10 scenic spots not to be missed in Laos

Laos is a country with many beautiful sceneries, suitable for adventurous travelers, for those who have the passion for discovery, love nature and unafraid of hardships.

1. Bokeo Nature Reserve
The protected area was created to protect the population of the black-cheeked gibbon, which was previously thought to be extinct. This trip will be not completed if the tourists have not experienced life at the Gibbon Experience Zone, an ecotourism project combined conservation.

Bokeo Nature Reserve

Bokeo Nature Reserve

Visitors have the chance to play Tarzan swining high across valleys, and living in soaring tree houses. This reserve is also home to many species of elephants, bears, tigers and water buffalo.

2. Nong Kiau
Nong Kiau, also called Nong Khiaw, is an attractive tourists destination in the Laotian province of Luang Prabang. This beautiful rustic little town has a bridge, which connects the two banks of Nam Ou River and gives you a great view of the river, and the breathtaking rocks, mountains and hills around it. Adventure lovers can explore Tok Pha cave located about 2km from the village. This cave set high in a limestone cliff sheltered villagers and Pathet Lao fighters during the Second Indochina war. Nong Kiau is a relatively backward village, so visitors should not expect the quality of the service here.

Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw

3. Tham Kong Lo
Tham Kong Lo is a limestone cave located in Phu Hin Bin national park. Located on Phu Hin Bin River, this is one of the geological wonders of the famous Southeast Asian region. The cave is 6.5 km long and 91m high. The Nam Hin Bun river flows through the cave, making it only accessible by small boats which must be hired from one of the river villages. The river glows a bright emerald color which locals hold as sacred, believing it to reflect the skin of the Hindu god Indra.

Tham Kong Lo is a limestone cave

Tham Kong Lo is a limestone cave

4. Luang Namtha Province
Luang Namtha is the largest city in the northwestern region of Laos. This is a famous spot for all climber, who travel to Laos by climbing from China. Guests can visit the villages of ethnic minority people by crossing the hills. Also, renting a motorbike or mountain bike is a great way to visit the village, the nearby waterfall. After a day of hiking,  visitors can relax with a soak in the tub filled with herbal water. The night market here is also an ideal place to enjoy many exciting specialties.

5. Si Phan Don
This is a group of  beautiful islands in the Mekong River in Southern Laos. The Mekong River flows through this region and creates many impressive cascading waterfalls such as the Li Phi falls located on the North West corner of Don Khon and the Khone Phapheng falls found South of Don Khon, which is the largest waterfall in South East Asia.
Here you can see a small group of rare Irrawaddy dolphins. A dolphin watching tour by boat costs around 80,000 Kip per person. The most visited islands are Don Khon, Don Det and Don Khong, which is the largest island. Motorcycles and kayaks can be rented in town.

6. Phonsavan
Phonsavan is an ideal destination to experience green hills and pine forests. Phonsavan stands for "hills of paradise". Bullfighting is also held every New Year. Phonsavan's most famous attraction is the nearby Plain of Jars, which has been nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status.

Hills of paradise

Hills of paradise

7. Wat Phu
Wat Phou is a Hindu temple complex built under the Khmer Empire, which dominated much of Southeast Asia from the 10th-14th century. It is situated on a hillside and offers stunning views over the surrounding land and Mekong River. Wat Phu may be small compared to Angkor but it has many impressive ceremonies and fun activities. These include monk-blessing ceremonies, elephant racing, buffalo and cock fighting as well as a trade fair.

8. Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng is a famous tourist-oriented town in Laos, which is about four hours from Vientiane capital. It has its original name as Mouang Song. The the town was renamed Vang Vieng during French colonial rule in the 1890s. It is famous thanks to the hills of weathered limestone. The town is situated along the Nam Song River, so that there are many activities for visitors such as kayaking, snorkeling or hiking. Around here there are villages of ethnic Hmong people.

9. Vientiane
Laos' capital was once a French colony. Visitors thusly can just encounter French architectures in every corner. The most attractive landmark here is the national symbol Phu Pha That Luang with 49 meters high Buddhist architecture, was built in 1586. Besides, there is Wat Si Muang, which was built on Khmer Empire Hindu shrine.

The capital of Laos

The capital of Laos

10. Luang Prabang
The former capital of Laos is also the most famous tourist destination. Luang Prabang is s built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, including plenty of waterfalls and tropical animal. Many legends are associated with the city because here is a sacred place of many monasteries and Buddhist temples.

The pagodas in Luang Prabang are among the most sophisticated Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, and are richly decorated

The pagodas in Luang Prabang are among the most sophisticated Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, and are richly decorated

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