Vientiane is the capital city and the main entry point in Laos for most visitors. The city has the largest population and offers many interesting sites to visit such as many old Buddhist temples, That Luang (the national shrine), Morning Market shopping mall, Mekong riverside restaurants, the countless night clubs and museums, and visiting Vientiane's very own Arc de Triomphe (Patuxay Monument) will have a great view of the city from the top.
Luang Prabang is a city located in north central Laos, it was the former royal capital and is considered the best preserved city in South East Asia. Luang Prabang is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's a small city and just about everywhere can be reached on foot. Walking and cycling are the best ways to enjoy the city. The temples, caves, waterfalls and the former Royal Palace are just some of the best attractions that makes Luang Prabang a must visit city in Laos.
Vang Vieng is a village-town that lies on the banks of the Nam Song River, in central Laos between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Vang Vieng offers the visitor with many famous caves, stunning mountain scenery and access to fascinating hill tribe villages. The nature is the highlight, and the nightlife in Vang Vieng is one of the most active in all Laos.
Southern Laos is one of the most beautiful destinations in South East Asia, and the place where the traditional way of life has not changed for many centuries. Pakse is the capital of Champassak Province and the setting off point for all destinations in southern Laos.
Khone Phapheng is South East Asia's biggest waterfall, and one of the most inspiring and popular attractions in Champassak province. Among the waterfall's many channels and rocky outcrops visitors can see local people using traditional fishing techniques. Li Phi, just north of Khone Phapheng, is another amazing natural site that is best seen during the months of December to March when the cascade's clear waters are tinted emerald green. Also watch the rare Irrawaddy dolphins on the southern tip of the Don Khone island during the months of March to May.
And finally there are many historical places from the time Champassak was the origins of the Khmer civilization long before the appearance of Angkor. Wat Phu is a ruined Khmer temple complex which later turned into a Buddhist site. This UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Laos should not be missed.
With so many things to see and do in Laos, we would be here writing all day. This is a selection of just some of the most visited places in Laos, and in our opinion, there are at least 20 other places that is worth a visit including the mysterious Plain of Jars, and the Golden Triangle area, where the borders of Laos, Thailand and Burma meet.