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Laos sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Tropical forests that hide ancient temples and ruins of antique settlements, picturesque mountain landscapes, and unusual lifestyle – Laos has something attractive for different categories of travelers. This is a true treasure for fans of exotic vacations who do not care that the country is deprived of prestigious resorts, high-class hotels, and ultra-modern entertainment centers. This is a fantastic place to search for new historic, natural, and cultural discoveries.
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According to archaeological data, the territory of modern Laos was inhabited already 40,000 years ago. The ancient Funan civilization appeared in this region already in the 1st millennia BC. Later, such kingdoms as Chenla and Dvaravati formed in this region. According to historic data, the Lan Xang Kingdom formed in the territory of modern Laos in the middle of the 14th century. Lao prince Fa Ngum is considered the founder of the kingdom. The ancient country had to survive through many wars. For decades, battles with the army of Siam weakened the country.
Lan Xang drew the attention of the first European missionaries in the 17th century. This is the time when merchants from the Netherlands started appearing in the country. The ancient kingdom collapsed closer to the end of the 17th century and separated into several smaller kingdoms. The period of British and French colonization, which started in the first part of the 19th century, was the next important page in the history of the country. Laos became an independent country only in 1949. Copyright
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Nowadays, the ancient country is famous for its miraculous Buddhist landmarks. Buddha Park is a great example. The attraction is located not far from the capital. While enjoying a stroll in this park, visitors can see dozens of different sculptures of Buddha and various mythical creatures. These sculptures look very old, but the park was founded approximately 50 years ago. Besides interesting sculptures, this is a green area with comfortable benches and recreation areas. Buddha Park is an ideal destination for peaceful strolling.
Without a doubt, the Plain of Jars is the most mysterious landmark of Laos. This is a unique archaeological area where scientists discovered thousands of stone jars of different shapes and sizes. The purpose of these stone jars is still unknown. The jars are very heavy - each of them weighs almost a ton. Nowadays, a big part of the archaeological region is open for tourists.
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The ruins of the ancient Vat Phou temple are a no less interesting historic attraction. The temple is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This spectacular temple was built yet in the 11th century. At that time, this was one of the most gorgeous and heavily decorated temples in the country. Even nowadays, the remaining fragments of the building show how elegant and grandiose the temple was. Vat Phou is located in a beautiful mountain region that is literally hidden among tall green trees. Local people considered this area sacred, and this is the reason why they decided to build such a fabulous temple here.
If you want to explore picturesque natural areas, head to the Tat Kuang Si Nature Reserve. This national park is the location of another important attraction – a waterfall that shares its name with the park. The period from August to November is considered the best time to visit Tat Kuang Si. The waterfall has several cascades, and the height of the tallest one is 54 meters. The waterfall forms many beautiful lakes and rivers in the mountain area. Lush tropical flora adds a special charming, creating a truly mesmerizing view. Many tourists call Kuang Si Falls the most beautiful place in Laos. Many locals share the same opinion and enjoy spending time in the park.
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The capital of Laos, Vientiane, also has many interesting historical and cultural attractions. In this city, tourists can visit old Buddhist temples, with Pha That Luang being the most gorgeous. There are multiple cultural centers and museums. The National Museum of Laos remains the most visited museum in the country. It exhibits a rich collection of ethnographic and historical artifacts. Besides historical and cultural landmarks, the capital is famous for its vibrant and colorful markets. Of course, there are many restaurants, clubs, and discos in Vientiane.
The airport in the capital of Laos accommodates flights from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and China several times a week. Flights from Thailand to Vientiane Airport are the most frequent. It is possible to reach Laos from all neighboring countries by bus. The country has the most active bus connection with Thailand. Buses from such cities as Nong Khai and Udon Thani depart several times a day. The bus ticket price is roughly 3 – 4 dollars. It is possible to reach Vientiane from Bangkok by bus, but the price will be higher in this case – 25 dollars.

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Vang Vieng Village

From the series “Small Flamboyant Towns Painted with Van Gogh Colors”
Vang Vieng in Laos is one of the most beautiful and, at the same time, one of the most dangerous places in the world. Vang Vieng is considered a youth resort. Many nightclubs, discos, bars, and other entertainment facilities are concentrated along the main street. More than 170 000 tourists from around the world come here in search of alcohol and drugs that are sold freely in this small town.

You can have fun all day and night. After dawn, young people head to clubs, and at the day many travelers prefer active entertainment. A huge variety of sports activities, including a rather extreme ones, such as rafting in an old wheel of a tractor are available for tourists. Such dangerous entertainment  became a cause of death of many visitors. According to statistics, more than 20 people are … Read all

Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

From the series “Top 16 Most Unusual and Original Parks and Gardens”
In Laos, travelers will have an opportunity to visit  the unusual Buddha Park. It is located in the immediate vicinity of Vientiane. The opening of the park took place about 50 years ago. It is not about nice exotic plants, but uncommon sculptures instead. Total in the park, there are about 200 statues of Buddhist and Hindu subjects, among which you can see not only the Buddha sculptures, but also incredible mythical monsters.

The park was opened in 1958, but apparently some statues look as if they have been created a few hundred years ago. In fact, concrete items were aged artificially to give the park complex a special kind of mystery. Besides sculptures, there are amazing landscape decorations. The park is very popular among tourists. It’s not difficult to get there from the … Read all

Tat Kuang Si

From the series “Most Fanciful Waterfalls of the Planet”
In Laos there is a wonderful waterfall, that deserves the attention of all curious tourists and nature lovers. It is the Kuang Si Falls, located in the surroundings of Luang Prabang province, and is one of its most striking and popular sights. The waterfall begins on the top of a steep hill and consists of 50 cascades, which alternate with incredibly beautiful basins of turquoise colour. Despite the fact that for a calcareous tuff such a number of cascades is not something outstanding, this does not in the least diminish the uniqueness of Kuang Si Falls.

The waterfall is located in a picturesque forest. Next to it some picnic areas are equipped. In addition, some waterfall pools are suitable for bathing, which is actively used not only by local residents, but also by many tourists. Fans … Read all
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