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  • 1. Laos Buffalo Dairy

    Opened by a group of expats who complained that the cost of cheese in Luang Prabang was too high, this full-fledged water buffalo farm started...Read More

  • 2. Night Market

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

  • 3. 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 the unity of the Lao people....Read More

  • 4. Wat Phou

    The ruins of this temple complex that predates Cambodia's Angkor Wat sit grandly on heights above the Mekong River, about 8 km (5 miles) south...Read More

  • 5. Wat Phou Salao

    Across the river on the way to Champasak, this hilltop temple was built in 2011 and has an impressive "Big Buddha" statue that dominates the...Read More

  • 6. Wat Xieng Thong

    Luang Prabang's most important and impressive temple complex is Wat Xieng Thong, a collection of ancient buildings near the tip of the peninsula where the...Read More

  • 7. 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 scenery, and plenty...Read More

  • 8. Bolaven Plateau Loop

    Travel around the Bolaven Plateau is unique in Laos due to its high altitude and cooler climate, and the sights focus primarily on waterfalls and...Read More

  • 9. Buddha Park (Xieng Khouan)

    The bizarre creation of an ecumenical monk, Luang Pou Bounleua Soulilat, who dreamed of a world religion embracing all faiths, this park is "peopled" by...Read More

  • 10. Dinosaur Museum

    Dinosaur fossils were discovered in one of the villages around here, back in the 1930s and this museum pays tribute; however, the signs are not...Read More

  • 11. Don Daeng Island

    In the middle of the Mekong, opposite Wat Phou, this 9-km (5½-miles) long island has gorgeous views of the river and surrounding countryside. An ecotourism...Read More

  • 12. 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...Read More

  • 13. Don Khong Island

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

  • 14. Historical Heritage Museum

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

  • 15. Ho Phra Keo

    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...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Lao National Museum

    Recently relocated to the outskirts of the city, this building aims to outline the "official" version of Lao history with some interesting geological and historical...Read More

  • 18. 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...Read More

  • 19. Nam Ha Ecotourism

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

  • 20. 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

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