Interesting places in Laos

Laos is one of the few truly exotic countries left in the world today. A sense of antiquity, genuinely friendly locals, atmospheric Buddhist temples, landmarks and mysterious heritage sites. From the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang (yes, the whole city is a heritage site), to the inexplicable and mysterious Valley of the Jars, you will be enchanted by this amazing land. Luang Prabang Being the main tourist city of Laos, and perhaps the most beautiful place in Southeast Asia, here food, water and sleep will cost tourists more than in the capital Vientiane. Luang Prabang has long been the capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom until King Photisarath moved to Vientiane in 1545. The cascading waterfalls and milky brown waters of the Mekong provide plenty of opportunities to explore this incredible city. Laos has been open for tourism only since 1989; until recently, this country was cut off from Southeast Asia. For now, Laos has a stable economy based on tourism and regional trade. That Luang Tat Luang, located in Vientiane, is a national symbol, it is depicted on the official seal of Laos, and is also the most sacred monument of the country. Outwardly, it looks like a fortress surrounded by high walls, in the center there is a stupa, the top of which is covered with gold sheets. The length of the stupa is 148 feet. The beautiful architecture of this attraction is made in the Lao style, its design and construction was influenced by the Buddhist faith. In this connection, Tat Luang is covered with thin gilding, the doors are painted red, many Buddha images, beautiful flowers and animals can be found here. Tat Luang was heavily damaged by the Burmese, Chinese and Siamese during the invasions (18th and 19th centuries), after which it was abandoned until the onset of colonial times. Restoration work was completed in 1900 by the French, and also in 1930 with the help of France. Vang Vieng Vang Vieng is heaven on earth, many Laos travelers will tell you. Surrounded by scenic countryside from mountains to rivers, limestone cliffs to rice paddies, this small yet picturesque town offers a long list of attractions. The famous Tem Hum Cave offers tourists the beauty of the Blue Lagoon, a good place for swimming. At the same time, Tam Norn is one of the largest caves in Vang Vieng.

Wat Sisaket Located in the country’s capital, Wat Sisaket is famous for its thousand tiny Buddha images, including a seated one, arranged in a row. These images date from the 16th-19th century and are made of wood, stone and bronze. There are over 6 Buddhas in total. If you visit this temple early in the morning, you will see many locals going to pray. Quite an interesting sight worth seeing.

Plateau Bolaven This natural wonder is located in Southern Laos and is popular for its incredible scenery, ethnic villages nearby and unexplored corners. The plateau is best known for being home to some of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular waterfalls, including Tad Phan and Dong Hua Sao. The height of the plateau ranges from about 1000 to 1350 meters above sea level, the weather here is generally milder than in the rest of the country, and it is cooler at night.

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