Laos, officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a socialist state that is situated in the center of the Indochinese Peninsula. It is bordered by Myanmar and China towards the northwestern border, Cambodia to the southeast, Vietnam towards the east and Thailand towards the southwestern and western areas.
Laos is known for its lush green jungles and the dense forestry, apart from the many gorgeous locations and old temples here. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Laos, there are plenty of places that you might want to visit. Most people don’t plan their trip accordingly, and often fail to see the major attractions. Here are some of the best places to visit in Laos.
Vientiane is one of the most charming places in all of Southeast Asia. The capital of the country, Vientiane, offers you a fantastic insight into the culture of this beautiful country. Despite being the capital city, Vientiane doesn’t feel like that at all. Instead, it resembles a quaint town. That can be explained because it used to be a former trading post for French troops when it was colonized. There’s even a gorgeous French quarter that you can explore as well. As you take a walk around the spacious streets, you will come across many architectural elements that are inspired by French buildings like the Arc de Triomphe. In Vientiane, it’s known as the Patuxai. There are plenty of local markets and temples that you can visit here as well.
If you want to get away from the city vibes and want to explore the serenity of Laos, take a trip to Luang Prabang. It’s a small town that lies on the banks of the mighty Khan and Mekong rivers. The town is famous for its gorgeous cafes that have a very European vibe and are situated along the banks of the river. It’s an incredibly scenic place. Luang Prabang is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are stunning temples all around the town and if you are a fan of hiking or trekking, you might want to take a trip to the Kuang Si Waterfalls.
In between Luang Prabang and Vientiane sits Vang Vieng. It’s one of the main backpacking locations in the country. The place is known for its nightlife and the ideal destination if you are looking to meet other travelers. The local government plays a very important role in maintaining the image of this beautiful city.
Laos is full of stunning places that you can visit. It’s a backpacker’s paradise that’s going to give you stunning vistas and views wherever you look, so it’s important that you plan your itinerary before you decide to travel. Make a decision about the different places that you are going to visit and plan accordingly so that you are able to have the best time without wasting a second of your time while you are in Laos!