Luang Prabang literally meaning “Royal Buddha Image”, is a city in north central Laos, consisting of 58 adjacent villages, of which 33 comprise the UNESCO Town Of Luang Prabang World Heritage Site. It was listed in 1995 for unique and “remarkably” well preserved architectural, religious and cultural heritage, a blend of the rural and urban developments over several centuries, including the French colonial influences […]
Phonsavan (population 37,507) is the capital of Xiangkhoang Province of Laos. Phonsavan is the provincial capital of Xiangkhouang Province. The countryside is dominated by green hills and pine forests. Villages consist of colourful wooden houses. Cattle raising is one of the main agricultural activities and Hmong cowboys with brown and violet cowboy hats are a common sight. During Hmong New Year there […]
Vang Vieng is a tourist-oriented town in Laos in Vientiane Province about four hours bus ride north of the capital. The town lies on the Nam Song River. The most notable feature of the area is the karst hill landscape surrounding the town. Places to Visit: Tham Jang Cave Blue Lagoon 1 Sunset Cruise Long Nam Song river Kaeng Nyui Waterfall
Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1573 due to fears of a Burmese invasion but was later looted then razed to the ground in 1827 by the Siamese (Thai). Vientiane was the administrative capital during French rule and, due to economic growth in recent times, […]
One of, if not the most popular waterfall in the country, Kuang Si Falls is located about 20 miles south of Luang Prabang. With a drop of nearly 200 feet, the fall is powerful and impressive, and a great place to reconnect with nature. Don’t worry if you forgot to get up early and pack […]
As with many waterfalls the world over, Tad Sae was formed over eons as coursing water cut its way through the surrounding limestone, forming wonderfully aesthetic cascades and pools. Located near Luang Prabang, the fall is accessible enough to make it a favorite spot of locals and tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle […]
The Tad Fane Waterfall in Don Hua Sao National Protected Area in Champasak Province is a must-see if you happen to find yourself in southern Laos. At nearly 400 feet tall, the fall is majestic, and comprised of two watercourses that come together before flowing from the crest to the pool below.
Located in Lao’s Champasak Province about 50 kilometers from Pakse, the park in which the Tad Yuang falls resides is a bit on the touristy side. On the other hand, it’s a great place to see a picturesque waterfall, and after you’ve had your fill of Mother Nature you’ll be able to stroll among the […]
Located in the 4,000 Islands region in the south of Laos, Khone Phapheng Waterfall is a natural wonder located on the Mekong River, which is the heart of many Southeast Asian countries like Laos and Cambodia. By volume, the fall is the largest in the region, and is the primary reason that it’s impossible to […]
The object of much local lore, it’s believed that the rushing waters of Li Phi greedily collect the spirits of animals and people who didn’t lead virtuous lives. Though there’s no official confirmation of whether or not this is true, it’s why in the local language the fall’s name means ‘Spirit Trap.’ Located on the […]
Located just outside the borders of the Nam Ha National Bio-Diversity Reserve in Laos’ Xiangkhouang Province, Nam Kat Waterfall is about an hour drive from the town of Oudom Xai in the country’s north-central region.
Located in Ba Chiang, Tad Pha Suam Waterfall sports a rickety old bamboo bridge that seems to have been around since the beginning of time. Don’t worry though, bamboo is extraordinarily tough, and the bridge will give a great view of the falls. You may get some cool mist in your face too.
Due to its remoteness and the difficulty of getting to it, it’s off the radar of most tourists, so if you’re inclined put in the effort, your reward will be a magnificent falls that may seem like your own private park.
Also in Champasak Province, the Nam Tok Katamtok falls is a relatively easy drive from the town of Paksong, making it an alluring day-trip option for those staying in the area. At more than 300 feet tall, the falls is one of the largest in the area, and located on the Huay Katam River in […]
Named after the village of the same name nearby, the Tad Lo Waterfall is about 85 kilometers from Pakse in Lao’s Bolaven Plateau region. The fall is comprised of 3 distinct tiers: Tad Hang, Tad Lo and Tad Suong. The cataracts are particularly forceful and dangerous during the rainy months, and the area is known […]
Located in Laos’ south in the region surrounded by Vietnam and Thailand to the east and west respectively, and Cambodia to the south, the Tad Somphamit Waterfalls is a wonderful place to stop when transitioning from one country to another in this region with so many exotic choices. There’s a small fee to enter the […]
At about 35 kilometers from Pakse, Pha Suam Waterfall is closer than the aforementioned Tad Lo Waterfalls, making it an easy day trip from the town. Shaped like a U, the fall is distinct in that the water doesn’t dry up in the dry season, although the flow can be reduced significantly. At about 20 […]
Located in Nong Khiaw, 100 Waterfalls is one of the amazing waterfalls in Laos that you’re not likely to forget. As you may have guessed by the name, the area is home to countless waterfalls, and if you’d like to experience as many of them as possible, consider hiring a guide before you go. The […]
More resort-like than many of Laos’ waterfalls, the Nahm Dong falls and surrounding area are home to stunning natural beauty, architecture left over from the French Colonial days, and plenty of amazing things to see and do. The steps to the falls will get the old heart pumping, and there are different seating and swimming […]
Attapeu is a province of Laos in the southeast of the country. To the north it is bounded by Sekong, to the west by Champasak Province. To the east, the Annamite Mountain Range separates Attapeu from Vietnam. It borders Cambodia to the south. It has five districts, Samakkixay, Xaysetha, Sanamxay, Sanxay, and Phouvong, covering an […]
Champasak is a small town in southern Laos, on the west bank of the Mekong River about 40 km south of Pakse, the capital of Champasak Province. The town was once the seat of the Kingdom of Champasak, an independent Lao state which was abolished by the French in 1945 when they created the Kingdom of Laos, but the last King of Champasak had […]
Don Det used to be a really off the beaten track place only five to ten years ago. However, since the changes to the tubing scene in Vang Vieng in 2012 which saw the majority of bars closed down, the young party crowd has moved here. Don Det has many cheap guesthouses and bars catering to the […]
Dong Hua Sao National Protected Area is a national protected area in Champasak Province in southern Laos. This forested park rises from the Mekong river lowlands eastwards into the Bolaven Plateau. It is an ecotourism destination.
Ban Houayxay is the capital of the Lao province of Bokèo, on the border with Thailand. The town lies on the Mekong River opposite Chiang Khong in Thailand. The Fourth Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge at Ban Houayxay, which opened in December 2013 and replaced ferry service across the river, is now the northernmost road border crossing between the two countries. Asian Highway 3, which runs through Ban Houayxay, extends north […]
Tham Kong Lo or Kong Lor Cave is a karst limestone cave in Phu Hin Bun National Park, in Khammouane Province, Laos. It is located roughly 130 kilometers (81 mi) north of Thakhek, on the Nam Hin Bun River, which flows into the cave. The karst formation is dramatic and the cave has been cited as a “one of Southeast Asia’s geological wonders”. […]
Long Tieng is a Laotian military base located in Xaisomboun Province. During the Laotian Civil War, it served as a town and airbase operated by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. During this time, it was also referred to as Lima Site 98 (LS 98) or Lima Site 20A (LS 20A). At the height of its significance in the late 1960s, the “secret city” […]
Louang Namtha, is the capital of Luang Namtha Province in northern Laos. The city lies on the Tha River (Nam Tha). Luang Namtha is a popular tourist destination, and a base for treks, biking to the surrounding hill tribe villages. The Luang Namtha Museum is in the town.
This trip takes more than 6 hours through the breath taking mountains. Stops along the way: SaLa Phou Khoun Viewpoint Buddha Cave Lao War Memorial Vietnam War Memorial
Muang Ngoi Neua is a Lao town along the Nam Ou in Louangphrabang Province. It is part of Ngoi district 170 kilometres North-East of Luang Prabang. The current population is about 700, and of Lao Loum ethnicity. The town is an old Tai Mueang and was heavily bombed during the Laotian Civil War.
Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NPA) is a protected area in northern Laos, covering 5,959 km2 in three provinces: Houaphan, Luang Prabang, and Xieng Khouang. The park includes a 3,000 km2 core area where human access and wildlife harvest is prohibited and a 2,950 km2 buffer area where pre-existing villages are allocated land for subsistence living. The park consists mainly of mountains […]
Nong Khiaw is a village in the Luang Prabang Province of northern Laos. It’s on the Nam Ou River, where tour boats and kayaks travel. Close by, narrow footpaths wind through jungle and ascend steep limestone cliffs for expansive views. Tham Pha Thok is a series of limestone caves that served as a shelter during […]
Oudomxay is a province of Laos, located in the northwest of the country. The province capital is Muang Xai. Oudomxay Province covers an area of 15,370 square kilometres (5,930 sq mi). The province borders China to the north, Phongsali Province to the northeast, Luang Prabang Province to the east and southeast, Xaignabouli Province to the south and southwest, Bokeo Province to the west, and Luang Namtha Province to the northwest. The […]
Pak Beng is a small village in Laos, on the Mekong River about halfway between the Thai border at Huay Xai and Luang Prabang, Laos. Pak Beng is connected by a sealed road with Oudomxai along the Nam Beng River.
Pakse, “mouth of the river”; is the capital and most populous city of the southern Laotian province of Champasak, making it the second most populous city in Laos. Located at the confluence of the Xe Don and Mekong Rivers, it has a population of about 88,000. It also served as the capital of the Kingdom of Champasak until it was unified with the rest of […]
Phongsaly Province is a province of Laos in the extreme north of the country. The capital of the province is the city of Phôngsali. Phongsaly is between Yunnan (China), and Điện Biên Province in Vietnam. Its culture has thus been historically heavily influenced by China. Phongsaly Province covers an area of 16,270 square kilometers (6,280 sq mi), out of which 77% has forest […]
Sainyabuli Province is a province in northwest Laos. Sainyabuli town is the capital of the province. Sainyabuli is the only Lao province that is completely west of the Mekong River. (Champasak Province also has several districts west of the Mekong River including Mounlapamok, Soukama, and Phontong Districts.)
Savannakhet, officially named Kaysone Phomvihane is a city in western Laos and the capital of the Savannakhet Province. With a population of 120,000 (undated), it is the second-largest city in Laos, after Vientiane. The city is the birthplace of Kaysone Phomvihane, the first leader of Laos after the dissolution of the Kingdom of Laos from 1975 to 1992, and was named after him […]
5 Hour Drive Stops: Tad Lor Waterfall Tad Yeuang Waterfall Tad Fane Waterfall Coffee Plantation
Thakhek is a town in south-central Laos on the Mekong River and facing Nakhon Phanom across the river in northeastern Thailand. It is the capital of Khammouane Province. The city has many French colonial style official buildings, villas and shops. Western scientists first encountered the Laotian rock rat – kha-nyou (Laonastes aenigmamus) in Thakhek’s market. Remnants of the abortive Thakhek – Tan Ap railway can be seen […]
Vieng Phouka, is a town in Luang Namtha Province, northeastern Laos, approximately 50 kilometers southwest of the town of Luang Namtha. It is the capital of Viengphoukha District. The town was affected by the 2007 Laos earthquake, the epicenter only being several kilometers to the southwest.
Vieng Xai (also Vieng Xay, Vieng Sai) is a district and town in Hua Phan Province. The town is located on Rte 6, 30 km from Sam Neua (provincial capital) and 55 km from the Vietnam/Lao border in Na Meo. The biggest attraction of the town is the caves. The former Pathet Lao (PL) Revolutionary headquarters of Vieng […]