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! :)
#1 johnkitchener has been a member since 19/9/2010. Posts: 7
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.
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.