Laos Attractions

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    Wat Ho Phra Keo is also called Haw Pha Kaew temple, located on the Setthathirath Street in Vientiane City, the temple was built in 1565 under the order of Emperor Saitalati of the Kingdom of Lan Xang. The Jade Buddha is a rare treasure, which was stored in the Kingdom of Chiang Mai originally. In 1547, the emperor governed Chiang Mai.

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    Luang Prabang was the capital of Lane Xang until it moved to Vientiane in 1560 by King Setthathirath (although Luang Prabang remained the country’s main religious center). The city’s contact with western emissaries occurred in the mid-17th century during the reign of King Surigna Vongsa. After his death in 1694, Lane Xang broke up into three separate kingdoms; Vientaine, Champasak and Luang Prabang.

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    The Plain of Jars is considered the most distinctive and enigmatic of all Laos attractions. The large area around Phonsavan, the main city of Xieng Khouang Province is dotted with stone jars but no one has a clear idea as to why they are there.

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    Xieng Khouang is home to the Plain of Jars, the prehistoric stone megaliths which attracts thousands of tourists to the province each year. The area is of significant archaeological importance on account also of the standing stones in nearby Houaphanh Province.

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    Vang Vieng is surrounded with a magnificent view of mountains, trees, and flowers as well as some interesting historical and cultural sites with a unique tradition and culture. Located about halfway between Vientiane and Luang Prabang is Vang Vieng, a small town on the Nam Song river surrounded by karst limestone mountains.

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    Located on a curve of the Mekong River, Vientiane Capital has a recorded history that stretches back to around 1,000 AD. The area was originally settled because of the fertility of the surrounding alluvial plains, and Vientiane became the capital city of Laos around the mid-16th century.

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    The Whiskey Village (Ban Xang Hai) is located on the banks of the Mekong River, upriver from Luang Prabang, 20 kilometres by road. It’s impressive how rudimentary and traditional the method is, still using an open fire and earthen jars. A visit to Whisky Village is often included in a trip to Pak Ou Caves, since the two popular spots are located near one another on the Mekong River.

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    Wat Si Saket is located opposite the Presidential Palace on Lan Xang Road at the corner of Setthathirat Road, northwest of Haw Phra Kaew. The Wat Si Saket temple was built by Chao Anuvong, the last king of the Lan Xang Kingdom in early Bangkok-style architecture mixed with its own unique style.

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    Wat Si Muang is located at the eastern end of Thanon Setthathirath, in the triangular area formed just before the street merges with Thanon Samsenthai and turns into Thanon Thadeua.

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    Tad Sae Waterfall is located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Luang Prabang. The waterfall is best seen during rainy season, between July and November. Despite not being as high as Kuang Si waterfall there are many more streams of water which cascade and make a thunderous sound following plenty of rain.

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    The Royal Palace Museum is situated on Thanon Sisavangvong in the city centre, just opposite the steps leading up to Mount Phousi. It is set back from the street in a park that also houses the National Theatre and several other buildings.

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    Pha That Luang Pagoda, or Pha Chedi Lokajulamani, which translates as “World Precious Sacred Stupa”, is considered the most important national monument in the country of Laos. Situated on a hill about three miles northeast of the center of Vientiane, its golden spire rises to 148 feet (44 meters) and is surrounded by 30 smaller pagodas.

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    Victory Monument, known in Laotian as Patuxai, is one of Vientiane’s iconic attractions. It was built after the country gained independence from France. The US actually gave the Laotian government the money to build a new city airport but they decided that a large monument was in order.

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    Talat Sao combines two very different shopping experiences in a central location where old and new Vientiane come together in an interesting mix, and, if you are travelling deeper into Laos, it is your absolute best chance to pick up any specific items and indulge in a bit of retail therap

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    Textiles of the Lao-Tai and Hmong prove some of the most popular among travelers, and many visitors to this royal land flock to Laos Textiles in downtown Vientiane to watch young women create these incredible fabrics by hand.

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    The Haw Phra Kaew or Ho Phra Keo is one of Laos’ most highly venerated temples, now turned into a museum. The temple derives its name from the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most highly revered Buddha image which was enshrined in the temple for over 200 years.

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    The COPE visitor centre is a small museum but a fantastic one. It’s not at all harrowing and it’s very suitable for children. They can touch, handle and try out the mobility devices on display. It is located on Khou Vieng Road, one kilometer from the Morning Market, just opposite Green Park Hotel. It is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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    The Wat Phou was a temple dedicated to Shiva, one of the Gods of the Hindu Trimurti. In the 13th century it was converted into a Buddhist monastery. Even today the temple is still a place of worship for local Buddhists.

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    Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. The park is accessible via a tuk-tuk ride along a bumpy road, or by taking the 14 bus to Nong Khai. The drive from the center of Vientiane takes approximately an hour.

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    Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most important temples in the country of Laos. The word “wat” in Lao means temple, in this case, the Temple of the Golden City. Wat Xieng Thong is very old, built around 1560 by King Setthathirat, a patron of Buddhism, who ruled Laos from 1548 to 1571.

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    Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the many ethnic groups existing in Laos both today and in the past. This cultural display of arts and lifestyles reflect a very diverse ethnic population.

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    Pak Ou translates to ‘mouth of the Ou river’ with the first cave entrance of Tham Ting being very visible from the water; the higher cave is accessed by stairs. The Buddha images in the Pak Ou Caves assume a variety of positions, from meditation to peace and nirvana (the reclining Buddha).

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    Mount Phousi rises above the centre of the old town of Luang Prabang, and is situated between Thanon Sisavangvong and Thanon Phousi. From its peak you can look out over the entire city and beyond, with the Mekong River to the north and the Khan River to the south and east.

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    Kuang Si falls is a beautiful place where they have formed various levels of water falls in a natural environment of beauty without equal, where is also possible go for a swim, jump on liana from trees and for the more adventurous, climbing up to the rocks where the water with all their strength in Kuang Si falls.