Discover Majestic Laos



Vientiane           
Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated in the Mekong River. The great Laotian epic, the Phra Lak Phra Lam, claims that Prince Thattaradtha founded the city when he left the legendary Lao kingdom of Muong Inthapatha Maha Nakhone because he was denied the throne in favor of his younger brother. Vientiane is the primary driving force behind economic change, making it the economic centre of Laos. In recent years, the city has experienced rapid economic growth from foreign investment. While in Vientiane visit the Lao National Museum. Formerly the Lao Revolutionary Museum by name, and as a suggestion, should aptly be rechristened as Lao Natural, Cultural, & Political Sciences History Museum, the historical exhibits on the first floor are modest though very interesting in depicting some of the early history. They include one of the original Jars from the Plain of Jars and various stone and Bronze Age implements.



Luang Prabang 
Luang Prabang is the former capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage city. Muang Sua was the old name of Luang Prabang following its conquest in 698 A.D. by a Tai prince, Khun Lo. Khun Lo established a dynasty whose fifteen rulers reigned over an independent Muang Sua for nearly a century. Luang Prabang has both natural and historical sites. Among the natural tourism sites are the Kuang Si Falls and Pak Ou Caves. Tourists may also ride elephants. The place is also famous for the Alms ceremony where monks at dawn collecting alms of rice from kneeling villagers (and early-rising tourists). Ask your guesthouse host to assist you the day before in preparing if you'd like to get up and give alms in the morning. Please note that the alms giving ceremony is one which, while picturesque, is not without its detractors.

Bokeo    
Bokeo is a northern province of Laos. The province is rich in deposits of precious and semiprecious stones. Bokeo's provincial capital is Houayxay on the Mekong River. In 1992 Paktha and Pha Oudom Districts were reassigned from Oudomxay Province. This province is famous for Ban Nalan Trail going to Luang Namtha province.

Luang Namtha  
Luang Namtha is the largest city in Luang Nam Tha Province in Northern Laos. It is the largest settlement in North-West of Laos, North of Luang Prabang. It is a popular tourist destination, and a base for treks, biking to the surrounding hill-tribe villages.
               
Xieng Khouaung              
Xieng Khouaung is a province of Laos, located in the Xiangkhouang Plateau, north-east of the country. While the origin of the Plain of Jars` people is unknown, the recorded history of Xieng Khouang is interlinked with the Tai Phuan. They prospered from the overland trade in metals and forest products. In the mid-14th century, Muang Phuan was incorporated into the Lan Xang Kingdom under King Fa Ngum. Originally known as Muang Phouan, the famous Plain of Jars is located here. Many people talk with a slightly different accent than the usual Vientiane accent. Lum Phuan is highly popular in this region. The capital is Phonsavan.
               
H’mong village 
H’mong village is the new capital of Xieng Khouang Province, Laos. The name stands for "hills of paradise". The enigmatic Plain of Jars in Xieng Khouang makes up one of the most important sites for studying the late prehistory of mainland Southeast Asia, although little is known about the people that constructed the megalith stone jars about 2.500 years ago. Evidence of the intense fighting can be seen in the cratered landscape in in war relics such as bomb shells, tanks and military positions. The resourceful locals refashion war scrap into items for everyday use, e.g. spoons in Ban Napia village, vegetable planters, fences, tools, pumps and barbeque fireplaces.

Savannakhet     
Savannakhet is the capital of Savannakhet Province in Southern Laos and is located alongside the Mekong River. Although the old French colonial quarter of the town, along the Mekong River-front, is depressed and crumbling, the town's proximity to Thailand's booming economy has brought about new commercial development in the northern part of the town, near both the river crossing and the bus terminal. This town is home to That Ing Hang Stupa a 16th century stupa is one of the most revered in the country of Laos. Each year in December, many Buddhists travel to this holy site for the annual 'Boun Pha' ceremony. It is located 13 km north-east of Savannakhet.

Champassak      
Champassak is a province of Southern Laos. Its best known for a series of Khmer ruins, collectively named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the Champasak Cultural Landscape. The town was once the seat of the Kingdom of Champasak, an independent Lao state which was abolished by the French in 1945 when they created the Kingdom of Laos, but the last King of Champasak had his palace in Pakxe. Champasak is famous for the Wat Phu (Vat Phou). A c. 12th century Hindu temple built in the days of the Khmer Empire in the style of Angkor. The temple is still in use as a Buddhist site.

Saravan
Saravan is a province of Southern Laos. Check out its waterfalls the Tad Lo and the Tad Suong.

Si Phan Don
Si Phan Don is a group of islands in the Mekong River in Southern Laos. It is a riverine archipelago located in the Mekong River, Champasak Province in southern Laos. Si Phan Don is characterised by numerous islands, half of which are submerged when the Mekong River is in flood. The principle islands of Si Phan Don are Don Khong (the largest), and Don Det and Don Khon. This is a beautiful set of islands, set against a lazy and winding section of the Mekong. Be sure to check out the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia, and have conversations with the friendly locals.

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