Laos has established a renowned reputation amongst travellers for its engaging culture, fascinating architecture and friendly locals. The beautiful and mysterious land often makes travellers feel as if they’re stepping back into the pages of history, experiencing all the heritage sights and pristine Buddhist temples along the way.
See Buddha Park
Located in Vientiane, this mesmerising sculpture park features over 200 statues, many of which conveying a sacred or religious message. It’s an amazing place for photography, as the many different colourful and energetic monuments are bound to stick in your memory long after you’ve gone.
Experience That Luang
The country’s most sacred destination, That Luang looks like a golden fortress when visitors first see it from afar, but as they get closer they realise that the incredible building contains much more than first meets the eye. There are two working temples inside, and an enormous wealth of beautiful details to explore dating back over 450 years.
Admire Luang Prabang
This tiny and ancient town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and has attracted flocks of people eager to soak up its spectacular mountain views and learn more about its special place in Laos society. The town is a spiritual destination for many within (and outside of) the country, due to its place as the nation’s centre for Buddhist learning.
Absorb Vang Vieng
Often considered to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, this small town is surrounded by picturesque rice fields, mountains, rivers and limestone cliffs. Although there’s plenty to do, travellers are famously drawn to the Nam Song River for its tubing – large rubber rings allowing travellers to float down stream at a leisurely pace.
And if that’s not enough, they can explore the ‘Blue Lagoon’, located within the Tham Poukham Cave – featuring the chance to swim and use the rope swing in one of the area’s biggest caves. Just be sure that you have good backpackers insurance before you go. Companies such as such as Questor Insurance offer backpackers trip travel insurance in case you encounter any problems.
Enjoy the Tad Fane Waterfall
These twin waterfalls are truly the things memories are made of, crashing down after a 100 metre fall into a lush natural gorge. Located inside a national park, visitors can also experience sightings of wild animals, such as elephants, monkeys, leopards and tigers.