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The Land of Million Elephants

Welcome to Laos – the Land of million elephants. Being alocked nation in Southeast Asia, known for its tranquil natural beauty and laid-back vibe that have been lost else where in the region,a journey to Laos is like a journey into the Asia of old. Steeped in culture and heritage, shrouded in mystery and blessed with stunning sceneries...

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Population: 6.5 million.

Capital City: Vientiane (Pop: 750,000).

People: Over 60 ethnic groups.

Language: Lao.

Currency: Kip (KN).

Time Zone: GMT +7 Hours.

International Dialing Code: +856.

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Luang Prabang – located in the north of Laos is considered as the heart of Laos culture. The city will amaze you, definitely, by “the successful fusion of the traditional architectural and urban structures and those of the European colonial rulers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique townscape is remarkably well preserved, illustrating a key stage in the blending of two distinct cultural traditions” said the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural...

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No words can describe the stunning of Kuang Si Waterfalls and the emerald water: you must witness in person, the experience will surely exceeds your expectations!Located outside the city of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfalls are absolutely breathtaking and definitely worth the visit.  You can climb up to the falls and take a dip, or walk through the beautiful area and got in the water a bit more downstream, swim or simply put my feet in for a relaxation.Truly, a joyous...

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When in Luang Prabang, it is recommended to take a boat tour through Mekong river and visit Pak Ou caves. The excursion will bring you pleasant time to see the local life along the way where the mountain, blue sky and spectacular scenery are in harmony to take the picture. The climb to the caves will guide you to superb exploration to see hundreds of Buddha sculptures in a dark cave, which is not only an insight into top attraction in Luang Prabang, but the historical...

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One of the best ways to learn about Lao cuisine and the traditional dishes from Luang Prabang is from a local expert. Experience a half day or an afternoon to learn some local dishes that you can later returned to your country, to the delight of your friend’s curious palate. Luang Prabang is definitely the gastronomic capital of Laos. Historically, the town has always been rich in the arts, especially table arts. The best cooks were hired by the King. This...

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Wat Xieng Thong, literally translated the ‘monastery of the golden city’, is one of the oldest and most important temples of Luang Prabang as well as one of the highest symbols of Buddhism in Laos. This Buddhist temple was built in 1559-1560 by King Setthathirath in the northern tip of the peninsula where the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River join. After a number of restorations, Wat Xieng Thong now consists of more than twenty structures on the grounds including a...

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COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) is a non-profit organization in Laos created in 1996. For years, COPE follows the mission to help people with mobility-related disabilities by proving more than one thousand walking aids, artificial limbs, and wheelchairs in Laos each year. Coming to COPE Visitor Center in Vientiane, you will find it as a small amazing museum with many informative multimedia exhibits about prosthetics, the stories about victims of bombs...

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Haw Phrakeo is a former royal temple in Vientiane where the royal family uses as a personal place of worship. The temple is also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as it was first built in 1565 by King Setthathirath to house the Emerald Buddha figurine. After several destructions and rebuilds, Haw Phrakeo now serves as a museum where you can see many precious artifacts and some of the finest examples of Laos religious art such as a 2,000-year-old stone jar from the...

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Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan or Spirit City, is an open-air sculpture garden housing a large number of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. The park was built in 1958 by Bounleua Sulilat, a priest-shaman and sculpture artist on the bank of the Mekong River, around 25km southeast of Vientiane. There are more than 200 sculptures made from reinforced concrete displayed in the park that vary in sizes and shapes. Some are statues of Buddha and Hindu gods, the others are...

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Located on the banks of the Mekong River and facing the sacred Mount Phousi, the Royal Palace was built in 1904 to serve as the residence of King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French colonial era. After the revolution in 1975, the palace turned into a national museum and opened to the public in 1995. On the palace grounds, there are some buildings such as an exhibition hall, Haw Pra Bang that houses the standing Buddha statue called Prabang - the palladium of Laos,...

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Established in 2001, Elephant Village is a wonderful place where tourists get to know more about the elephants of Laos who are rescued from the abusive environment or the logging industry and cared by professional veterinarians. In a safe, secure home, on the bank of the Nam Khan river and next to Ban Xieng Lom, these special animals live happily with their herd as well as roam freely in the lush and green jungle every day. When visiting the Elephant Village, tourists can...

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Located 30km southwest of Luang Prabang, Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre is only a short walk past the entrance gate to Tat Kuang Si Waterfall. Run by Free the Bears with the help from the Laos Department of Forestry since 2003, this excellent center is home to many wild Moon bears rescued from poachers and illegal wildlife trade where they have an open enclosure to live and play freely with lots of trees and swings. Due to the growing population of rescued bears, there are...

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Considered as the top attraction in Vang Vieng, Tham Cham is a spectacular cave consisting of numerous beautiful and rare stalactites. Located in Meuang Xong Village, this spacious cave was used as a bunker during an invasion in the early 19th century and a haven for local inhabitants in the civil war. To enter the cave, visitors need to climb up the stone stairway with a couple of hundred steps leading to the mountainside entrance. Inside the cave, there are several...

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Contrary to popular belief of a modern and busy city, Vientiane is, in fact, the laidback capital of Laos with unique and hidden charms. To unveil the true lure of Vientiane, let’s join our city tour that takes you to some of the best sights in town. Start with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in the city built in the Siamese style of Buddhist architecture, you will see a huge exhibition of over 2,000 Buddha images well displayed on a cloister wall. Next, it’s...

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The Bamboo Experience in Luang Prabang is an interactive local family-run workshop where you learn all about the use of bamboo in Lao culture as well as their daily life. The experience takes place in a rustic pavilion on traditional Lao style next to vast rice paddy fields. There you will be explained how bamboo is used to make various household items and given a fun experience to play Lao childhood games with metal balls, crossbow arrow, and bamboo stilts. You will also...

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Mainly located within Champasak Province in southern Laos, Bolaven Plateau is one of the best destinations in Laos for nature lovers due to its cultural and geographical areas of interest. On discovery of the Plateau, you will first visit the area of Volcanic Rock which is famous for green suburb tea and coffee plantations owing to the cooler temperatures, abundant rainfall, and rich soil. Then go on to Tad Fane Waterfall, a beautiful double cascade of water surrounded by...

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Wat Phou, also known as Vat Phou or Vat Phu, is an ancient ruined temple complex in southern Laos. Located at the base of mount Phou Khao 40km outside the town of Pakse, this temple was originally built by the Khmer Empire and dedicated to Lord Shiva but then became a center of Buddhist worship until today. Despite the striking resemblance as a miniature version of Angkor Wat, Wat Phou is much quiet and peaceful with the most area of the architecture built high into the...

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4000 Islands or Si Phan Don in Lao is a riverine archipelago with numerous islands in the Mekong River in the Champasak Region. While most of the islands are too tiny and uninhabited, there are three most popular and lively islands that are preferred places of typical backpackers: Don Khong, Don Det, and Don Khon. All these islands enjoy a laidback, sleepy vibe with plenty of guest houses and scenic restaurants overlooking the Mekong River. While in these islands, you can...

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Nestled in lush tropical gardens on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center is a special place of interest where visitors can learn about the history, development as well as impressive skills of Lao textiles and handicrafts. Following the concept of “East Meets West”, the center offers all tourists 30-minute free tours to see how master weavers make top-quality fabrics from the silkworm to the loom. The knowledgable staff will show you the...

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Mount Phousi

 Luang Prabang

Located in the heart of the old town peninsular Luang Prabang, Mount Phousi, also known as the ‘sacred hill’ in Lao, stands at 100 meters above the sea level that makes it the highest point in the town as well as a must-see for any visitors in Laos. Surrounded by the Mekong River and Nam Khan River, the hill is a holy religious site of local people and a popular sunset & sunrise vantage point for international tourists. There are two staircases to reach the top of...

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Baci or more commonly called ‘su kwan’ (meaning “calling of the soul”) is an important ceremony of Lao people practiced for hundreds of years. The ritual is held to celebrate important events and occasions, like Lao New Year, weddings, births, homecomings, entering the monkhood, or in case of tourists, to honor visitors and guests. On the ceremony, you will gather around a handmade marigold pyramid, called Pha Khuan, while an elder chants blessings and ties pieces of...

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The alms-giving ceremony, or Tak Bat in Lao, is a centuries-old and meaningful tradition in the Buddhist culture of Lao people. In Luang Prabang, it takes place daily from 5:30 in the morning onward, starting from temples in this ancient town to the main roads then to all backstreets. Buddhist monks and novices in their bright saffron robes walk silently on barefoot throughout the streets in long straight lines to gather the almsgiving. While the local residents – the...

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Heading out of the capital Vientiane 90km to the north, you will arrive at Nam Ngum Lake, or Ang Nam Ngum in Lao. Usually referred to Lao Sea, this lake is actually a huge man-made reservoir covering an area of 250 km2 that is created by damming the Nam Ngum River in the 1970s. The lake dotted with a myriad of stunning green islands is an ideal haven for local people’s weekend getaways and a tourist stop. Resorts and restaurants are sprinkled along the shoreline, which...

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Located downhill 300 meters before the entrance of the magnificent Kuang Si waterfalls, the eponymous Butterfly Park was opened in 2014 by a Dutch couple as home to Laos’ myriad butterflies in natural settings. The park is well worth a visit because it is not only a tourist attraction but also a research center that educates children and students about many species of local butterflies as well as Laos’ nature. When visiting Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, you will be...

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Only an hour’s drive from Luang Prabang, Green Jungle Park is a new kind of attraction in Laos with many adventure activities. Zipline course at the top of Hoi Khua Waterfalls may be the most popular among travelers. When joining this course, you first need to fill in the security acknowledgment form then follow a training safety riding zipline with the park’s experienced guides before going to the real ride. Try different levels of zipline from the waterfalls down to...

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Located in the Xiangkhoang Plateau, the famous UNESCO-listed site – Plain of Jars was made up of thousands of stone jars scattered over hundreds of hilly square kilometers. These tubular-shaped megalithic jars are mostly arranged in clusters with more than 90 sites, each with one to 400 stone jars. The Plain of Jars is believed dating back to the Iron Age, however its origin and purpose are still unknown. Tourists usually visit popular spots at Site 1, 2 and 3 as they are...

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Spending time and learning about Asian elephants is one of the most memorable things you should not miss in Laos. If you have a chance to visit Pakbeng, give it a try at Mekong Elephant Park, a sanctuary to protect these adorable creatures set in a beautiful clean environment with excellent facilities in harmony with nature. Here you can experience an enjoyable hike through the beautiful jungle with these giants, feed them with bananas, or observe them having fun with a bath...

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Kayaking on Nam Ou river

 Luang Prabang

For many travelers who desire to get closer to nature or some who are looking for a great experience of thrilling adventure and enjoyable exercise, kayaking on the Nam Ou River is definitely the best way to fulfill your dream trip. Most kayaking tours will start from the Khmu village of Ban Houay Leuang, around 1.5 hours driving north of Luang Prabang town. You’ll kayak through spectacular green mountains covered with verdant jungle and traverse past the traditional...

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Based in Luang Prabang town, Big Brother Mouse (BBM) is a book publishing and literacy program that produces children's books in English and Lao to give them more chances on reading and learning. BBM makes these books accessible by encouraging travelers to purchase books and distributing them to rural Lao villages during their hikes/treks as gifts to local children. Tourists can also visit a BBM’s center where you help Laotian children and young adults practice speaking or...

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Officially opened in 2011, the Tree Top Explorer is an amazing experience blending jungle adventures with a thrilling sports vibe. Heart of the attraction is a system of zip lines starting from high platforms in the trees traversing beside steep gorges and white waterfalls. There are short cables that help you get acquainted while the longest cable is more than 400 meters with a true adventurous feel. These ziplines also lead to the base camp, basically an open-air...

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Khone Phapheng Waterfalls are a series of cascading waterfalls in the Mekong river located in the 4000 islands area - Si Phan Don, Champasak province. With a length of almost 10 kilometers, these impressive falls become the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia as well as the greatest natural attraction of Don Khon island. Characterized by myriad islands and countless waterways, Khone Phapheng is called the Pearl of the Mekong by the locals while tourists may think of Asia’s...

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Li Phi Waterfalls, also officially known as Somphamit Waterfall, is one of the two best attractions in the 4000 Islands. Similar to Khone Phapheng, this 1.5 km long flowing falls features a series of whitewater cascades and rapids located at the western coast of Don Khon, a small biking distance from Don Det. You can traverse natural trails next to Li Phi Falls with different viewpoints over the falls while enjoying the comfortable air of natural environment surrounding...

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Food tour in Luang Prabang

 Luang Prabang

Don’t leave Luang Prabang without uncovering the secrets of Laos’ flavors on a fascinating food tour. This trip is a great chance for travelers to experience both local restaurant and street food stalls that only Laotians visit to taste many local signature dishes, from the sweet coconut cake Khaonom Krok to the traditional Khao Soi noodle soup or the delicious Laos sausage Sai Oua. You can also enjoy walking through lively streets, traverse around local markets, and...

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Luang Prabang Golf Club

 Luang Prabang

If you are a golf lover, don’t miss a chance to play on Luang Prabang Golf Club, one of the best Laos golf courses. Located six kilometers to the west of the UNESCO-protected town, Luang Prabang Golf Club is an excellent golf course surrounded by tropical forest-covered mountains. It offers an easily accessible from other main tourist sites and Luang Prabang International Airport for 10 - 15 minutes driving. This 18-hole, par 72 golf course with a total length of 7443...

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Set in a beautifully serene garden surrounding, Vientiane KM6 Golf Club is an attractive 9-hole course opened in 1993. The name stems from its location at kilometer 6 along Highway 13 from the center of Vientiane that is also the reason why this course gets busy at weekends. The little course offers some challenges for golfers such as three water hazards, sand bunkers, and some trees situated in the middle of the fairways, making the rounds more exciting. Featuring full club...

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Located just outside the capital at the KM14 on the road to the Friendship Bridge, Lao Country Club is a picturesque 18 hole par 71 golf course that was recently refurbished from the original layout of Youth Garden Golf Course. Although the golf course is considered one of the shortest in Asia by today’s standards, Lao Country Club turns out an impressive course offering lovely rounds of golf. There are gently undulating fairways with only 35’ of elevation change between...

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Dansavanh Golf Club is an outstanding natural quality golf course in Laos that follows international standards with excellent entertainment facilities, restaurants, and well-maintained green fields. Situated near the southeastern shore of Nam Ngum Lake and around 60 km from Vientiane, this 18-hole par 72 golf club is a perfect getaway for all golfers. The course layout tends to be hilly in places and you will find a little tired when walking around as it measures over 7,100...

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If you travel to Vientiane for some golf rounds, do not miss one in SEA Games Golf Club, an excellent golf course 18 km from the capital center. As its name, this 27-hole par 72 course was originally built for the 25th Southeast Asian Games competition in Laos then open for the public after re-organizing the facilities. Surrounded by natural forests, SEA Games Golf Club is a new challenging course for golfers with many expansive water bodies along the fairways, tees or...

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The UXO Survivor Information Centre is run by the Quality of Life Association, a non-profit organization registered in Xieng Khouang that provides services and support for UXO survivors and people with disabilities. Through the Center, visitors will learn more about the secret war in Laos as well as the impact of UXO on Laotian people and communities until today. A small exhibition including bomb parts, various programs and harrowing stories about some of the victims who...

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MAG Visitor Center

 Xieng Khouang

Since 1994, MAG has been dealing with unexploded bombs in Laos, alleviating the suffering from UXO accidents, and helping Laotian people get back on track to a peaceful life. At Xieng Khuang’s Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Visitor Center, you will learn more about the unexploded ordnance problematic in Laos as well as UXO clearance in the province. Inside the center, you will see some examples of the unexploded ordnance, photo exhibits, small games and daily film showings...

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