Laos Tours: 5 Best Tourist Destinations in Laos
Laos is a country in Southeast Asia that has a geography that isolates it from the rest of the world. But this isolation from the rest of the world has only made a visit to Laos seem like a trip back in time. Laos tours are designed to be relaxing in order to complement fully its laid-back lifestyle and vibrant culture. But as more roads are opened into the sleepy country, hundreds of tourists venture into an adventure into its midst every year.
Here are the top 6 tourist destinations in Laos ทัวร์ลาว.
1. Si Phan Don
Si Phan Don is majestic. The term translates to mean “4,000 islands” but more than that, it has the great Mekong River coursing through them. While majority of the river is impassable because of the strong current, there are certain parts that are offer kayaking and boating. If you’re lucky, you might even see some of the highly endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins at the Khone Falls nearby.
2. Plain of Jars
It’s not every day that you get to see a plain filled with ancient jars. In some places, these jars wouldn’t survive centuries because they could either get damaged with land expansions or stolen for their value. But not in Laos.
The plain of jars is usually included in most Laos tours. It is located around the town of Phonsavan. These stone jars are said to be prehistoric burial practices so they are closely associated to the culture and tradition of the ancient Lao.
3. Pha That Luang
The Pha That Luang is the most important infrastructure in Laos. It is golden so it’s very hard to miss from afar. The stupa is located in Vientiane and has several terraces that represent the stages of Buddha enlightenment.
While on your Laos tours, your guide will tell you that the Pha That Luang was built in the 16th century on top of the ruins of the Khmer Temple. It is very rich in history so feel free to create new memories in it too.
4. Luang Prabang “The World Heritage City”
The Luang Prabang Province is one of the most beautiful areas in Laos. It is located nearest to the Mekong River and is home to several high valleys. In ancient times, the Luang Prabang was called the “Kingdom of a Million Elephants”.
The entire province can be covered on foot so you don’t need to hire any means of transportation. Also, it is amazing to see how the culture of this province remains to be intact and its beauty unspoilt.
5. Tham Ting (Park of Holy Caves)
This is a rather unusual place to see. Located in a cave above the Mekong River, the Tham Ting is a sanctuary to the many Buddha statues that it houses. The cave is an integral part of the people’s religion. Every time a Lao visits a cave, it is imperative that a Buddha statue be left as a sign of respect and reverence. That is why the number of statues inside the holy cave increases every year.
Since Laos is located near the Mekong River, boats are among the best and most effective means of transportation. The mountainous area also makes it difficult for your ordinary cars and vehicles so the Lao became more creative and thought of the Tuk Tuks or motorcycle pulling a wagon with two benches. Enjoy your Laos tours!