Lao Attractions

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Xieng Khouhang consists of six districts Muang Khoune, Muang Phonsavanh, Muang Nong Hai, Muang Kham, Muang Mork, and Muang Phou Koud. Situated in the southernmost remote provinces of Laos, the area was part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, where troops, supplies and artillery were smuggled out of northern Vietnam and through the mountains on the eastern edge of the country, and subsequently into southern Vietnam.While the vast majority of people reading this will be aware of the Vietnam War fought between 1963 to 1974, fewer know that a large part of the war was fought in Laos, giving the country the dubious title of being ‘the most bombed country in the world’.

Xieng Khoang

Host to a variety of sights and attractions, Champasak province in Laos is an unforgettable destination for any traveller. Known for its natural beauty and historical offerings, the southern Laotian province provides a welcome and peaceful relief from the more bustling urban centers of Southeast Asia, while at the same time offering a host of fascinating sites and appealing natural attractions. The province is also home to the ancient ruins of Wat Phu, a dramatic Khmer style temple well known for its archeological importance.

Champassak

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos. The town is located on the North bank of the Mekong river, opposite the Thai town of Si Chiang Mai.

Vientiane is a small city with a relaxed atmosphere that receives a growing number of tourists. French influence shows in the colonial era buildings and the broad boulevards. The town's most distinguishing landmark is the Patuxai arch, that resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

The name of the more than a thousand years old city is pronounced as Vieng Chan, which means "the walled city of sandalwood".

The city was destroyed by the Siamese army in 1828. It was rebuild when the French colonized Laos and made it part of French Indochina in 1893.

Vientiane

The former royal capital of Laos, lovely Luang Prabang, exudes a rich essence of French-Indochinese architecture, with French provincial ochre-colored buildings woven into ancient red-roofed Theravada Buddhist temples and gold stupas under Mount Phousi. Luang Prabang was rarely ever visited by travelers for decades, but since the ‘Jewel of Indochina’ was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, much has changed. Surrounded by mountains and set 700m above sea level at the confluence of the Nam Khan River and the Mekong River, Luang Prabang has now become Laos’s premier tourist highlight.

Considered the best preserved town in Southeast Asia, it is packed with inviting homes, shops and temples, including the 16th century Wat Xiang Thong. At sunrise, hundreds of orange clad monks gather at Wat Xiang Thong and other temples for tak bat, a 6 am walk through the mist filled streets where locals wait to gain spiritual merit by filling their alms bowls with sticky rice. Enjoy a day trip to ‘Hongsa’, where you can see plenty of elephants in the ‘Land of a Million Elephants’, also visit the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls a short drive away.


Luang Prabang
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