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Cultural Attractions

The key attraction of Laos is undoubtedly its status as the least Westernised and thereby the most authentic of all Indochinese nations. How much longer this will last is open to much speculation but while it does, Laos is a truly special and unique country to visit. In this most Buddhist of nations, it is no surprise that the country's way of life and temples are the key attractions. 
 
 
 
 
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The whole of the ancient capital of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Befitting that status, this is a truly unique city. Beautifully preserved gilded temples with their attendant orange-robed monks mold almost seamlessly with traditional wooden Lao houses and grand properties from the French colonial era. Spotlessly clean streets with a thriving cafe culture on the banks of the Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers, complete the picture of a city which is almost too pleasant to be true.

Monks in Luang Prabang by Burmesedays

The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape dating from the Iron Age. Thousands of stone jars are scattered over a large area of the low foothills near Phonsavan. The main archaeological theory is that the jars formed part of Iron Age burial rituals in the area, but this is by no means proven and a great deal of mystery remains. The area suffered tragic damage from American bombings during the secret war of the 1960s and many unexploded bombs remain. When that process is complete it is very likely this will be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Plain of Jars by Burmesedays

Wat Phu is a ruined Hindu Khmer temple complex located at the base of Mount Phu Kao in Champasak province. The temple dates back from the 12th century and visitors who have been to Angkor Wat will notice their similarities. Wat Phu was once associated with the ancient city of Shrestapura, located on the bank of the Mekong River. Like most temples built during the Khmer period, Wat Phou faces eastward. Wat Phu later became a Theravada Buddhist temple and worshippers still come here today.

 
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Champasak
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