Caves and Waterfalls
Within the rural regions outside of Luang Prabang, you’ll find some bucolic sights to enjoy. The countryside is characterised by the bright green hues of paddy fields. Get up close to the rice-producing plants to learn about Laos’ staple food including the indispensable use of the water buffalo.
The impressive Kuang Si Falls gushes through the jungle to fan out over boulders into natural turquoise pools. This is a lovely, tranquil spot for a refreshing swim and picnic. At the Pak Ou caves, discover caverns within the limestone cliffs stuffed with numerous-sized buddhas which look out onto the Nam Ou River.
Hill Tribes and Muangla
Spend time in remote and picturesque Muang La, approximately five hours north of Luang Prabang. At a peaceful eco lodge, soak up views of the Nam La River and a glorious patchwork of green rice fields and palm trees. Here you can head out on foot or bike to discover small villages built into the terraces of the hillside. Learn about local traditions including how houses are constructed and why wise elders are respected.
Experience Laotian customs with a family-hosted lunch accompanied by homemade rice wine, cross a river by bamboo raft and see how intricate weaving creates silk sarongs. You should also take time to relax in the rejuvenating environment. The lodge offers massages and there’s a nearby hot spring.
For something different, travel back to Luang Prabang by boat on the River Nam Ou, one of the most beautiful river journeys in South East Asia. Peacefully drift downstream, surrounded by magnificent limestone cliffs with small villages nestled at their base.
You’ll see local villages laden with bamboo and at times the view will stretch out across the river to nearby mountains. Stop for a secluded picnic on a riverside beach and revel in your rural location, miles from any other tourists. Come home filled with reflections of a Laos that few people experience.
Laos Hot Destination 2020
Landlocked Laos is a natural bedfellow of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam as part of a South East Asian tour but we feel that Laos is very much a destination in its own right.
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