Laos is a country rich in history filled with mountains, coffee plantations, and waterfalls. There are plenty of awesome places to visit in Laos that a visit to this forgotten nation will be remembered.

Laos is a land locked Southeast Asian country that shares a border with China, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. It wasn’t until my third visit to southeast Asia that I got to experience this beautiful country.

In this article, I’ll go over all the top destinations in Laos and at the end of the post, I’ll add any necessary tips that will aid you in your travels to this part of the world.

Best Places to visit in Laos

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Are These Places to Visit in Laos Worth It?

With so many amazing travel destinations in the world, you may be wondering is Laos worth visiting? Short answer, yes. Long answer, what’s not to love about Laos.

What is Laos famous for? Dreamy landscapes, hospitable Laotian people, and tropical weather, here are a few of the compelling reasons to consider traveling to Laos.

  • 🪨 Natural Beauty: Laos is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in Southeast Asia, including towering limestone mountains, lush jungles, cascading waterfalls, and tranquil rivers. 
  • 🛕 Culture & History: Laos boasts a fascinating history and cultural traditions that are evident in its ancient temples, traditional festivals, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. 
  • 🐘 Slow-Paced Lifestyle: Laos is known for its laid-back and unhurried way of life, making it the perfect destination for travelers seeking relaxation. Spend your days leisurely exploring local markets, savoring delicious Laotian cuisine, or simply lounging on a hammock by the river. 
  • 🧎🏼Authentic Cultural Experiences: Stay in a homestay in a remote village or participate in the daily almsgiving ceremony in Luang Prabang.
  • 💰 It’s affordable! Laos is extremely affordable and one of the most affordable Southeast Asian nations. Accommodation, food, and transportation are generally inexpensive, allowing you to stretch your budget and enjoy more experiences during your stay. 
  • 🙂 Friendly Locals. Laotian people are known for their friendliness and hospitality.
  • 🪂 Adventure Opportunities: For adventure enthusiasts, Laos offers a range of activities to get your adrenaline pumping. Go trekking through dense jungles, zip-line over treetops, kayak along scenic rivers, or explore underground caves. There are plenty of places to visit in Laos for outdoor adventures. 
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Best Places to Visit in Laos Quick List

Below I have listed the best places to visit in Laos for easy viewing. If you would like more information about a specific destination in Laos, click on the blue links below for more details.

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Places to visit in Laos
Giving alms to the monks in Luang Prabang, Laos
Giving alms to the monks in Luang Prabang Laos

Almsgiving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

Every morning in Luang Prabang, locals rise early to give alms to the monks and show their appreciation. The Almsgiving Ceremony, also known as Tak Bat, is a deeply revered Buddhist tradition that takes place daily in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. 

The monks only eat before sunrise and they rely on the generosity of the local community for their daily substance. A humbling experience that should be treated with the utmost respect. 

Before dawn every morning, hundreds of robed monks walk barefoot in a single file through the streets of Luang Prabang. As they silently make their way along, devout locals and visitors kneel along the sidewalks, offering small gifts of food, usually fresh sticky rice, fruits, and snacks, into the monks’ alms bowls.

Tad Fang Waterfall in the Bolaven Plateau Laos

The Bolaven Plateau

The Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is famous for its coffee plantations, mountainous scenery, and some of Southeast Asia’s most incredible waterfalls. 

The best way to explore this area is by motorbike, staying in ethnic villages along the way as you take on the Bolaven Loop. This takes 3 – 5 days to complete the loop.

Taking the slow boat journey down the Mekong River, Laos

The Mighty Mekong River

You didn’t visit Laos if you don’t witness the mighty Mekong. The Mekong River is a popular tourist destination in Laos for those seeking Adventure and relaxation.

Travelers can explore the river’s scenic beauty by taking boat cruises, kayaking its channels, or visits riverside villages to experience local culture and cuisine.

The best way to experience the Mekong though is on the 2 day slow boat to Luang Prabang adventure down the Mekong River from Thailand. Although not the most comfortable of journeys it was the most memorable.

Book 2 Day Slow Boat to Luang Prabang →

View over Vang Vieng Laos

Vang Vieng | The Most Beautiful Place to Visit in Laos

Vang Vieng is by far one of the most beautiful places to visit in Laos. Tall dramatic limestone cliffs jut into the sky as the Nam Song River cuts through the town of Vang Vieng.

Not only is the town jaw droopingly gorgeous, it’s a popular destination for outdoor adventure. From kayaking and tubing down the Nam Song River to rock climbing and hiking amidst the towering karsts, Vang Vieng also offers a wide range of adventure activities like zip-lining, caving, and hot air ballooning.

Kuang Si Falls Laos outside of Luang Prabang

Kuang Si Falls | Most Popular Destination in Laos

Visiting the Kuang Si Falls are an essential experience for anyone exploring Laos, and it’s no surprise why this natural wonder ranks among the country’s top attractions.

The Kuang Si Falls sit 45 minutes outside of Luang Prabang. The best part is climbing to the top of this three tiered waterfall to swim in a natural infinity pool that you’ll never forget.

With its accessibility from Luang Prabang and its blend of adventure and natural splendor, Kuang Si Falls truly deserves its reputation as one of the best places to visit in Laos.

📌 Book a Tour to Kuang Si Falls:

Houses on the water in Don Det, Laos

Don Det & the 4,000 Islands

Nestled at the delta of the mighty Mekong River on the Laos and Cambodian border sits the 4,000 Islands.The 4000 Islands, or Si Phan Don, is an archipelago where time seems to stand still.

Most of the islands are small and uninhibited but there are a couple islands that the determined traveler can get to. Don Det, Don Khong, and Don Khon are the most popular islands, where travelers can rent bicycles or kayaks to explore at their own pace.

Visiting this place in Laos, travelers can also glimpse the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, which inhabit the Mekong River in this region.

Mysterious jars in a far corner of Laos

Plain of Jars

Finishing off our best destination in Laos list is the mysterious Plain of Jars. Found in a far corner of Laos scattered across the hillsides of Xieng Khouang Province, this is one of the most remote places to visit in Laos.

These ancient, strange stone jars vary in size, up to 3 meters tall and 1 meter wide. Some of these massive stone jars even date back over 2,000 years. Strung in no apparent order is this fascinating mystery of Laos that you must uncover for yourself.

Book a Tour →

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Laos Tours

Laos is a small country and you can cover a lot of ground in a week, especially if you have someone work out the transportation, accommodations and logistics for you.

Going on a group tour through Laos is a great way to see the highlights, meet a group of like minded travelers and experience the culture of this part of the world.

📌  Here are a few great Laos Tours to check out:

Laos Travel Tips

  • Sunscreen – This is my go to reef safe sunscreen I use daily.
  • Make sure to apply Mosquito Spray if you don’t want to get eaten alive.
  • Book your accommodations in advance if you are traveling here during high season.
  • Get an eSIM for your phone to stay connected with a local high-speed data network while you travel.
  • Tap water is not safe to drink in Laos (or most Southeast Asian countries for that matter).
  • Travel Insurance – It’s very affordable when you consider the alternative.
  • Embrace life in the slow lane. 
Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos

Final Thoughts on the Best Place to Visit in Laos

Those are the best places to visit in Laos. Overall, Laos offers a unique and unforgettable travel destination for those seeking adventure, culture, and natural beauty in a welcoming and unspoiled destination. 

If you found this article useful, let fellow travelers know in the comments below 👇.  

Southeast Asia Travel Guides ↓

📍 Planning a trip through Southeast Asia? Check out the travel guides below to help plan your travels through the region.

The Ultimate Guide to Laos 

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