In 2008, Laos was named by the New York Times as the top vacation destination. Just a few years later, this country is still an enticing treat for nature lovers and those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the world. The people of Laos make any trip to the country enjoyable with their warm and hospitable demeanor. There are many things to see and do in Laos, but where should you start? Let’s take a look at the top three places that you will want to include in your trip to Laos.
The monasteries of Luang Praband are some of the most stunning sights in Laos. Nestled between the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers you will find temples and monasteries with monks, crumbling French colonial architecture and diverse locals. The view of these monasteries is breathtaking so be sure to bring your camera. While in the area, make sure you visit the spas, shops and sample the local cuisine.
Vang Vieng is another very fulfilling destination and is becoming more and more popular every year. There are also many spectacular views in Vang Vieng; however most of them are underground. There are many tunnels and caverns that beg to be explored. This destination is not as isolated as Luang Prabang and there might be more tourists, but the adventurous exploring that the city has to offer will definitely have you wanting to return.
If you are in search of a land that time seems to have left behind, look no further than Champasak. Located in southwestern Laos, Champasak is a picturesque hideaway that showcases the rural way of life on the banks of the Mekong River. This unspoiled province offers gorgeous waterfalls, small villages without electricity and even a glimpse of the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin. This quaint area is very humble yet will definitely teach you the pleasures of the simple life in Laos.