Laos Country Guide

Cities & Destinations

Laos is the only landlocked country in Indochina sharing borders with Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China. Thick forests occupy much of Laos and the government has set aside 21% of the country for habitat conservation preservation. Northern Laos is mainly a mountainous region with the Mekong River entering from the north and leaving south of the country.
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Major Cities & Towns
  • Vientiane - Sleepy and laid back capital of Laos, situated on the bank of the Mekong River.
  • Huay Xai - Town in the north, situated on the Mekong and the border with Thailand.
  • Luang Namtha - Capital of Luang Namtha province, known for hill tribe trekking.
  • Luang Prabang - UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its numerous temples.
  • Muang Xay - Also known as Oudomxay, the capital of the multiethnic province of Oudomxay.
  • Pakbeng - Halfway point on the overnight slow boat between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang.
  • Pakse - Gateway to the Wat Phu ruins and the Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don).
  • Savannakhet - Located south on the Mekong, connected by bridge to Mukdahan in Thailand.
  • Tha Khaek - Popular base for exploring the Phou Hin Boun National Park.

Savannakhet by Adam Carr

Other Destinations

  • Tha Khaek - Popular base for exploring Phou Hin Boun National Park.
  • Ban Nalan Trail - A two-day ecotourism trekking trip in Northern Laos.
  • Champasak - Location of Wat Phu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Angkor-style temples.
  • Nong Khiaw — Beautiful Karst cliffs where you can discover hill tribe villages.
  • Plain of Jars - Near Phonsavan and location of Iron Age cemetery sites.
  • Si Phan Don - Also known as Four Thousand Islands", nestled within the Mekong.
  • Vang Vieng - Popular backpacker destination for exploring limestone caves.
  • Vieng Xai - Remote cultural oasis and symbolic cradle of Marxism in Laos.

Saffron-robed Buddhist monks by Benh LIEU SONG

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