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Things to see and do

The caves of Vieng Xai, Laos

Boat rides, jungle treks, a few waterfalls and the Plain of Jars; aside from these, there really aren’t that many crucial sights to see or things to do in Laos, which is precisely why so many people love it. Travel here is about interaction with people, relaxing in a bungalow, riding the local buses and slowing down the pace of life. There is, however, one fantastic tourist attraction that is ... Read more about The caves of Vieng Xai, Laos .

Nok Ann Cave
6km from Vieng Xai towards Sam Neua

Entry to the cave area costs 10,000 kip and starts with a walk across a suspension bridge which spans a small river. Heading left and up the hill you reach a large cave entrance which is the beginning of an old Vietnamese military hospital complex. Massive caverns with interconnecting passageways and staircases give a glimpse of the scale of the hospital where Vietcong soldiers came for ... Read more about Nok Ann Cave .

Noua Waterfall
7km from Sam Neua, 700m from Nok Ann Cave

This is not a must-see attraction primarily due to the difficulty in getting a good view of the falls. At the bridge on the main road is a sign indicating the existence of the falls. From here, it is several kilometres of uphill downhill trekking on dirt tracks to reach the point where you can see the waterfall. In fact, some of the paths down to the river below the waterfall are so overgrown ... Read more about Noua Waterfall .

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