Cities

Vientiane

the still sleepy capital on the banks of the Mekong River

Houay Xai

in the north, on the Mekong and the border with Thailand

Luang Namtha

capital of the north, known for its trekking

Luang Prabang

a UNESCO World Heritage City known for its numerous temples, colonial era architecture, and vibrant night market

Muang Xay

also known as Oudomxay, the capital of the multi-ethnic province of Oudomxay

Pakbeng

halfway point on the overnight slow boat between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang

Pakse

gateway to the Wat Phu ruins and the "four thousand islands" (Si Phan Don)

Savannakhet

in the south on the Mekong, connected by bridge to Mukdahan in Thailand

Tha Khaek

a popular base for exploring Phou Hin Boun National Park including the famous Konglor Cave

Other destinations

Ban Nalan Trail

a two-day ecotourism trek in the north of Laos

Bolaven Plateau

highland with waterfalls, jungles and farmland

Champasak

Wat Phu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Angkor-style Khmer temples

Nong Khiaw

beautiful karst cliffs where you can discover hilltribe villages, kayak, bike ride or just hang out

Plain of Jars

Iron Age cemetery sites near Phonsavan; also one of the main locations to learn about the "Secret War".

Si Phan Don

the "four thousand islands" are nestled within the Mekong near the Cambodian border

Vang Vieng

backpacker hangout for exploring limestone caves and tubing on the Nam Song river

Vieng Xai

remote cultural oasis and symbolic cradle of Marxism; see the caves where the Pathet Lao leaders ran their operations in defiance of the West

Sights

Thailand

constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia

Vietnam

republic in Southeast Asia

Vientiane

capital of Laos

Vang Vieng

town in Laos

Luang Namtha

city

Si Phan Don

river

Luang Prabang

city located in north central Laos

Plain of Jars

megalithic archaeological landscape in Laos, consisting of thousands of stone jars scattered around the upland valleys and the lower foothills of the central plain of the Xiangkhoang Plateau

Phonsavan

town

Angkor Wat

Hindu/Buddhist temple complex in Cambodia

Oudomxay

province of Laos

Pakse

human settlement

Nong Khiaw

Someday

guide to

Laos

Laos (ສປປ ລາວ), officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic (ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ) (Lao PDR), is a nation in Southeast Asia, known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements, and Buddhist monasteries. A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north.

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