Top 5 Destinations You Cannot Miss When Travelling Laos

Laos – official name Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a Southeast Asian country which doesn't have the coast, bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the East, Cambodia to the Southern and Thailand to the West. Laos is famous with the name ‘Kingdom of Million Elephants’. When it comes to visit Laos, tourists will be attracted by the breathtaking landscapes, beautiful waterfalls, multi-shape Buddhist sculptures, thousand ancient temples and palaces and friendly people.

1. Vientiane

Vientiane is Lao’s capital and also the largest city. It appeals to tourists with these places below: Pha That Luang which is the symbol of Laos and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. The stupa of Pha That Luang was listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Wat Simuang – one of Vientiane’s most popular sites of worship, this temple is the place where monks offer blessings and worshipper usually come to pray for good things for themselves, family and friend

Sisaket Temple – one of the oldest temple in Vientiane that still remains the ancient form. The temple is one of the few that survived from destruction came with the Siamese armies that burnt the whole city in 1827. It is also the house of thousand Buddha Statue and Images

Besides, Buddha Park, Patuxai Victory Monument, Black Stupa and Morning market are top attractions that you should not have missed.

2. Angkor Temples

Angkor Thom is the temple which was built in the 12th century. The South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the Bayon Temple, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

Angkor Wat, the World Heritage Site since 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks - the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat, the ocean beyond

3. Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Ancient Town – the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1995 is located in Northern Laos. Here tourists can visit magnificent temples such as Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visunarat, etc. In which, Wat Sensoukharam Temples has its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.

Tourists also explore fascinating Royal Palace Museum which houses a lot of historical items. Or take a trip to visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ ethnic cultures or go to Wat Prabath to admire the amazing sunset which are popular activities of both domestic and international tourists.

4. Bomb – shelter caves of Vieng Xai

This extremely large caves system is one of the most important historical sites in Laos. In the past, there were more than 20,000 citizens and the leader come to hide in these caves during the American bombardments of Laos. Therefore, the caves were equipped necessary items and contained meeting rooms, hospital, markets, schools and theater

5. Xieng Khouang

Situated at Xieng Khouang Plateau, north-east of the country, this province is well known all over the world with the amazing Plain of Jars. It consists of thousands of stone jars scattered around the upland valleys and the lower foothills of the central plain. All were built under ancient culture around 200AD. After visiting Xieng Khouang, if you have free time, you can stop by Ang village and Sua Village to explore and learn about the cultural life of local people