If you have 7 days to travel to the country of The land of Million Elephants, where will you go and what will you do?
1. Luang Prabang
You should start your journey in Luang Prabang - the most popular tourist city in Laos. Served as the former capital of Laos, Luang Prabang is recodnized as world heritage by the UNESCO. The beautiful city is shyly situated in the valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers in the lush green of the forest, unhurried and casual lifestyle of Buddhism. With many modern resorts, Luang Prabang is also a good place for Laos family holidays.
2. Mekong River
The Mekong River, about 4.350km length, is the largest river in Southeast Asia, originates from China and flows through 5 countries in the region including Laos. If you travel to Laos in the dry season,you can cruise down the Mekong to admire the beautiful natural landscape on two banks from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. In addition, visitors can also go further to enjoy the river through dense forest. Enjoy the Mekong River, the impressive tourist site that can not be missed, is one of the exciting experiences.
3. Pak Ou Caves
Pak Ou Caves, located near the center of Luang Prabang, is not only a unique tourist destination, but also owns precious spiritual and historical values. Pak Ou Caves means caves at the Ou estuary. However the locals also call it Tam Ting cave, which means cave of a thousand Buddhas. In the caves, with thousands of Buddha statues in various sizes from a size hands until nearly the size of a person. Most are carved from wood, painted red or black, then covered with gold leaves. Also there are some images made from animal horn, pottery ...
4. Kuang Si Waterfall
Kuang Si Waterfall is a complex consisting of 3 falls, 30 km from ancient town of Luang Prabang. This is the favourite sites of many tourists travelling to Laos. The main waterfall is about 60 meters high, falling down forming small lakes, like the natural turquoise pool. You can enjoy swimming. Previously, this place is free of charge, but then fare is collected to fund maintenance and conservation. Here there is also a bear sanctuary with rare alive bears.
5. Plain of Jars
Scattered along the Muong Phoun plateau, the Plain of Jars in the town of Phonsavan, Xieng Khuang province remains a challenge for domestic and international archaeologists. A wide range of questions are asked: how did people create the jars which are from 1,500 to 2,000 years old? How long they were there? What was the purpose to create them? And why only 1 place in the world – Xieng Khoang?The mystery around this mystic place has made it a destination not to be missed for travelers to Laos.
6. Vang Vieng
This is a small town located along the Nam Song River, considered to be "paradise of discovery" for those who love to conquer rapids in the world. At this place you should rent a bike and take a tour of the ancient caves, ancient villages and learn the culture of the people here. Also, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the sunset and sunrise on the Nam Song River, the beautiful scene has made Vang Vieng an ideal destination for young backpacker loving peace andtranquility in Laos.
7. Nam Song River
Song Nam Song river is regarded as "savior" for Vang Vieng and Laos literally and figuratively. This river connecting Nam Ngum hydropower plant supplies electricity for Laos and even Thailand. Besides the contribution to hydropower, the river is also an attractive destination for tourists in their Laos travel packages with activities including water sports such as kayaking. In addition, this river is also one of the best places to watch the sunset and experience life in rural areas of Laos.
Lao kingdom’s capital with unique charming historic sites is very attractive to foreign tourist. Vientiane was once French colony, so you will accidentally come across many French buildings, in contrast to the ancient Buddhist temples while wandering on the street. If you are travelling in low budget, it will not be difficult for you to find accommodation or restaurants with very affordable prices in Vientiane. In addition, although being commercial and political center of a country, but this city is not too commercialized and extremely pleasant atmosphere.
9. Wat Sisaket
Located on Sethathirath, near Lane Xang Avenue, Wat Si Saket temple has been kept intact since the construction in 1818 by the king Chao Anou according Siamese Buddhist architecture. Wat Si Saket impressed by the corridor walls decorated with over 2,000 Buddha images of bronze, precious wood, ceramics, silver and gold plated. The number of Buddha statues at the temple is up to 6,840 with rare small and big ones in total.
10. Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang is the name of a massive gilded stupa in beautiful Vientiane, an important monument and also great pride for the people of "the Land of Million elephants ".
Built on an old Khmer temple of the 16th century, this great tower temple, despite historical ups and downs, still keepsit’s the diversified beauty as well as always shines to cling travelers’ foot.
• For travel agent: Laos local tour operator