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Top 5 Must See Attractions on Laos Tours

By Andrew Mulvaney

If you are looking forward to an adventure of a lifetime, make sure you include Laos tours on your bucket list. This breathtaking country is actually one of the most exotic destinations in the world and still remains fairly underrated.

With Buddhist temples, heritage sites and other key attractions, Laos tours can give you a sense of travelling back in time as you take an unforgettable cultural roller-coaster ride. Here are some of the must-see destinations that you should include in your itinerary when planning Laos tours with friends and family:

Luang Prabang
In the northern regions of the country you can find the ancient city of Luang Prabang, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1995. This tiny town, which is situated 700 meters above sea level and is surrounded by magnificent mountains, is considered by many as the very heart of the Laotian culture. Luang Prabang features 33 Wats or temples, making it the country's centre of Buddhist learning and an ideal place for anyone seeking spiritual contemplation. If you are looking for some real outdoor adventure, look forward to a day of fun and frolic under the cascading waterfalls, scale the mountain peaks, or even sail across the milky brown water of the famous Mekong River.

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Former Royal Palace in Luang Prabang by dalbera

That Luang
Also referred to as the Great Stupa, That Luang, which is situated in Vientiane is considered as a national symbol. In fact, its image is featured in the official seal of Laos and it is regarded as the most sacred and highly revered monument in the country. The outside walls of That Luan depict a fortress, which protects two temples in its main stupa.

Influenced by strong Buddhist belief, you need to see this monument firsthand to truly appreciate the stunning architecture that beautifully showcases Lao style and influence. Among the memorable highlights include red lacquered doors that are finely gilded, Buddha images, and intricately crafted images of animals and flowers.

Pha That Luang by Tevaprapas Makklay

Vang Vieng
Laos tours will not be complete without a visit to the world renowned Vang Vieng. This place is often described as a little piece of heaven here on Earth. It is ensconced amid stunning limestone cliffs, rivers and mountains, giving you a truly dramatic view of the town in vivid colour.

Wat Sisaket
This is another popular destination located in Vientiane, which is famous for its impressive collection of tiny images of Buddha and the breathtaking sight of long rows of seated forms of Buddha, which date as far back as the 16th and 19th centuries. Featured in various sizes and made with different materials - wood, bronze and stone -- there is a recorded total of 6, 800 Buddhas in this particular site.

Tad Fane Waterfall
Considered one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the entire Southeast Asia region, the Tad Fane is truly a majestic sight to behold. The area is surrounded by fertile plains that produce the best coffee and tea products in the country. Coffee is the primary agricultural export of the country, so it is highly recommended that you make it a point to sample some - and even buy some to take back home. This area also offers numerous opportunities for day trips and trekking.

Andrew Mulvaney works for Tucan Travel, an award-winning provider of high-quality Laos tours and other adventure tours to destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Laos tours from Tucan Travel take you out of your comfort zone and immerse you in a thrilling, faraway land.

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