Isolated from the outside world, Laos is one of the prettiest countries in Southeast Asia but also one of the least visited lands in the world. Retaining a slow, rather old-fashioned charm, Laos beckons vacationers with incredible views, diverse terrains, its tropical climate creating the perfect setting to enjoy the mountain, cave, and water adventures all year round and welcomes its incredibly laidback and hospitable people, even by Asian standards.No matter what you are looking for at your indochina tours Laos – a relaxing mountain holiday, action-packed adventures, or family fun, Laos ticks all the boxes.
Vientiane – the charming capital of Laos
Vientiane is Southern Laos at its finest. Think a free-spirited city with a beautiful waterfront, a plethora of French-inspired architecture such as a Laotian version of the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris known as Patuxai or Victory Gate, Pha That Luang – the national symbol of the country covered with gold and huge in size and temples like Wat Si Saket which is the oldest of its kind in Vientiane, and some of the best authentic food in Laos
A perfect vacation spot in Laos for history and culture enthusiasts, Vientiane is truly a sight to behold.
Nong Khiaw – a land as beautiful as Vang Vieng without tourist crowd
Those intrigued by the idea of a land as beautiful as Vang Vieng saved from the mass tourist trail should head to Nong Khiaw – an excellent natural little town on the bank of the delightful Nam Ou River in Laos. What to do while in Nong Khiaw, which boasts a magnificent backdrop of imposing karst formations and the limestone caves, impressive river views, and genuine local color? Be sure to take a stroll down the streets basic in design or lease a bicycle at the Riverside Bungalows and Delilah’s to investigate the encompassing territory and scenic villages here that surround the main town.
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For outdoor activities, trekking into the mountains, going tubing, go caving, rock-climbing, taking a boat trip along the Nam Ou River, and going through in transit upstream to the much more disengaged Muang Ngoi are the top attractions.
Luang Prabang – the serene heart of Laos
Set on a peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, Luang Prabang brims with life everywhere you go. Whether it is having relaxing time at one of the gorgeous little European style cafes located along the scenic river banks, exploring one of the city’s many old temples with golden roofs and brilliantly preserved French colonial buildings downtown, admiring a 360-degree spectacular look of the city from the summit of Mount Phousi, seeing bald orange-robed barefoot monks, or delving into its world-renowned foodie scene, the city’s energy makes it one of the top destinations in Laos, no matter what time of year you visit.
Families can have the time of their lives at the Elephant Village – an elephant sanctuary established in 2001 while couples can have fun at the aquamarine multi-tiered Kuang Si Waterfalls – an exceptional gift of nature given to this region. The scenic beauty, along with the interesting mentioned activities, undoubtedly makes Luang Prabang – a UNESCO World Heritage Site one of the best vacation spots in Laos.
Vang Vieng – an adventure lovers’ paradise
The main backpacker location between the Laos capital of Vientiane and Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng is one of those destinations in the Land of a Million Elephants where you can enjoy the outdoors no matter what season you visit. The highlights of any visit in Vang Vieng are a lot of adrenaline-fueled activities including zip-lining, tubing down the Nam Song River, kayaking on the rapids of the nearby Nam Ngum, caving, spelunking, rock climbing, hiking, hot air ballooning, etc.
More than a hedonistic party paradise with a rather wild reputation and a surprisingly vibrant nightlife scene, Vang Vieng can also be an ideal destination for a romantic vacation because of its serenity and natural beauty of the rainforest adorning the karst cliffs, limestone mountains, rivers, caves lying hidden, and lush jungle scenery. If you want to get away from it all, there is no better choice on a private Laos tour 2018 than a visit to Vang Vieng.
The holiday travel season approaches, if you have caught the Indochina travel bug recently, why don’t you check out our recommendations on top places to visit in Laos in 2018?