10 DAYS IN LAOS: A HIDDEN NATURAL WONDER

“TRAVEL IS THE ONLY THING YOU BUY THAT MAKES YOU RICHER”

Laos is the only land-locked country in SouthEast Asia and has only recently allowed foreigners to travel into it’s beautiful untouched nature and to experience their traditional lifestyle. The locals are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet and I guarantee you will be blown away by how wonderful this country is.

On my first visit to Laos, I was enthralled by its natural wonder. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a nature nut, you will fall in love. It retains so much simplicity and tradition in comparison to other Asian countries and appears so untouched by the western world – making it a rare and beautiful experience.


PAKBENG

One of the most authentic ways to travel through Laos is down the Mekong Delta by boat. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and you have the opportunity to experience traditional village life.

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We stopped in the little riverside village PakBeng for one night on our way through to Luang Prabang. We stayed in a local guesthouse and it was great to experience rural Laos living for a night. The village locals were delightful, the food was delicious and the views were spectacular!

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MEKONG DELTA

Before arriving in Luang Prabang we stopped at the Pak Ou Caves along the Mekong Delta. These incredible caves are carved into the limestone cliff.

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We visited the Tam Ting Cave and our local tour guide took us ashore and explained that this cave has specifically been used for centuries as a resting place for over 4000 images of Buddha!

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LUNANG PRABANG

Luang Prabang was definitely a favourite spot for me. This colourful little town has lots of character with old decorated temples, royal buildings and natural beauty.

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Wat Xiang Thong, The Royal Palace and the night markets are the usual spots travelers will visit, but I encourage you to get out and visit the Kuang Si Falls for a swim and a spot of hiking. It is also the home to the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Center.

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I also took part in a famous Laotian ritual ; offering alms (food) to Buddhist Monks. 

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VANG VIENG

The drive between Luang Prabang and and Vang Vieng is a very scenic one. The spectacular drive winds down to the riverside dwelling and is an area known for its spectacular rock formations.

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Once in Vang Vieng, you’ll see for yourself why it is known for its stunning landscape. It’s the perfect place for nature lovers and adventurers with limitless options for activities. I opted for a caving and kayaking which I highly recommend. Hiring pushbikes and getting a little lost is a sure way to uncover secluded swimming holes and other natural beauties without having to go too far.

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VIENTIANE

A trip to Laos wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Vientianethe capital city of Laos. It is the home of the iconic Pha That Luang and Patuxai which are both are both incredible to see.

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A visit to COPE is a must. This charity project helps victims of UXO (unexploded ordiance) use their new prosthetic limbs and train in new work skills. Here you will learn about Laos’ struggles as one of the world’s most bombed nations and what COPE is doing to help those in need – a real eye opening experience!

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Although 10 days is just a little taste of what Laos has to offer, it’s still ample time to experience the incredible culture, marvel at the picturesque landscape and create unforgettable memories to share with friends and family back home.

Be sure to follow my adventures on Instagram & Twitter!

31 Comments Add yours

  1. OneBusyMama says:

    As usual….love your photos!! You always make me jealous and desperate to travel there….like right now! The waterfall looks spectacular! I think this made my list of must go places! 😃 thanks for another great post!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 The Kuang Si Waterfall was spectacular! I recommend it to everyone that asks about Laos. It truly is an incredible country – I hope you get there one day! 🙂

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  2. Glady says:

    beautiful waterfalls 🙂

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  3. Raj says:

    Wow! great travel blog… love the pictures!!!

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  4. Cecilia says:

    Beautiful photos of one of my favorite countries in the world! I see I misjudged Vientiane and missed some highlights there myself. Happy travels!

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    1. Thank you Cecilia! I know I would love to go back. I’m sure there’s much I missed out on as well. Happy travels 🙂

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  5. schikimikki says:

    Wonderful blog post, you’ve definitely moved Laos up higher on my mental list of places to go (I want to go everywhere lol…)! xx

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    1. It doesn’t make it easier does it! The more you see, the more you want to experience. I’m sure you’ll make it one day 🙂 Laos is a good option when time and money may be a little tight! All the best!

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  6. Stephen Jaye says:

    This looks amazing! What would you say are the defining characteristics of the village culture?

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    1. The people of Laos are very loving and peaceful. Family and friendship are the very heart of Laos people. A defining characteristic is most definitely the respect they have for each other and the love they share with everyone. Their hearts are so full and they are some on the kindest people I have had the privilege of meeting. When visiting Laos you’ll fall in love with the people as much as the sites you visit and experiences you have 🙂

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  7. Meg says:

    The Kuang Si Falls look like an amazing place to swim! Great post 🙂

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    1. They are stunning, Meg! Thank you 🙂

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  9. Lovely photos! I’ve got Laos on my list for a South East Asia trip but I didn’t realise there was quite so much to see! Thanks for sharing 😊

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    1. You’re welcome Becky 🙂 Hope you get a chance to experience Laos soon!

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  10. Cassie a great post. Great photos, the light in some of them is beautiful. Laos is definitely on our list. I think I will Pin this on Pinterest so I don’t forget for reference. Louise

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    1. Oh thank you Louise! Hope you make it to Laos soon 🙂

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  11. Tobias Mann says:

    “in comparison to other Asian countries and appears so untouched by the western world.” For me, this makes Laos an attractive place to visit. Great post and beautiful photos.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  12. A great account with stunning photos.

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  13. You’ve hit on some of my favourite spots too. I loved Laos. Great post!

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  14. karenforyou says:

    Hey great post! If you have another opportunity to visit Laos, definitely check out Wat Phu in Champasak these ruins are truly beautiful! Also, thanks for the reminded I need to go back (my parents are from here and I haven’t been since I was rather young).

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation Karen! I hope you get to visit Laos again soon 🙂

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  15. The caves and falls look spectacular. Makes me want to explore it and seim in the water.

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    1. So tranquil! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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