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


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


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


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


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



constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia


republic in Southeast Asia


capital of Laos

Vang Vieng

town in Laos

Luang Namtha


Si Phan Don


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



Angkor Wat

Hindu/Buddhist temple complex in Cambodia


province of Laos


human settlement

Nong Khiaw


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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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