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Top natural beauty places/sites in Laos?

Posted by johnkitchener on 27/9/2010 at 12:35

Hey everyone! We're looking at exploring Laos with a real emphasis on culture and especially natural beauty. Im talking caves, lookouts, mountains, lagoons, flora and fauna, rivers ....etc. So if anyone has any suggestions, id love to hear them :)

also any adventure or hard trekking is a bonus :)

Thanks in advance! :)

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Posted by Rufus on 28/9/2010 at 15:08

Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Plain of Jars, Champassak, Attapeu. Many other places as well.

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Posted by tinoh on 28/9/2010 at 15:20

Do the bolaven tour from Pakse. We did it by motorbike and loved it. Check out:

On the travel info page there is also a page about extreme trekking.

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Posted by caseyprich on 28/9/2010 at 15:26

Having only been to the north I can highly recommend Luang Prabang for both beauty and culture - some nice waterfalls around the area for day trips, plenty to see around the city.

I also think that Nong Kiaow is a very pretty spot to stay for a night. There is some really pretty scenery between there and Sam Neua . If you want to do the cultural experience of Phonsavan (Plain of Jars - I don't think there is much scenery in the area but the history is spectacular - you can read my review of the place) you could go from LP to Phonsoavan, then loop up to Sam Neua for a night or two - interesting caves around there - and then swing through the countryside to Nong Kiaow on your way back to LP. That's the loop I took and I very much enjoyed it. Could probably be done in a week and a 1/2 easily if you stick to a night or two per main stop.

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 28/9/2010 at 16:18 TF writer

Get yourself to Luang Prabang then start heading North along the river -- Nong Kiaow, Muang Ngoi, Sam Neua and onward. The further you get from Luang Prabang, the more authentic your trekking and village-visit experiences will be.

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