Since Laos opens up with the outside world with many bridges and roads being built, more and more foreign tourists come to discover the country’s beauty. They are allured by its laid-back lifestyle and natural beauty that may disappear elsewhere. To develop tourism industry, Laos allows access to many amazing destinations. Below are top tourist attractions that worth your visit. Indochina travel
Luang Prabang in Laos
Listed to World Heritage List in 1995, Luang Prabang is the ancient royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom. Luang Prabang is encircled by mountains and 300 metres above sea level, lies at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong River. For long time, it is considered as the heart of Laotian culture by many travellers and writers. Visiting the tiny town, most of visitors are impressed by the mixture of is crumbling French architecture, extensive natural beauty and peaceful temples.
If you want to get away from daily busy life and relax, Vang Vieng is the place to be. It is a riverside town which is located in central Laos and about 4-hour bus ride north from the capital. The main street is packed with guest houses, bars and restaurants,… It attracts tourists by its dramatic karst hill landscape. There are many limestone mountains, unexplored tunnels and caverns for you to discover. The most popular activity there is floating along the Nam Song River.
Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars is a large area with giant stone jars of unknown ancient origin scattering around the town of Phonsavan. What interesting about this plain is the mystery of which civilization created these jars. There are many guessing and legends but none of them are proved. Stone jars appear in clusters and vary in height, diameter. All of them are hewn out of rock. Researchers suggest that these stone jars may be associated with burial practices in prehistory. Laos travel packages
Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang, or so called the Great Stupa in Laos, is one of the most significant monument located in Vientiane. The stupa is divided into several terraces, each level represents different stage of Buddhist enlightenment. The lowest one is the symbol of material world and the highest symbolizes the world of nothingness. Pha That Luang was built on the ruins of an Khmer temple in 16th century, smashed by a Siamese invasion and later reconstructed in 1931 by the French.
This is an extensive network of caves. During Vietnam War, Vieng Xai caves served as hidden city protecting the Communist army. The caves contained a hospital, bakeries, shops, military barracks and even a theater to serve up to 23000 people who lived there during war time. The Laos government plans to turn Vieng Xai into a tourism destination, similar to Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam.
Above are 5 most popular tourist attractions in Laos. I hope that it would be helpful for you to plan your trip. Wish you a nice trip and happy moment in these places.
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