Wat Si Saket located in Vientiane is famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images and rows with hundreds of seated Buddhas. These images mainly date from the 16th and 19th centuries and come in all sizes and are made from wood, stone and bronze – more than 6,800 Buddhas in total.
Every evening this market assembles along Th Sisavangvong and is one of Luang Prabang’s biggest tourist lures. Low-lit and quiet, it’s devoid of hard selling with myriad traders hawking silk scarves and wall hangings, plus Hmong appliqué blankets, T-shirts, clothing, shoes, paper, silver, bags, ceramics, bamboo lamps and more.
Tad Fane Waterfall
The impressive Tad Fane twin falls thunder over 100 metres down the steep cliffs into a gorge, located a few kilometres west of Paksong Town, Champasak Province. The scenic rainforest spot is part of a big national park where wild animals live, including leopards, tigers, elephants and monkeys. Hornbills are among the 300 bird species found in this area.
To anyone that has been to Laos, you will undoubtedly hear story after story of how they floated down the river with a beer in hand. Tubing is hugely popular among tourists in Laos, however the danger should not be ignored as a number of people die every year from drinking too much and drowning. The Mekong river is perfect for tubing and there are many bars that coat the river, allowing you to pick up a drink as you float along. You can also take a cruise along the Mekong river, which can last a couple of days, but personally I would prefer the tubing.
This three-day experience is one of Laos’ most unforgettable adventures. Imagine a series of navigable ‘ziplines’ criss-crossing the canopy of some of Laos’ most pristine forest – home to tigers, clouded leopards, black bears and the black-crested gibbon – giving you the chance to play Tarzan swinging high across valleys, and living two nights in soaring tree houses.
For anyone else obsessed with animals, riding an elephant will be on any bucket list when considering Asia as a destination. The Plateau is astounding and will offer some great holiday snaps, while riding an elephant is a personal highlight.
Green Discovery’s signature tour is the Tree Top Explorer adventure in Dong Hua Sao NPA near Paksong on the Bolaven Plateau. It consists of two or three days’ ziplining, canopy walks and jungle trekking. Accommodation is in eco-friendly huts set high up above the forest floor. There’s lots more on offer in the region – check the website.
This hill does not require a disturbing amount of walking, making it possible for anyone (within limit) to gain a great view of the unbeatable Laos sunset. As to be expected, there is a temple at the top of the hill, while you should give yourself plenty of time so you have a great view of sunset when it happens.
Kayaking or white water rafting on this list (or both in this case) and there is no better place for kayaking than the Nam Song River. Located in Vang Vieng, the view will look like something out of a postcard.