Laos- the Southeast Asian country that has a history dating back almost 10,000 years, is known for the mountainous terrains and dense jungles as much as it is known for its state-of-the-art architecture. Whether you are an adventure junkie or are just looking for some down-time, Laos should definitely be on your travel list. A country full of surprises, warm hospitality and scenic views, Laos has something for every type of traveller. Read on to find out more about everything you can do in Laos.
Top 6 things to do in Laos:
1) Luang Prabang-
Seated at about 700 metres above mean sea level, the Luang Prabang is situated at the confluence of the River Ram Khan and River Mekong, the Luang Prabang is a quaint little tourist place in Laos. Your visit to Luang Prabang can turn into a day out in Laos which would include swimming, climbing and sailing through the cascading waters of River Mekong. Compared to the rest of the places in Laos, Luang Prabang is a little more on the expensive side, in terms of food, stay and entertainment. This site was not considered to be a part of Laos until the year 1989 and has only come to be known as one of the main tourist sites of Laos, since then.
2) Kuang Si Waterfall
The Kaung Si Waterfall of Laos is one of the largest and most beautiful places to visit when you are in Laos. The cascading waterfalls de-escalate into smaller pools filled with chilled water, perfect for a refreshing swim or just relaxing. The waterfalls also have a set of wooden huts around them where you can change into fresh clothes, after taking a dip in the water.
3) Grab a meal at Nava Mekong
The Nava Mekong Cruise is one of the best places to visit in Laos, mainly because it affords a very fun experience for diners. You can gorge on some of the yummiest food while you explore the Luang Prabang area. On the cruise, you will be able to sample some of the yummiest Laotian food, which is a simple blend of spices served with spicy meat, sticky rice or fish laap. If you are planning to take a cruise trip, try and head there for lunch as the cruise drops you off at a local village where you can experience the traditional Lao culture. The two slots available for the cruise ride are, 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7pm.
4) Rejuvenate your senses with a traditional Laotian massage
Indulge in a traditional Laotian massage before you head back home from your vacation. One of the best places where you can sign up for a massage or spa treatment is the Champa Spa. You can choose from a range of different spa treatments, as per your requirement or skin type and choose from either a 60 minute or a 90-minute massage.
Where? Samsenthai Road and Pangkham Road, Vientiane, Laos.
5) Party it up in Laos
Vacations and holidays are mainly for relaxing, but a little partying doesn’t hurt anyone! The Sakura bar, situated in Vang Vieng organizes some of the most happening parties. Dance to some of the peppiest numbers and sip on super cocktails prepared by the bartenders at the bar. We bet you won’t even know when the night turns to morning. Try reaching the bar early as it gets very crowded later in the night.
6) Trek Mount Pho Si
Mount Pho Si is considered to be a sacred hill in Luang Prabang and is located at the confluence of the Ram Khan and Mekong rivers. Both the sides of the mountains have a flight of stairs that reach you to the top of the mountain. Don’t forget to stop and have a look at the items that the local vendors sell, you will find fresh flowers, a variety of incense sticks and small memoirs that you can carry back home with you. Start your trek early in the morning so that your ascend is not hurried or overcrowded with people.
Where to stay in Laos?
- Kiridara Hotel
Kiridara is a four-star property, located in Luang Prabang, along the Ban Vieng Mai Road. The airport is about a twenty-minute drive from the hotel and about two kilometres from the city centre. The Khan River, Mount Phou and the Monument to President, are located close to the hotel, giving guests easier access to these places.
Where? 13th North Road, Ban Naviengkham, Luang Prabang, 856, Laos.
2. Maison Dalabua
‘Maison’ means house, while Dalabua stands for ‘Princess of Lotus’. Dalabua is a great place to stay at if you are looking for a more homely and cosy hotel. Staying at Maison Dalabua is sure to leave you with a huge collection of memories and lots of insight into the Laotian culture.
Where? 06000, Oulapath Khamboua Road, Ban That, Laos.
3. The Luang Say Residence
The Luang Say Residence is situated at one of the prime locations in Laos, close to the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Mai and Phu Si. If you are mainly travelling to experience Laos tourism, this would make a for a wiser stay option as you would be spending lesser time and money on travelling to tourist spots. Another plus of staying with them is that they also have a complimentary shuttle service for guests who want to travel to places that fall within 5 kilometres from the hotel.
Where? 4-5 ban Phonepheng, Luang Prabang, Laos.
4. Le Bel Air Boutique
Located just by about a five-minute drive from the airport, Le Bel Air Boutique is spread over a sprawling two hectares and is surrounded by verdant gardens. Another feature of the property that makes it special is that it overlooks a gushing river, giving you a chance to experience natural beauty at its finest while living in a boutique hotel laden with the best amenities and services.
Where? 1 Old Bridge, Ban Muang Nga, pb 120, Luang Prabang 06000, Laos.
5. Vieng Tara Villa
Vieng Tara is situated in Vang Vieng and is one of the best Laos Hotels to stay at. The Villa also has an in-house restaurant that serves complimentary breakfast to all the guests, coupled with great customer service. Consisting of a total 14 air-conditioned guestrooms, the Villa has rooms that open up to balconies where you can lounge around and sip on a cup of coffee before heading out to explore Laos.
Where? 111 Vang Vieng 82995 Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Laos
Laos is a less explored tourist region, but definitely, one that deserves to be explored! Untouched by man’s interference, it gives travellers a chance to soak in the tranquility and peace that most of us yearn for.