The lure of Laos
The Laos travel experience invariably begins in the capital, Vientiane.
Pha That Luang -
Believed to date back to the 3rd century, Pha That Luang is regarded as the most important national monument in Laos, and is a cherished national symbol.
Bolaven Plateau -
The Bolaven Plateua, an elevated region in southern Laos, is where you can savor some of the freshest coffee you're ever likely to taste.
Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area - Set partly along the eastern Bolaven Plateau is the Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area, an evergreen forest of outstanding natural beauty.
Wat Si Saket -
Vientiane is also the location of another venerable monument, Wat Si Saket. A Buddhist wat, or temple, dating back to the early 19th century.
Buddhist treasures -
The temple features a cloister wall with more than 2,000 ceramic and silver Buddha images. Pause here and ponder these treasures before exploring the onsite museum.
Centuries-old temple -
A temple stood at Vat Phou as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries.
"Niagara of Asia" -
Champasak Province is where you can also marvel at the thundering Khone Phapheng Falls, described as the "Niagara of Asia."
Kuang Si waterfall -
Exploring the Laos countryside is to discoverer a world of magical caves and tumbling waterfalls.
Luang Prabang -
Both the waterfall and cave complex are located near the historical capital city of Luang Prang.
Vat Phou -
Vat Phou in southern Laos is a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex set at the base of Phou Khao Mountain, which is considered a sacred peak.
Delicious street food -
Exploring Laos will no doubt work up an appetite. Fortunately, hungry mouths are appeased by the many street food stalls scattered around the country.
Patuxai Monument -
Vientiane's Patuxai Monument stands as a war memorial dedicated to all those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.
Monks on the move -
Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms.
The Elephant Village Sanctuary -
While in Luang Prabang, be sure to find time to visit the Elephant Village Sanctuary.
Illuminated temples -
Luang Prabang's ancient town is home to numerous temples and monasteries, all of which can be visited.
Dining on the Mekong -
A typical Don Khon Island restaurant set on the banks of the Mekong River.