1. Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng is a small town which is known as ‘paradise’ for adventurers and holiday makers alike. This is a must-see destination for first time visitors to Vientiane province.
Limestone hills and the landscape along Nam Phong river bring out a unique tranquility and pristineness, which makes this town one of the best places to visit in Laos.
In Vang Vieng, tourists can lay back in grass hut built on the river, idly float by on buoys, or go kayaking along the river and enjoy the fresh air, the calm, clear sky, and the breathtaking view.
2. Khoun Kong Leng lake
Khoun Kong Leng lake is listed as one of the best places to see in Laos. It is a lake with beautiful landscape and incredibly crystal-clear blue water that comes from an underground river and has been filtered through layers of limestone located in the surrounding mountains.
At Khoun Kong Leng, travelers can take a relaxing hike along the trail around the forest, or immerse in the lovely water below the viaduct. The lake is very well-preserved, and there are rules and regulations in place to ensure it stay that way, so remember to check with your tour guide or the local to see if it’s ok to do something.
3. Luang Prabang
This is an ancient Buddhism capital that can satisfy any travelers with its peaceful and splendid nature beauty.
Many people choose to stop at Luang–Prabang on their tours through Laos to see the mendicant friars as well as the city’s casual-aristocratic look. Moreover, the inhabitants of Luang;Prabang are extremely considerate and friendly, and will make you love this place right from the very first moment.
4. Pha That Luang
The capital of Vientiane and its many unique and charismatic historical attractions have always has a special pull towards foreign tourists. Pha That Luang is one of the most celebrated destinations in Vientiane.
Pha That Luang is the name of a bulky gold-plated stupa in Vientiane. It is not only an important monument but also a great pride for people of Laos.
The stupa stands on an old Khmer temple ground from the 16th century. To present day, this great temple has ceaselessly spread out a halo that pulls back millions of travelers. It is the greatest reason why Pha That Luang deserves to be one of the 8 best places to visit in Laos.
5. Phonsavan: the plain of jars
It would be a big shame if you miss out Phonsavan in your tours to Laos. Phonsavan, which means “hills of paradise,” is a good place to experience the U.S’ Old West, only with added Laotian characteristics.
Located near the city of Kham Muon, Phonsavan has thousands of 2000-year-old stone jars scattered along a field. Moreover, surrounding these jars are hundreds of tales and lore that will definitely peak your curiosity.
The field was also the most brutal battlefield during the Indochinese war and traces of battles once fought still speak volumes to visitors now.
6. Si Phan Don
Si Phan Don (meaning ‘4000 islands’) is always among the best places to visit for adventurers. The Mekong river is broadest at this section, and more than 4000 islands make the landscape look like a watercolor painting. The three principal islands that cater to tourists are Don Det, Don Khon and Done Kong.
Here in Si Phan Don, you will definitely want to spend a full a day to explore landscape, row down the Mekong and watch rare Irrawaddy pink dolphins dance in the water, or relax on a hammock and enjoy Laos renowned beer.
7. Tham Khoun Xe cave
There is no surprise that Tham Khoun Xe cave is the top list of best places to visit in Laos. The cave was;discovered by a group of French explorers in 1905. It is also one of the largest river caves in the world with a giant tunnel system and impressive geological composition.
The entrance to the cave is a luxuriant verdant forest. The exquisite combination of green trees, and white and orange terraced fields on limestone walls create an absolutely breath-taking view that dazzles every visitors. That makes Tham Khoun Xe a worthwhile detour for all tourists.
8. Kuang Si falls
The last place on our list of best places to visit in Laos is the adorable Kuang Si waterfall.
Kuang Si waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the Luang;Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-meter drop into spectacular azure pools. The falls are very popular with both tourists and locals.
Breathtaking cascades of water make Kuang Si one of Luang Prabang’s most popular tourist attractions. The journey to the waterfall is worth taking time over vistas across beautiful rice fields, with the added opportunity of meeting friendly locals along the way.