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  • 1. Night Market


    The night market is a hub of activity, full of colorful local souvenirs and cheap, delicious food, and a meeting place for locals and tourists...Read More

  • 2. Pha That Luang


    The city's most sacred monument, this massive, 147-foot-high, gold-painted stupa is also the nation's most important cultural symbol, representing...Read More

  • 3. Wat Phu

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple sits grandly on heights above the Mekong River, about 8 km (5 miles) south of Champasak, looking back on a centuries-old history...Read More

  • 4. Ban Muang Ngoi


    The village, populated by Lao Lum and surrounded by unusual limestone peaks, has become a popular traveler hangout, with friendly locals, gorgeous...Read More

  • 5. Dinosaur Museum


    One of Savannakhet's curiosities is this dinosaur museum that displays fossils discovered in the area. ...Read More

  • 6. Don Daeng Island


    In the middle of the Mekong opposite Wat Phu, this island is a fantastic escape. Nine km (5½ miles) long, Dong Daeng has gorgeous views of the...Read More

  • 7. Don Khon Island


    You can hike or bicycle to the beautiful Liphi waterfall on the island of Don Khon, though an even more stunning one, Khone Phapheng, is just...Read More

  • 8. Don Khong Island


    The largest island in the area, Don Khong is inhabited by a community of fisherfolk living in small villages amid ancient Buddhist temples....Read More

  • 9. Historical Heritage Museum


    Pakse's history museum displays stonework from the famous Wat Phu in Champasak, handicrafts from the Bolaven Plateau ethnic groups, and locally...Read More

  • 10. Ho Phra Keo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    There's a good reason why Ho Phra Keo, one of the city's oldest and most impressive temples, has a name so similar to the wat in Bangkok's Grand...Read More

  • 11. Inpeng Cultural and Entertainment Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    This large park near the river has waterslides, beer gardens, restaurants, and plenty of family fun, plus a model village of miniature Lao houses...Read More

  • 12. Irrawaddy dolphins

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Downstream from Don Khon, at the border between Laos and Cambodia, freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins frolic in a protected area of the Mekong. Boat...Read More

  • 13. L'etranger Books and Tea


    From 7 am until 10 pm, patrons of this bookstore and hangout sip tea, coffee, and smoothies or nibble on snacks while reclining on comfortable...Read More

  • 14. Lao National Museum


    A two-story French colonial building houses this well-laid-out museum with interesting geological and historical displays. Exhibits touch on...Read More

  • 15. Muang Sing


    In the late 19th century this mountain-ringed town on the Sing Mountain River was the seat of a Tai Lue prince, Chao Fa Silino. Muang Sing lost...Read More

  • 16. Nam Ha Ecotourism


    This ecotourism program, a model for Southeast Asia, actively encourages the involvement of local communities in the development and management...Read More

  • 17. Nam Ngum Lake

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Forested mountains surround this island-dotted reservoir lake that's accessible by car from Vientiane. Floating restaurants here serve freshly...Read More

  • 18. Nam Phu Square


    The main square in Vientiane's tourist area, this used to reflect more emphatically the city's French colonial influence, reinforced further...Read More

  • 19. Pak Ou Caves


    In high limestone cliffs above the Mekong River, at the point where it meets the Nam Ou River from northern Laos, lie two sacred caves filled...Read More

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  • 20. Pakxan and Nearby


    A Mekong River port and former French colonial outpost, this town 150 km (93 miles) south of Vientiane is now the center of the Lao Christian...Read More

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