Laos is becoming more and more interesting for travelers.
No wonder, because the landscape and sights are unique.
From rice fields to turquoise, natural pools and waterfalls, Buddhist temples and the Mekong river.
Laos is incredibly diverse and when you’re planning a trip to Laos you shouldn’t miss these places:
The 7 best places and sights in Laos
CHAMPASAK – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE WAT PHOU
The Wat Phou, a Khmer temple from the 6th century, was built before the Angkor period.
The temple is extensive and one of the highlights is the old stone staircase, as well as the view from the old temple to the surrounding terrain.
LIFE ALONG THE MEKONG
The best way of getting a feeling of Laos and its culture is by getting on a boat.
You can read more about a boat trip along the Mekong here:
The most beautiful city in Laos:
Simply because Luang Prabang
a) is situated next to the Mekong river
b) has some of the most beautiful temples in Laos
c) the view from the Mount Phousi is one of a kind
d) close to Luang Prabang you can jump into the turquoise pools at the Kouang Si Falls:
PLAIN OF JARS
Laos is known for its minefields. About a third of the country is still affected by mines. I experienced it at the plain of jars.
Next to the stone jars are signs like the one in the picture telling you exactly where you’re safe and where you shouldn’t go.
Nevertheless the plain of jars is a special place you shouldn’t miss while being in Laos.
They are at an altitude from 1000 to 1200 m.
No one knows exactly why they were built. Some believe the stone jars were used to bury people, others believe people used them to store food.
Vientiane is the capital of Laos and definitely worth to see.
The symbol of the city (and Laos) is the golden Wat Pha That Luang:
You find all the places and things to see and do here:
You can enjoy some of the 4000 Islands best while on a boat trip.
Are there really 4000?
I have no clue.
But there are more than you can ever count.
The Buddha-Park is about 30 kilometers away from the capital Vientiane.
The Demon’s Mouth at the Buddha Park.
Best Time to Travel to Laos:
November and until mid December are the best months if you want to do a boat trip along the Mekong.
The weather is perfect. If you want to visit the plain of jars, bring warm clothes with you.
In the evening it is pretty cold up at 1000 to 1200m.
For women: While visiting the golden temple in Vientiane you need to cover your shoulders and wear a skirt (you can rent a skirt outside the temple).
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