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7 Best Places to Visit in Laos – Explore the hidden treasure in Asia

Heading to Laos for a vacation? Here are the seven best places to visit that will allow you to experience Laos in all its glory.



This small town which feels so homely and welcoming is actually the capitol city of Laos. The city has many buildings that are from French architecture as this used to be a trading port for the French during the colonial period. Vientiane also has several buildings such as the Laotian version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris known as Patuxai and an old French quarter that can be explored. The town also has several markets and temples that you can visit and shop for souvenirs.


Luang Prabang

A stunning little town so serene and tranquil located in the Mekong and Khan rivers. This delightful little town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and anyone who visits the town will be able to see beauty of this hidden gem. If you like trekking, the town has a water fall known as Kuang Si Waterfalls which is perfect for an adventurous outdoor experience. If you are staying at a hotel such as the AVANI+ Luang Prabang you can request the staff to arrange the excursions for you and this will also allow you to get a guide from the hotel. Luang Prabang also has some beautiful temples located all over town.


Van Vieng

This is a small town located in between Bientiane and Luang Prabang and is most commonly known among the back packers. The most popular reason to visit Van Vieng is to be able to enjoy the boat ride down Nam Song River. The town also has an attractive bronze Buddha statue which is a sight to see with the thick forest as the backdrop.


King Lor cave

If you love nature and being in water, then canoeing in this cave that is also known as Tham Kong Lor is an unforgettable experience. The pristine water and the cave combined gives a very mystical and enchanting feeling. The cave is about 5 miles long and about 300 feet tall at its highest point. The canoe ride through the cave sets off a mystical feeling that can only be achieved through nature that has not been manhandled by humans.


Luang Namtha

If you love the sun and nature together then this is the place for you as you could get lost for days in this beautiful hilly city which is located near the border of China. You can also go to the stunning waterfalls that are bordering the city from the other side. Whichever side you select to visit you are in for a treat for your eyes and mind.


Nong Kiua

Nong Kiua is a beautiful little rustic village, split in two that is connected through a bridge that was built by the Chinese. It is the perfect location for those who like to go exploring as the hilly mountains and the caves are perfect for those who love hiking and trekking.


Bokeo Nature Reserve

The Bokeo Nature reserve is a popular nature reserve as it was through the conservation work done for the nature reserve that the black-cheeked gibbons were rediscovered after they were presumed to have gone extinct. The nature reserve is located outside the town of Huay Huay Xai.