Laos Tourist Attractions

Laos Tourist Attractions

Asia Tourism – Laos is well known as cultural heritage in the form of hundreds of temples and become tourist attractions for local and foreign tourists. For those of you who want to travel to this country, here’s the list of Laos Tourist Attraction.

Tourism Profile

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Laos is the poorest country in East Asia that is also one of the communist countries. In the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union, Laos began to open up to the outside world. Unfortunately, despite economic reform, Laos remains a poor country and dependent on aid from other countries. Most residents in this country live in rural areas that mostly work as a farmer. By 2025, the government anticipates that hydropower in this country will be the largest source of income. However, some countries around Laos today such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand have raised concerns about the environmental impact of dam projects along the Mekong River.

Natural attraction

Laos is provides some of natural attractions that can be your choices destinations. There are two destination that you can visit in this one of southeast asia most exotic country.

Phu Chi Fa

Phu Chi Fa is one of the most famous place in Laos and Thailand becausethis tourism destinations is a mountain and forest border national park between that 2 southeast asia countries. Tourists visit this place at dawn to see the sea of mist covering the surrounding mountains. With altitudes ranging from 1200 to 1600 meters, the temperature at the Phu Chi Fa tourist site averages around 20 ° C and has three seasons, namely heat, rain, and cold that are affected by tropical monsoon winds.

Bolaven Plateau

Bolaven Plateau is a plateau area between the Annamite Mountains, the border between Laos and Vietnam. This high altitude ranges from 1,000 to 1,350 meters above sea level. The plateau is crossed by several rivers and has many beautiful waterfalls. The name Bolaven comes from Laven who is an ethnic group that has historically dominated the region. Baloven Plateau has become a tourist destination because it has many countless waterfalls. Tad Lo Waterfall is the most popular waterfall in Bolaven Plateau. Plants that grow around it make Tad Lo waterfall to be popular even though this waterfall only has a height of several meters. In addition there is a waterfall Taat Fang which has a height of 120 meters and make it the highest waterfall in Laos.

Heritage Sites

There are a lot of heritage sites in Laos, especially for buddhist, so if you are hindu and have a chance to visit this country. Here’s the tamples that you should visit.

Vat Phou

This place is one of the best tourist attractions in Laos in the form of Khmer Hindu temple complex. It is in Phu Kao Mountain, more than 5 miles from the Mekong River in Champasak province. Originally here there are temples dating from the 5th century, but now there are only temple structures from the 11th century to the 13th century. This temple has a unique structure and become the center of Theravada Buddhist worship up to the moment. Vat Phou has been nominated as the World Heritage Site in 2001. It’s not surprising that Vat Phou is the primary tourist attraction of Laos.

Wat Xieng Thong

This place is a Buddhist temple located on the northern tip of the Luang Phrabang peninsula, Laos. This place is sacred and a key architecture that symbolize art and religion. Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1559 by King Setthathirath in close proximity to the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The building of Wat Xieng Thong has carved wooden doors and golden depiction that illustrates scenes from the life of Buddha. In the 1950s until the 1960s massive repairs were made for the damaged temples.

Getaway Destinations

In Laos, there are many places which are waiting for you. Here’s two of places that you should visit when you are in Laos. Let’s check it out!

Buddha Park

The Buddhist Garden is known as Xieng Khuan’s sculpture park located 25 km southeast of the city of Vientiane, Laos. This park is usually referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan, thanks to its elements of various religions even though it is not temple complex. Buddha Park has more than 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues to make this park a tourist destination. The statues here look like 17th-18th century sculptures, actually not. It is estimated that Buddha Park also statues in it were made in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat.

Phou Si

This one is a hill that situated near the old town of Luang Prabang, Laos. Phou Si Hill is between the Mekong River and the Khan Nam River. This hill is a religious house for local people and has several Buddhist temples. On the way, if facing the Nam Khan river there is Wat Tham Phou Si. At the top of the hill, you can take a look at the whole city. You can see Wat Chom Si, that is a Buddhist temple and a tourist attraction from the city of Luang Prabang.

Typical Food

I know that coming to a country without tasting its culinary isn’t the essence of traveling. So, while you’re here, you should try various Laotian traditional cuisine.

Khao Niaw

Khao niaw is typical food in Laos that you should try while you’re here. This food is almost similar to the typical food of Bangkok that is sticky mango. The taste of this food is sour, sweet and savory. It’s not surprising that people mention that Khao Niaw is adictive.

Larb

Larb is a typical food Laos made from meat minced. You can choose the meat you want; such as chicken meat, duck meat, beef or pork. Most of these foods are very spicy, because it uses much chili, but if you do not like spicy. You can ask for a not so spicy larb. The flavor of the larb itself is a spicy acid that makes it feel fresh on the tongue. The price is a bit expensive because it uses a lot of meat. For one serving can be about 3000 to 4000 kip.

Stir-fried Vegetables

This type of food is very easy to find in all corners of Laos. This food contains many vegetables, which usually combine with the meat. The unique of this food is, the contents of the vegetables, because usually every place will be different. Prices for Stir-fried vegetables range from 15000-25000 kip

That is all about Laos tourist attraction. Hope this can help you when you want to go to Laos someday.