Laos will surprise you – undiscovered villages, scenic waterfalls, Buddhist temples with beautiful rooftops, along with homely locals and flavourful food.
If you are heading to Laos, explore these Hidden Gems of Laos!
Kuang Si Waterfalls:
Kuang Si Falls are around 29 kilometers from the town and the best ways to reach there is through tuk tuk. The blue waters flow down the falls and eventually connect to the forest river. There are several spots to swim along the path to the waterfalls. There’s also a Bear Rescue Center where you can see Asiatic Black Bears and other rescued animals. There’s also a Butterfly Park where you’ll see colourful butterflies.
This is a Buddha park located a little outside Vientiane. It is filled with stone sculptures made by a monk Bunleua Sulilat in 1958. Apart from Buddha sculptures, you’ll also find bizarre structures of people, animals and deities here.
Rock climbing, Tube Riding, Caves exploring, Pub Crawling are some activities you can enjoy in Vang Vieng (the former party capital of Laos and now the eco-adventure paradise). A trip to laos must include tubing. In this activity you push yourself in the water and whizz down the tube.
The treasures of Luang Prabang
This is a UNESCO World Heritage city. Places that should not be missed out in this city are Haw Kham – the royal palace which is now a museum, Phou Si – main hill of the city with an incredible view and Vat Xieng Toung – the oldest buddhist temple in the city.
Plain of Jars
Phonsavan has a unique sight – a large field that has various stone jars. These jars vary in size, some of them are as high as 5 to 6 feet whereas some of them are small enough so you can trip over it. Nobody knows the history behind these jars, but they seem to be 2000 years old.
Pak Ou Caves
Pak Ou means ‘the mouth of the river’. At the mouth of the river on a perched cliff are two caves ‘Tham Ting – the lower cave’ and ‘Tham Theung – the upper cave’. The caves have thousands of wooden Statues of Buddha in various positions – from meditation to nirvana. Take a relaxing cruise from Mekong River to reach here. On your way to Pak Ou Caves, make a quick stop at Ban Xang Hay, a little village popular for Lao Lao (locally made rice whisky).
Planning a trip to Laos? The period from October to April is the best time of the year to visit this destination of hidden gems.