Can’t get enough of Laos? We neither. That’s why we wrote another blog on what you should check out when you’re in Laos. Here we go!
Si Pha Don
Si Pha Don – also known as “The Four Thousand Islands” – is a group of islands in the Mekong River. It’s the place where the Mekong breaks down into many rivers and channels, creating thousands of tiny islands.
Xieng Khouang – The Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars is a collection of large jars spread accross Xieng Khouang plains in the Laos Highlands. The origin of the jars is unknown, but archaeologists believe that they were used between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago. According to a legend, the jars were made by Khun Cheung, a king of giants who lived in the highlands.
What Phou – meaning “Mountain Temple” – is situated on a hillside and offers amazing views over the Mekong River. It’s one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. One of the temples was built around the 5th century. The temple has been an active temple for Buddhist religious practice. There is an altar at the front section of its sanctuary featuring four big Buddha images, with more Buddhas around the ruins. If you have the chance to visit What Phou in February, you will come across the temple’s biggest annual festival.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Nestled in the Laos jungle, the waterfalls of Kuang Si are a serene beauty in the midst of the jungle’s chaos. The blue waters that flow down travel through a series of pools before joining the flow of the jungle river. At some places, the pools are deep enough to dive in when the heat of the jungle gets to you. Watch out, though: reaching the waterfalls can be tricky as they are pretty far off the beaten path.
Mount Phou Si
The last one on our list: the sacred mountain of Luang Prabang. The mountain is about 100 meters high and is a popular sight with the visitors of the city. On the top of the mountain, you’ll find the Wat Chom Si with its golden 20 meters high Stupa.