Famous for beautiful untouched landscapes embraced by dazzling waterfalls and lush eco-system along the Mekong river, stunning spiritual sights and interesting mixture of cultural diversity, Laos remains one of the most attractive destinations in South East Asia. Read Laos travel guide to figure out the top Laos destination and transportation guide and tips before planning your trip to this spectacular South East Asian country.
Top Laos Destinations
Remaining far more remote than the capital city of Vientiane, Luang Prabang has preserved its own old-fashion charms. Mount Phousi, the ancient red-roof temples and the fusion of French-Indochinese architecture are some remarkable highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Some of the most worth checking sights in and around town are the Royal Palace, Wat Xieng Thong temple, and Kuang Si Waterfall. There are several elephant rescue camps and villages to explore. Read a complete travel guide to Luang Prabang.
Previously referred to as the party hotspot in Laos, with hundreds of western backpackers pouring to the sight for tubing on the Nam Song river, Vang Vieng nowadays is known as an ideal base for adventure tourism, though no longer a place to get wild.
A wide diversity of blue lagoon systems and various caves located around town offers amazing natural destinations for ziplining, rope swing, waters sliding, etc. These lagoons can be pretty crowded even during weekdays, let alone weekends, due to families’ picnic. More about best things to do in Vang Vieng, Laos here.
Unlike other bustling capital cities in South East Asia like Bangkok or Hanoi, Vientiane’s peaceful atmosphere will keep you rest and relax after many thrilling adventures in Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. The most popular activity in town is probably wandering around the night market by the riverside, relax with a cold beer and plenty of Laos street-food.
Pakse – known for its beautiful rivers, ideal for chilling and watching the sunset
4000 Islands – stunning islands located in the far southern end of Laos. Some of the most visited ones are Dong Khong, Don Dhet, and Don Khon.
Phonsavan – famous for its mysterious ‘Plain of Jars’ within Xieng Khuang Province
Top transportation tips to know before going to Laos
How to get to Laos
Should you be unwilling for slightly pricey flights from Vietnam or Cambodia to Laos, take the overnight bus Hanoi to Vientiane to experience crossing a South East Asian border with a long-haul bus ride.
Travelling between cities/towns
Find some of the most common routes connect the most famous cities/towns in Laos altogether below.
Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng
The bus connection from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng takes approximately 7 hours, meaning you should take the bus ride from the early morning. There are stunning viewpoints for photographs on the way.
Vang Vieng – Vientiane
The route from Vang Vieng to Vientiane will take you just about 3 hours to transport from one place to another.
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Getting around the city
The most convenient and affordable way to get around cities in Laos is by sharing tuk-tuk with other travellers who often end up sharing the same routes to famous attractions on their trips to Laos. Strolling around the night market, antique shops and local bars on foot is one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in Laos. When going around Vang Vieng and Vientiane, it’s best to rent a motorbike from your accommodation.