Top 4 charming cities to drop by in Laos

Laos is viewed as a hidden gem needs discovering since it seems to be the least visited country in Southeast Asia. However, the Lao tourism industry is recorded to blooming in the last few years with the improved infrastructure and religious landscapes, making it become an attractive tourist destination worldwide. 

1.    Vientiane

Being the capital and the biggest city, Vientiane is the most famous destination as compared to other cities in Laos. Vientiane used to be a French colonial city, as a result, it still imprints many French colonial architectures until now. In addition, since Buddhism is the largest religion of the country, which constitute 85% of the population, there are many Buddhist temples attracting not only Buddhist community but also many tours to drop by and enjoy the religious beauty.

Patuxai, Victory Gate

Resembling The Arc de Triomphe, a well-known monument in Paris, Patuxai is located in the center of Vientiane and opposite the presidential palace. It was completely built in 1968 to tribute people who fought in the struggle for independence from French colonial empire. The top of which is a tower-shaped architecture and typical reliefs of Lao culture. In the cool afternoon, from the top, you can grasp the whole scene of Vientiane in the light and dark interferences with a beautiful sunset scene.

 

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Pha That Luang

The great golden stupa is a national symbol, a sacred monument and one of Laos’ most impressive religious structures. Legend has it that part of Buddha’s breast bone is buried here. To enjoy the stunning beauty and atmosphere of the temple to the full, visitors are highly recommended to take part in the three-day Boun That Luang Festival, one of the biggest in Vientiane which is held annually in November. 

 
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Pha That Luang especially shines, bright, and splendid when the sun rises because it is covered gloriously with real gold.

 

Buddha park (Xieng Khuan)

 
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The open-air park is known for more than 200 religious and sculptured statutes (Buddhist and Hindu). In addition, the garden also recreates the images of Gods, demons, people, animals and 3 circles of hell, earth and heaven. The moss-covered statue sits on a cool green background, creating an ancient yet peaceful space.

 

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A giant reclining Buddha statue is the most stand-out one with 40-metre long

 

2.    Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos and lies on the mighty Mekong and Khan rivers. It features former royal palaces and more than 30 temples, old French colonial architecture as well as beautiful natural sites, making it be recognized as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO. 

 

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Wat Xieng Thong

The Wat Xieng Thong Buddhist temple was built and preserved under the Royal Lao Government and become the most significant religious and oldest construction in Luang Prabang. The temple still remains in its original form, with repairs undertaken to the roof, gold leaf gilding and lacquering added to the walls and entrance.

 

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Mount Phou Si 

It is not really a mountain but looks like a high hill and the tourists must pass through several hundred steps to reach the top of Mount Phou Si. It is a good spot to catch spectacular sight of the sunrise or sunset over the city. There is also a small Viharn (means a type of Buddhist temple) named Wat Chom Si with a large seated statue of Buddha. 

 

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Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si Waterfall is a three levelled waterfall and a complex of large and small falls gathered at Kuang Si Mountain, located about 29 km to the south of Luang Prabang center. The fall is the best place to explore the natural beauty in the country and to escape from the heat of the city since the temperature is cooler here. Hiking, swimming, jumping off the falls and relaxing in this stunning river makes for one of the highlights in any trip to South East Asia. 

 

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3.    Champasak

Bordering Cambodia and Thailand to the Southwest, Champasak has been culturally influenced by these both countries. The city is one of the main political and economic centers of Laos. In this province, you will easily find ancient temples which were influenced by Angkor architecture and Angkor people who settled in Cambodia. Champasak Province is also known for its relaxed pace of life, warm hospitality and rich cultural, historic and natural heritage.

Wat Phu (Vat Phou)

Vat Phou is a ruined Khmer Hindu temple that worship the lord Shiva and lies at the base of Phou Kao Mountain. The temple is a monument complex built of stone and is considered to be the most sacred temple undergoing dynasties in the land. At the entrance to Wat Phou, there is a museum displaying more than 100 beautiful stone statues, reliefs and sculptures. These antiquities date from the 5th century to the 11th century.

 

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Phapheng Waterfall

This waterfall is favorably called as “Asian Niagara” because of the height making it become the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. You may get stunned and amazed by the majestic scenery once you get there. It is not a kind of dreamy beauty like the above Kuang Si waterfall but aggressive with flowing water straight up, white foam to clear up the air, forming loud roar loudly. 

 

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Along with the natural landscape, tourists are warmly welcomed by the indigenous local people who are always will to invite tourists to taste their specialties such as grilled fish or fish salad on the banks of the Mekong River with cold Lao beer. This will leave you unforgettable experiences. 


4.    Xieng Khouang

The province is a historical spot since it witnessed many bombing dropping and revolutions in the past. Therefore, tourist may feel the ancient atmosphere that tinged with mourning and colors of war. 

The Plain of Jar

Whenever mentioning Xieng Khouang, people often know about “The Plain of Jar” first. The Plain of Jar is a gorgeous natural structure and the most unique attraction that is so-called the pillars resemble jars. Until now, the whole complex still remains a mystery among locals and archaeologists. The jars were carved from both sandstone and granite and are thought to be over 2,000 years old, affecting the process UNESCO recognize it as the World Cultural Heritage. 

 

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That Foun

It has another name as “That Chomsi” and was built at the same time as the That Luang Stupa located in Vientiane capital. The tower is about 30 meters tall and believed to worship a golden Buddha statue as well as a part of Buddha's ashes brought from India on the inside. Every year, there are many Buddhist from all over the world who come here for their pilgrimage.

 

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Surrounded by Thai Land, Cambodia, and Vietnam, which are top tourist attractions in Southeast Asia, Laos seems to be a “forgotten heaven” needs more attention and discovery. After the above list, it will be easier for you to make a journey to Laos.  

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