Check
out this list of about 25 best things to do in Laos, a country with a
10000 years old history that narrates its evolution and transitions.
Laos can be marked as the next definite place to visit for your bucket
list since this landlocked country has a lot in its store to show you.
Waterfalls, rivers, mountains, Buddha temples,
French architecture embedded buildings magnify the already beautiful country.

To
be listed out, a visit to mount Phousi, Kuang Si waterfall, rock
climbing in Vang Vieng, biking in the mountains, white water rafting in
Nam Song River, hot air balloon ride are the best options which can make
your tour of Laos perfect. Along with the sightseeing and activities,
delving into night shopping will let you view a detailed presentation of
the Lao life clearly.

Must Do Things: Tobex Travels Recommendation

01Cycling

Cycling
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Laos
mountain biking or cycling trip is a different experience. Hire a cycle
and ride through manybeautiful local villages, which makes your trip
memorable. Set your journey to Luang Prabang.Along the way you will see
local people are producing handmade ‘Sa’ paper. Take out some times and
enjoy with various ethnic village groups and have some delicious local
foods.If you love cycling in rural areas and interact with local people,
then this trip certainly offers this possibility.

The
Laos bicycle tours are most popular among the tourists as cycling
holidays. Laos is an amazing, peaceful country, still comparatively
undamaged by western values. This journey starts from the capital city
Vientiane. This place is located on the banks of the River Mekong and
has a different elegant charm. This unique cycle journey continues
through the Mekong. You can enjoy the rural scenic beauty during the
entire journey and finally you have to back from where you’ve started.

Cycling Tour at Vientiane in Laos

Cycling Tour at Vientiane in Laos

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02Trekking

Trekking
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Laos
is popular for its trekking tour. Adventure lovers often come here to
set a trekking, climbing and rafting expedition. This experience is
unique because, this trekking activity covers a long area with forests,
rivers, mountain and many more difficulties. This journey will take five
to six days to end. A guide will be there to help you all the time. You
should carry flashlights, water bottles, foods and some other thing
which will help you throughout the journey. You can also enjoy local
foods.

 Local people are very helpful but it is
better that you should carry your necessities. Always follow the
instructions of your guide, otherwise this journey will become little
difficult for you to continue. Avoid June to September time because, in
this time you might face difficulties for rain. Carry some protections
which can help to stay away from harmful insects in the forest area
during your trekking journey.
Trekking Trip in Kuang Si near Luang Prabang

Trekking Trip in Kuang Si near Luang Prabang

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03Whiskey Village (Ban Xang Hai)

Ban
Xang Hai or Whisky Village is a tiny village located near the Mekong
River. It draws visitors with its special strong whisky produced from
rice which is sometimes fermented and sold in bottles. Lao-Lao comprises
an integral part of the Lao culture. It is used during ceremonies for
blessing and tourists are often offered a shot of firewater (or large
glass) when on a village visit. Home to only a few people, this ancient
settlement, offers the locals and the travellers’ handcrafted hooch.

Pulling
up in a boat, along a shore and sipping from bamboo straws and learning
about the whole fermentation procedure is a good idea. Visitors get the
opportunity of buying this alcoholic creation, but those preferring
water instead of whisky can watch locals weave Lao silk or go on a spree
to buy locally made paper and fabrics. The only negative aspect about
Ban Xang Hai is that jars of Lao-Lao may contain wildlife. A visit to
the Whisky Village is often followed by a trip to the Pak Ou Caves since
these two popular spots are located beside one another on Mekong River.

04Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang

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Mount
Phousi rises about 150 mtrs from the centre of Luang Prabang and is
located between the Thanon Sisavangvong and the Thanon Phousi. From the
summit, a 360-degree spectacular look of the city with River Mekong to
the north, River Khan to its south and east, with all the temples, and
surrounding landscape with the mountains has been marked favorite by
tourists. When it comes to climbing Mount Phousi there are numerous
steps. However the climb is gentle for one with reasonable health.

The
popular time for visiting Mount Phousi is in the late afternoon, to
watch the sunset over the Luang Prabang and surrounding countryside. For
a much awaited peaceful experience, the sunrise view is worth catching,
especially from the hill top. The Thanon Phousi staircase is comprising
355 steps zigzagging up till the summit, is well paved, offering
several resting spots all along. The Wat Tham Phousi shrine, featuring a
huge-bellied Buddha nestling in a grotto and reclining Buddha can be
spotted halfway up on the hill. The golden Wat Chomsi, built in 1804
sits on top of Mount Phousi.

05White Water Rafting On The Nam Song River

Laos
is popular among the adventure lovers. There are so many adventurous
options for tourists. River rafting is one of them. You can start your
rafting journey from Phatang village through the river Nam Song. First,
check and maintain your safety equipment, then start rafting. Different
type of boats and kayak are also available here. So you can also enjoy
them. Sometimes accidents also occur here during this water sport. So be
careful and have fun.

You can take help of professionals
too, if you want. Some people visit Laos only for this water sport. So
you will easily find some expert partners for rafting journey. Rafting
will be included in the package with other adventurous sports. For these
adventures Laos is an ideal holiday destination. River rafting or
kayaking will take 6-7 hours to complete the whole session. So go and
enjoy the river sport experience.

06Dolphin Viewing

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The
river Mekong, is famous for dolphin viewing. You can set your journey
through a boat, where you’ll be able to see dolphins. But it is being
hard for these dolphins to survive nowadays. Fishermen are using nets
more and more for fishing and this thing is being difficult for dolphins
to live there peacefully. These dolphins are trying to live here
peacefully but they can’t, because of some unhealthy environment.

Some
local people who collect fish try to use different kind of nets or
blasts or some other bad techniques to catch fish. So dolphins are
struggling hard to live here. As a tourist your job is not only enjoy
this beautiful view, but also help this innocent and lovely species.
This journey will take you from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. You’ll be
also able to see some dolphin activities here, which you’ll never forget
in your life.

07Take a hot air balloon ride in Vang Vieng

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Vang
Vieng is a place, where you can have all kind of fun experiences. Hot
air ballooning is one of them. This amazing balloon ride will help you
to float over Vang Vieng. These balloon pilots are internationally
trained hot air balloon pilots and they have proper experience of many
years, so you don’t have to be worried, just relax and enjoy the beauty.
This hot air balloon trip is extremely expensive ride but Vang Vieng
balloon trip is much cheaper than the other countries.

This
hot air balloon will cover almost 800 meters area. This is the easiest
way to see the beauty of the mountains & greenery of Laos. You’ll
get the opportunity to float over the river, Nam Song. This hot air
balloon experience will mesmerized your eyes. You need to spend around
75-80$ this hot air balloon ride, so don’t miss this outstanding
opportunity of Laos.

08The Gibbon Experience

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Gibbon
experience of Laos is popular for adventure lovers. This Gibbon
Experience activity was started before 2006. This assignment has a
motive to save the forest of Huay Xai. You should set this trip for 2
days at least. Here you’ll get a beautiful treehouse to stay. In this
package, there are number of trekking options, treehouse overnight stay
and zip lining. Tree houses are among the world’s tallest and set in
natural theatres with spectacular views. Here you can enjoy delicious
meals with outstanding green views.

You can easily get all
stuffs- torch, gloves, water and other essential things before you
start, from Huay Xai Gibbon Experience office. Make sure your
camera and flash light will be fully charged. This package will cost
around 190US$. You can extend this Gibbon tour if you want, because you
won’t be able to leave the green forest. Then you need to pay little
more extra.

09A Slow Boat Down The Mekong

A Slow Boat Down The Mekong
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Slow
boating is famous in Laos, which is a popular attraction of tourists.
This slow boat trip will take you to the Luang Prabang through the river
Mekong. You can book your slow boat trip through a travel agency. Slow
boat trip will take two to three days to end. This package will cost
300,000 to 350,000 kip or more. You can plan this trip with your family
and friends. This peaceful journey starts from the border area.

 In
the rainy season, this river might not be so friendly to float. So it
is better to avoid the rainy season, so you can enjoy the beautiful
green scenery of Laos. Start your journey around 11:30 in the morning.
You’ll get your snacks and meals over there. This boat journey gives you
a different feeling and you can’t forget this memory in your life. So
make a plan for slow boat tour.

 
Full Day Nam Khan Boat Trip

Full Day Nam Khan Boat Trip

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10That Luang, Vientiane

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Laos
is popular for Buddhist stupas. In the heart of Laos you will find Pha
That Luang, which is covered with gold and huge in size. Pha That Luang
was established before 5thcentury. The best time to visit the stupa in
the morning after 8am or after 1pm. Closing time of the stupa is 4pm.
You can rent the religious uniform of the stupa, if you want. This stupa
is 45meters in height and made like pyramid in pattern. To enter you
need to pay 50,000 kip.

Luang had been through a lot. So
this stupa has been reconstructed several times because of damage.
Finally, a new design and art of the stupa was created by an architect
from France in 18thcentury. Pha That Luang is so large that you need to
have lot of time in your hand to explore the whole temple. This Lao
culture will definitely impress you.

11Lao Massage

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Laos
is famous for spa and massage. This traditional treatment will help you
to take rest after your hectic journey. This massage will maintain body
pressure according to the body weight. It starts from your foot, then
covers the whole body and ends up to the head. It takes 1-2 hours, but
you can ask for some extra. Laos massage provides your body a complete
relaxation. If you have any kind of pain in your body, then the stuffs
of the spa will provide you a treatment accordingly.

During
this session, you need to wear a towel. This massage will help your
body tissues to work properly and give your mind a refreshment. Laos
massage will cost around 50,000-65,000 kip for an hour. A different type
of oil body massage is also there, which is little costly. If you want
this oil massage, then you need to pay more than 80,000 kip for an hour.

12Shopping In The Night market

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Laos
night market is the best place to shop, not because of the products but
the location and ambience of the amazing night market. This is an open
air mall located in Vientiane. Every night local people of Vientiane
sell local and traditional items here. This market is located beside of
river Mekong. So this unique shopping area is another attraction for the
tourists. Red lights and sound of Mekong makes the environment
delightful.

This market gets crowded at night and
becomes the busiest shopping area of Laos. You can easily get something
beautiful and unique to buy as a memory of Laos. The interesting part of
this riverside market is, it appears after evening time and disappears
before it gets morning light. Things are not that expensive here, so you
can buy anything for gifting purpose. So don’t miss the chance to visit
the riverside night market of Vientiane.

13Si Phan Don (4000 ISLANDS), Champasak

 The
Four Thousand Islands have three primary destinations for travellers
Don Island Khong is the greatest, yet separated from the typical
chill&look there’s nothing incredible to do there. A great many
people head to Don Det or Don Khon, where convenience is less expensive,
you can stroll to one of the huge Mekong-Falls independent from anyone
else, and biking and strolling and swimming in the stream is only the
same as in Don Khong. An excellent arrangement of islands, set against
an apathetic and twisting area of the Mekong.

Make sure to look
at the biggest waterfall in Southeast Asia, and have discussions with
the inviting local people. Outside of the visitor town, one can get a
look at nearby individuals, rice ranches and a lot of homestead
creatures, particularly cows.

Highlights – Dolphins, Tham Phu Khiaw, Tat Somphamit, Khon Phapeng Falls, Wat Phu Khao Kaew

Location – Champasak, Laos.

Opening Hours: 7:30AM–9PM

14Rock Climbing in Vang Vieng

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Rock
climbing in Laos is popular among the tourists. If you are not a
climber, so there is a good option for you, which helps you to get some
knowledge about climbing. There is a school where you can train yourself
for rock climbing. Here you’ll get many information and instruction to
climb the rocks in a day. This training costs around 250,000 kip. You
can apply for some more days as well. Your guide will give you a list
for useful things you have to carry during your climb journey.

Try
to follow all the instructions of your trainer and your guide. After
September, start your journey for Thakhek climbing. You’ll get place to
take rest when you climb the rocks of Vang Vieng. June to September is
the rainy season and won’t be that climb friendly weather. So try to
avoid this time of the year.

15Mountain Biking in Laos

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Rock
climbing in Laos is popular among the tourists. If you are not a
climber, so there is a good option for you, which helps you to get some
knowledge about climbing. There is a school where you can train yourself
for rock climbing. Here you’ll get many information and instruction to
climb the rocks in a day. This training costs around 250,000 kip.

You
can apply for some more days as well. Your guide will give you a list
for useful things you have to carry during your climb journey. Try to
follow all the instructions of your trainer and your guide. After
September, start your journey for Thakhek climbing. You’ll get place to
take rest when you climb the rocks of Vang Vieng. June to September is
the rainy season and won’t be that climb friendly weather. So try to
avoid this time of the year.

16Caving in Laos

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If
you’re a cave lover then you should go for the Laos caving experience.
Vang Vieng is the perfect option for you. This place is surrounded by
caves. Tourists love to visit Vang Vieng for cave expeditions. There are
many small unexplored caves. Guide will help you in this expedition.
You need to carry small kind of flashlights. This expedition gives a
different kind of goose bumps. The helper person will give you more
information about your expedition and also tell you to carry some useful
stuffs for your safety.

These caves are completely natural and undeveloped. Rarely there will be steps, or lights, or guiding ropes. Travel
companies won’t help you in this, so you have to arrange this all by
yourself, and for that your little extra effort will be needed. Hire a
mountain bike or a cycle and ride to these beautiful Vang Vieng caves.

17The Plain Of Jars, Xiangkhoang Plateau

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Monster
stone jugs of obscure antiquated starting point are scattered over many
square kilometers around Phonsavan, giving the territory the deceptive
name of Plain of Jars. Truth be told it’s no to a greater extent a plain
than the rice-dish valleys at Muang Sing or Luang Namtha, and surely
the vast majority of the inquisitive container destinations are on
slopes.

Be that as it may, also intriguing than the jugs
themselves is the secret of which civilisation made them. Surprisingly,
no one knows. In the mean time, a whimsical legend guarantees that they
were made to mix boundless amounts of rice wine to praise the
neighbourhood individuals’ sixth century freedom from unfeeling
overlords by the Tai-Lao saint Khun Jeuam.

Highlights
– Thong Hai Hin, Visit the MAG Information Centre opposite Craters
restaurant, Stop at the excellent Plain of Jars visitor information
centre.

Location – Laos

Entrance fee – US$ 1.30

Opening Hours – 9 am to 5 pm

18Kuang Si Waterfalls

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Kuang
Si waterfall is an amazing beauty of Laos, which will take your breath
away. This beautiful creation of nature will mesmerized you. It is
located in few kilometers away from Luang Prabang. This waterfall is
surrounded by trees which have beautiful green and yellow leaves. This
scenic beauty and the sound of the waterfall make a dramatic ambience
and a small natural pool kind of area. Visit this place early in the
morning and don’t forget to take a natural bath in this beautiful
waterfall.

You might have to pay to visit this area. The
money they collect from the tourists, use to maintain the whole area of
Kuang Si. This place is maintained nicely for visitors. People often
come here not only to enjoy the scenic beauty, but also for swimming. It
gives you a pleasant experience and relaxation after a long adventurous
journey of Laos.

19Village Safari

Village Safari
Full Day Hill Tribe Village Safari

Full Day Hill Tribe Village Safari

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20Kayaking

Kayaking
Kayaking in Nam Khan River in Laos

Kayaking in Nam Khan River in Laos

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21Other Things to Do in Laos

21. Discovering ancient Khmer temple ruins
22. Trekking the ‘100 waterfalls’
23. Touring Vieng Xai’s bomb-shelter caves
24. Visit Dong Phu Vieng National Protected Area
25. Hike the ‘100 waterfalls’
26. Ziplining through primal forest
27. Eat at Doi Ka Noi
28. Taste the fusion of cusine at The State of Pasta
29. Visit Gecko Bar & Shop
30. Elephant Village Sanctuary
31. Go on a golden Triangle Tour on motorcycle
32. Visit T’Shop Lai Gallery
33. Enjoy a Drink at Icon Klub
34. Attend Garavek Storytelling show
35. Watch a movie at Moonlight Cinema
36. Experience the culture of Laos at Lao National Culture Hall
37. Visit the Blue Lagoon
38. Discover various Buddhist Temples
39. Witness atr famous Alms Giving Ceremony
40. Take Lao cooking class
41. Visit the famous Bolaven Plateau
42. Have someone perform a “baci” ceremony for you.
43. Try Lao Omelet
44. Groove in style at Utopia
45. Enjoy yoga classes on the bank of Mekong river
46. Gawk at the Views From Viewpoint Nong Khiaw
47. Venture Through the Underground River Caves
48. Tubing in Vang Vieng
49. Rest in a hammock and let time fly by
50. Stay at a homestay in a village