Laos – Top Things To See

Royal Palace, Luang Prabang

The Royal Palace is situated in the centre of Luang Prabang and was built in 1904 during the French colonial era. After the monarchy were overthrown in the 1970's the palace was the converted into a national museum.

Phu Si, Luang Prabang

Phu Si is a hill in Luang Prabang. Don't say it out loud too much! Climb up the many steps to be rewarded by a golden stupa and brilliant views of the town below and the Mekong. It's particularly great at sunset. It is also home to what is apparently Buddha's footprint.

Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong is a Buddhist temple complex in Luang Prabang with lots of different structures to muse over on a sunny day. One of the features includes an impressive ceremonial barge.

Pha That Luang, Vientiane

Another large golden stupa is Pha That Luang in Vientiane this is also surrounded by accompanying temples and buildings. It's quite a walk from the town but worth it when you get there. This is considered to be the most important monument in Laos.

Patuxai, Vientiane

Laos answer to Paris's Arc de Triomphe, Patuxai stands as an island in the middle of a road just like its counterpart. It is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe but does have its own unique Laos design. Climb to the top and see the fountains at the best of the monument and there is also a souvenir shop inside.