Tourism in Laos is in its development phase. For the last over 20 years tourist arrival in this south Asian country has increased tremendously. The government of Laos is projecting that with increased tourism revenues, it will ease the country reliance on agriculture. The current statistics has shown the inflow rate of visitors is rising steadily and they sector is promising. The country is very rich in many attraction sites which are gaining global recognition. There are beautiful sceneries like wildlife, ancient temples, and recreational areas. Recognition of Luang Prabang and Wat Phu as world heritage sites by UNESCO has led further to the improvement of tourism in Lao. Below are some of the top 5 places where one can enjoy their holiday.
5. Vang Vieng
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The town of Vang Vieng is one of tourist havens in Laos. It is located to the north of the capital city and on the banks of river Nam Song. When traveling, you can take approximately 4 hours. The place has plenty of activities for visitors. The most important while enjoying is to observe the stipulated rules. For instance mode of dressing should not be offending to the locals. Now for the activities, one can undertake to have fun includes, swimming in blue colored lagoons. If you are water loving, then you can enjoy swimming in the shallow pools to cool your body in hot afternoons. You can do deep diving on the deeper sections of the river. As you swim, numerous caves making the place to have beautiful scenery. Another event is agro-tourism, in Vang Veng, one can opt to do farm touring to learn on various crop production. There are several farms where you can spend your time interacting with owners. Hot air balloon rides; a hot air balloon offers a chance to have a closer view of the surrounding hills. An early morning trip on balloons enables one to experience a stunning experience of mist covering the entire area. Also, you can have a chance to perform rock climbing. Other fun activities include partying especially in the jungle and tubing.
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Bokeo is the smallest province in Laos. It is situated close to Chinese, Thailand and Myanmar borders. Despite its smallness, it is rich in attractions. The area is home to over 30 ethnic groups. As its name translate to gem mine, you will experience the uniqueness of the area. In the capital of this province is known as Huay Xai. It is located on the banks of River Mekong. Here you can enjoy boat riding. Like other towns in the country, it houses some historic temples where one can pay a visit. One of the most unforgettable moments is enjoying a moment in the houses constructed on the tree tops. They enable you to have a better view of the surrounding. By the end of your stay in the town, one can opt to leave by road to Luang Namtha although it is rough. The better option is to enjoy a boat trip to Luang Prabang. There are also ferry services and if in need of speed, speed boats are available. You can also cross using the bridge.
3. Pha That Luang stupa
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This building serves as a national monument and if found in the capital city Vientiane. It is one of the oldest monuments in Laos having built on 1566. From the city center, you will have to travel 3 miles to the north-eastern on top of a hill. As you look at the building, it looks stunning with its golden color finishing. The architecture and color make it the most attractive temple in the whole country. Spanning 45 meters high it consists of the main stupa being the highest and another 30 small stupas surround it. The temple is encircled by 85meter high cloisters bearing several Buddha statues. The temple was reconstructed in 1930 after its destruction by the invading Burmese Chinese and Siamese. More of the history of this magnificent temple can be acquired when you make a visit. To access, it can be categorized into two bits. A visit to the open compound one is not charged. If you wish to access inside you will have to pay the stipulated entry fee. To the inside, various components are eye appealing. Some include altars, sculptures paintings, and Buddha statues. The temple is opened daily from 8 am to 12 pm morning session and 1 pm to 4 pm afternoon session.
2. Kuang Si Falls
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If you like interacting with nature, the Kuang Si Falls are the best place to spend your time. It is a 3 tier fall leading to a height of over 50 meters. At the base where water falls, it forms a suitable pool for swimming. there are caves which that are used as shrines. the caves create a thrilling atmosphere. The trees surround this place offers shade for relaxation after swimming. The water cascades have made this place famous in the whole of Luang Prabang’s. as you move to the waterfall, you can have a chance to vie beautiful rice paddies along the way. You can also interact with local villagers and enjoy their traditional dressing style, especially women. In the village, you can buy some artworks such as paintings and souvenirs. The waterfall is 29 kilometers from Luang Prabang. It is advised you carry the correct clothing and shoes as it is a slippery ground. For Transport, you can arrange privately, or you can utilize public minibuses.
1. Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang is one of the few UNESCO world heritage recognized I Laos. The town is the home to ancient monuments and temples. It is one of the most visited places in the country. It is located to the north and surrounded by mountains. Here you will have the pleasure to taste great recipes although you will dig deeper into your pocket. The town was the seat of Lan Xang Kingdom before the status was transferred to Vientiane in 1545. Different architectural designs will delight your day ranging from ancient temples, French designs and other natural features like the joining place of Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. For Swimmers Mekong River, offers perfect places due to the presence of cascading water pools.
Through the analysis of the top 5 best places to visit in Laos, It is clear that the country has some excellent attraction sites. Although, we have just reviewed a few there are other stunning places where you can take your family. When planning a holiday trip next time, put Laos on your top list for a great encounter.