W hen people visit Laos they usually make a stop in Luang Prabang and Vientiane and leave. But what a lot of travelers don’t realize is that Laos has a lot more to offer than those two cities. Although, you shouldn’t skip Luang Prabang or Vientiane we are here to share with you 8 of the most stunning places to visit in Laos. Start planning your trip for one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world.
Located in the heart of the Bolaven Plateau, Paksong offers gorgeous waterfalls and miles of coffee plantations. There are 5 waterfalls within a 12 km distance and all are absolutely breathtaking. Our favorites would have to be the double falls of Tad Fane and the plummeting drop of Tad Yuang. Make the trip even more scenic and beautiful by completing the Bolaven Plateau loop by motorcycle.
2. Tad Tayicseua
Last #waterfall of the #bolavenplateau loop motorbike trip! Last night we stayed at a new home stay at #tayicseua between attepeu and paksong. The lady who runs it has had the 400 acres of protected jungle in her family for two generations. She is doing her best to keep it protected and let people enjoy it's many splendors. There are 15 waterfalls scattered throughout her land including tigers! The home stay has only been open for 6 months. It's was quite an amazing experience and we got to see only 5 of the 15 waterfalls the 2 days we stayed. #amazing #Adventure #boboandchichi #travel #travelgram southern #laos
Another magical place in the heart of the Bolaven Plateau. Not far drive from Paksong is this hidden gem less traveled and unknown to most travelers. This waterfall wonderland needs to be on your Lao itinerary, especially if you love waterfalls and trekking. A wonderfully friendly local woman owns and operates a homestay on her land. There are 15 known waterfalls near Tad Tayicseau on her few hundred acres of land that you can explore in a land that looks like a home to rainbows and unicorns. (Sadly, we lost all of our photos from here due to our external hard drive crash.)
A trip to Laos wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the king of caves, Konglor Cave. Not only is Konglor home to the giant cave you can ride a boat through, but gorgeous, karst mountains. The scenery is magnificent and serene and shockingly inexpensive.
4. 4000 Islands
Backpackers and travelers alike flock to this paradise in the Mekong River. Thousands of small little islands make up Si Phan Don, literally translating to 4000 islands. Don Det and Don Khone offer charming bungalows for barely nothing, quiet or party atmosphere (depending on where you stay), and impressive Mekong waterfalls. This laid back place is a great stop on your trip in Laos.
5. Nong Khiaw & Muang Ngoi
A few hours north of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang are the quiet, sleepy mountain towns of Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi. Both of these tiny towns are situated along the Nam Song River and are a quiet, beautiful escape away from flocks of tourists and crowds. First stop in Nong Khiaw and enjoy the breathtaking views from the viewpoint hike. Take a small boat up to Muang Ngoi where you can spend a day trekking through rice paddies and villages and swimming in a cave. You won’t regret making these serene, charming towns a part of your trip.
6. Plain of Jars
Visit the mysterious plains filled with jars from the Stone Age. The green rolling hills surrounding the Plain of Jars offer some gorgeous panoramic views as well as an interesting history lesson. Enjoy the Plain of Jars all to yourself, as it is not overcrowded by tourists. Stay on the marked path, as this area was the 2nd most bombed area during the war and still has thousands of UXOs present in the province.
Hop on a motorbike and explore the many caves surrounding the town of Thakhek. Every cave offers something different to see and when you need a break from caving take a swim and picnic at the peaceful riverside resting spot the Farang. You also have a bonus view of the magnificent karst mountain range.
8. Kuang Si Waterfall
Located just outside of Luang Prabang rests this turquoise, jungle oasis of cascading turquoise waterfalls. This place is literally out of a fairy tale swarming with butterflies. The water is calm and refreshingly cool making it a perfect place for a swim and a free Dr. Fish foot treatment. (Yes, the fish who eat the dead skin off your feet live here!) Not only is Kuang Si Waterfall gorgeous, but it has to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
This quaint, riverside town is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy some peace and quiet. The highlight of Champasak, other than its welcoming and warm people, would have to be UNESCO World Heritage Site Wat Phu. This ancient, well-preserved Khmer temple gives you a scaled down version of Angkor Wat without the crowds. Don’t forget to enjoy the sunset behind the mountains here.
We loved Laos so much we ended up extending our trip from one month to two months. What’s even better about Laos is that it’s one of the most affordable places to travel. From our first month in Laos we broke down how much it cost for two to spend a month in this beautiful country. Check it out, you’ll be surprised at how affordable your dream vacation to the stunning country of Laos really is.
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