Ruled by the Mekong, one of the world’s mightiest rivers, Laos today can still boast a wealth of natural wonders: uncharted rivers, unclimbed mountains, untouched forests inhabited by mysterious creatures.


“Laos is a last hideout for some of Asia’s big wild animals. Home to dozens of indigenous tribes and cultures, and keeper of a Buddhist tradition long lost elsewhere. 

So in the very heart of crowded and buzzing Indochina, there is a wonderland still on the brink of its first discovery.”


No matter where you go in this mountainous country of high rainfall, you’re likely to encounter water splashing over rocks and pouring down plateaux in impressive fashion. And so often those waters are the freshest of blues or the crystal greens of jade or emerald. Stand and gaze from afar or jump right in. #refreshinglaos


Some of the most extensive limestone cave systems in Asia can be found in Laos. One of the most spectacular is the Konglor Cave in central Laos’ Khammouane Province. There is a river flowing all the way through this huge 7,5 kilometers long cave and you can ride a small boat through it.

The limestone forest in Khammouane has the highest concentrations of caves in Laos, and in, Tham Pa Fa Cave, 229 Buddha images were discovered in 2004. If you want to explore off-the-beaten path caves, the Pha Laem trek near Thakhaek (Khammouane Province) is a good option.

Vientiane Province, just north of Vientiane Capital is also well-known for karst mountains and caves. In Luang Namtha‘s Vieng Phoukha, visit easily accessible but little known Phou Prasat or Tham Kao Rao Cave. The most famous caves in Laos are way up in Houaphanh Province’s Vieng Xay district. These fortress-like caves served as a base for the Lao Revolutionary Forces during the Second Indochina War. Other notable caves are the Tham Pa Cave in Xieng Khouang Province and Tham Ting Cave in Luang Prabang Province

Mekong Moments

Aaah… The magical Mekong… An artery of life curving its way across the Lao landscape and psyche.

No visit to SE Asia is complete without viewing the sun set across those golden waters.


The Bolaven Plateau

The Bolaven Plateau is an elevated region in southern Laos, mostly located within Champasak Province.

It is filled with cultural and geographical areas of interest; whether it is a boat trip to one of the waterfalls that occupy the region, a tour of the area’s coffee plantations, an elephant day trek, or visiting one of the villages of the ethnic minorities, a journey to the Plateau has many opportunities for tourists.

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