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During dry season some of the boat routes may not be passable due to low river levels.
For some really amazing places this is frequently the only way to get these places. The river systems in Laos are often the next best way of getting around locally in Laos. (My blog post has info on how to find it!) Admission is 20,000 LAK, and a tuk-tuk from Luang Prabang will cost 30,000-40,000 LAK.
Be sure to find the secret pool for a swim too! Definitely do not miss this place. The picture at the top of the page?
The water is perfect and the scenery breathtaking. While one of the most popular attractions in the area (try to avoid the weekends when the locals crowd the area too), it was one of the most breathtaking things I saw in Laos. Trek to the Kuang Si Falls - This huge waterfall is breathtaking.
Nowadays, after a crack down by local authorities, things have calmed down and it has become a hub for outdoor adventure, jungle hikes, and lazy days cooling off in the river. It didn’t take long to develop into a crazy, hedonistic city where drinking and drugs proliferated. Located by a beautiful, refreshing river and surrounded by caves, lagoons, and mountains, it was the perfect mountainside chill-out spot.
Visit Vang Vieng - In the late 1990s, backpackers discovered this little town in the middle of Laos. One such guided tour is run by Vientiane ByCycle, and is great value because you learn a lot along the way and don’t have to worry about reading the map yourself. There are also tours by bicycle of the town, temples, river banks, markets for example held by tour companies.
You will really get a good sense of what the city is like outside of the tourist area along the riverfront. Grab a map and a bicycle if you are up to it, and the weathers nice, and go on a temple trip about town. There are many temples to visit in and around Vientiane, and definitely worth a look.
Don’t miss the ornate Pha That Luang Stupa which is the single most important religious monument within Laos, pictured at the top of this post. Browse the exhibits on display at the Lao National Museum, aka the Revolutionary Museum which details Laotian life from the 18th century. Stop by the Wat Si Muang Temple and admire the vast (and curious) collection of massive statues within the Buddha Park.
Incidentally the word ‘wat’ is used across Southeast Asia (particularly Thailand, Cambodia and Laos Tourism Information) and means ‘monastery temple’. First stop should definitely be the atmospheric Wat Sisaket temple, which was built in a Bangkok-style in 1818 and is said to be the oldest temple within Vientiane. What really sets the city apart is it enviable location, sandwiched between the mighty Mekong River and the Mae Kok River, which makes water-based exploration a real possibility.
The former capital is a fantastic introduction to Laos , with its traditional wooden houses and European colonial architecture, a legacy of the French Indochine rule.