2 and 3 -- These archeological sites consist of clusters of stone jars, varying in height from 1-3 meters in size dotted in the landscape of Xieng Khuang. More than 60 sites have been recorded.  According to archeological studies, these jars are funerary urns carved by Iron Age people dated back to 2500 years ago.

     

Three major sites are easily accessible from Phonesavanh: Site #1 (10 km southeast of Xieng Khuang) has the biggest collection of Jars – over 250 – and also the largest single jar. At Site #2 (25 km south) – known as Hai Hin Phu Salato – about 100 jars spread across two adjacent hills.  Site #3 (10 km further south) is located on a small hill from which one can enjoy great views to the surrounding plains and the farming community of Ban Xiengdi.


Vat Santiphap (Temple). This is the biggest and very important temple in Phonesavanh. It’s the first temple that has been arranged for an annual Buddhism ceremony.  The monks here are very kind and are willing to help tourists.


Buddha Cave. An old and ancient Buddha sculpture that has been here for thousands of years.  It's strongly connected with the word “Xieng Khuang”. It’s located at Xieng Nga village, Phou Kut District, not far away from Noong Tang, 49 km from Phonsavanh.


Hot springs in Meuangkham District. Approximately 53 km north of the provincial capital of Phonsavanh in Kham district, there are two hot spring: Bo Noi (little spring) and Bo Yai (big spring).  Tourists can enjoy a bath in natural hot spring, but they must be careful because its temperature can reach 60°C.


Southern Of Laos ...

                                        Vat Phou Champasack


Champasack lies to the Southwest of Laos. The capital city is Pakse, located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Sedon Rivers. Southeast Asia's biggest waterfall, Khone Pha Pheng, is within easy reach by boat or by road.

In this province you will find ancient temples which were influenced from the Angkor people who settled in Cambodia. There are many different minorities in Champasack whom have their own languages, cultures and lifestyles. The distance from Vientiane to Pakse, the provincial capital of Champasack, is 610 km by Route 13 (south) via the provinces of Bolikhamxay, Khammouane, Savannakhet and Salavan.

 


The Vat Phou complex (temple) is one of the Southeast Asia's best examples of both early and classic Khmer architecture dating from the 7th to 12th centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the ancient city of Shestrapura and many little known but interesting archeological sites along the banks of the Mekong River. There are also many fine examples of traditional Lao homes and buildings from the colonial period. If you are in Champasack during February, don't miss the Vat Phou Festival.

Khon Phapheng waterfall is located at the southernmost section of Road #13 South (157 km from Pakse).  From there, just turn right and continue for 2 km, you would reach Khon Phapheng. This is the greatest waterfall and most popular attractions in the province, in Laos and also of the Southeast Asia countries. Among the waterfall's many channels and rocky outcrops, visitors can see local people using traditional fishing techniques.

Li Phi waterfall, just north of Khone Phapheng, is another amazing natural site that is best seen during the months of December-March when the cascade of clear waters are tinted to form emerald green. Food and beverage facilities are available at both sites of its bank.

    

 

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