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Travelers come to Laos to experience the rolling mountains, remote villages, tribal crafts and the magic of the Mekong.

They leave with so much more: irreplaceable memories of smiling locals, saffron-robed monks receiving alms and markets brimming with fresh produce. For those searching for authentic Asia , Laos doesn’t disappoint.

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Best time to visit laos.

Laos is a great place to visit at any time of the year as the weather doesn't vary much – it’s always hot and humid! The coolest time to visit is from November to January. This is also the driest time, and the main festival period, so it’s an interesting time to travel through Laos. The wet season runs from June to October. It rains frequently during this time, temperatures average over 85 degrees Fahrenheit and although some roads may be closed due to flooding, it is a great time for river travel. February to May is drier but hot, with temperatures climbing over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Culture and customs

The population of Laos is made up of more than 100 different ethnic groups, with each having their own distinct clothing, language, customs and way of life. The Lao Loum, who reside in the lowlands along the Mekong, make up the largest ethnic group. Smaller ethnic groups include the Hmong and Mien, both highland dwellers, and the Lao Thoeng, who prefer the lower mountains. Many tribes share cultural similarities with tribes from neighbouring countries, so it’s possible to see Chinese , Vietnamese , Khmer and Thai influences within the dress, food and arts of these people. 

Generally, Laotians are known for their laidback lifestyle and calm, steady approach to life. With an emphasis on the simple pleasures of family, food and religion, most people from Laos remain closely connected to their family and village for a lifetime. Most Laotians live in villages, rather than the city, where the sense of community is strong and people are connected to their neighbours and friends. Visiting wats (temples) to make offerings and give alms to monks is a common part of daily life for most, with much respect and reverence reserved for monks.

Buddhist holidays and traditional festivals linked to harvest time and holy periods are commonly celebrated throughout the villages of Laos and are timed according to lunar cycles. With different dates each year, it can be hard to predict the exact timing of these local celebrations, but visiting one can provide great insight into the fascinating culture of Laos.

Eating and drinking

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways of experiencing a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Laotian cuisine draws on culinary traditions from its neighbors, so visitors will be able to taste the flavors of China, Thailand and Vietnam in the food of Laos.

Things to try in Laos

This spicy meat salad is considered the national dish of Lao. The delicious combination of minced beef, chicken or pork seasoned with chili, lime and mint, served with vegetables and sticky rice is a firm favorite with locals and travelers.

2. Khao Poon

This popular soup of meat, rice noodles, lime leaves, chili, garlic and fish sauce has a few variations. The version made with coconut milk makes the dish similar to a laksa, while the version without coconut milk is a lighter option.

3. Fresh fruit

The markets of Laos have a cornucopia of delicious fruits on offer, either fresh or whipped up in a juice. Pineapple, orange, watermelon, guava and banana are plentiful but why not try more exotic fruits like lychee, longan, rambutan or jackfruit?

The answer to Laos’ heat and humidity is a bottle of locally brewed Beerlao, best served cold at the end of a long day of exploring.

Geography and environment

Landlocked Laos is located in South-East Asia, bordered by China, Thailand , Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar . The topography of Laos is very mountainous, with much of the land being covered in forest and unsuitable for farming. Due to the mountainous terrain, Laos lacks a developed road network, with most locals living in small villages in the highlands, lowlands and along the Mekong River. Visiting Laos is like going back in time to when highways, traffic jams, mass transit systems and skyscrapers didn't exist. Visitors will be awed by the lush landscapes and stunning scenery, which is unlike anywhere else on earth.

History and government

Early history.

It's thought that Laos has been inhabited by people for thousands of years, although written evidence reveals that societies existed in the 9th century. Early society was based on agriculture and prior to the advent of Buddhism in the 16th century, people largely subscribed to animist beliefs and Shiva-worship, with archaeological evidence of this remaining today.

Like its neighboring countries, Laos was ruled by a series of kingdoms and was subject to invasion from surrounding forces from nearby domains. Europeans first arrived in the area in the 1600s, with the Dutch being the first to arrive. Despite this, the French have had the most European influence in the region. After enduring years of invasion and control from neighboring countries, Laos also had French rule to contend with in the late 1800s, when it became a French colony.

Recent history

Laos was controlled by Japanese forces during World War II, was declared an independent state in 1950 and gained full independence as a constitutional monarchy in 1954. The 1960s proved to be a devastating time for the people of Laos, with their nation gaining the dubious honor of being the most bombed country in the world. The United States bombed Laos extensively in an attempt to eradicate North Vietnamese sanctuaries, and sadly contemporary Laos is still dealing with huge amounts of unexploded ordnance (UXO) that is littered throughout the countryside.

A coalition government was set up in 1962, but in 1975 Laos became a Communist state when the king gave up his throne in favor of a president and prime minister being instated. During the late 1970s, many people of Laos fled to neighboring countries as refugees, as trade embargoes from foreign nations led to widespread poverty and disadvantage. By the 1990s, Laos had become a full member of ASEAN and foreign nations had lifted their trade embargoes, which allowed free enterprise to grow.

Top 10 outdoor experiences in Laos

1. waterfall wander.

Walking around peaceful Kuang Si Falls is a must-do for anyone traveling through the Luang Prabang area. Gentle cascades of water flow into turquoise pools creating a heavenly atmosphere that draws in both tourists and locals keen on some respite from the heat.

2. Play petanque

The French game of petanque is a lot like bowls and quite popular with the people of Laos. If you’re lucky enough to come across a group of kids playing this game in the streets, try to join in – it’s fun and simple to play, and free.

3. Beautiful biking

Hiring a bike and cycling past quiet villages, small farms and rice paddies is a great way to spend an afternoon in Laos, as you can take in stunning scenery, meet locals and get fit all at once.

4. Have a kick

Get amongst the action by watching and playing a bit of Sepak Takwar with locals in the parking lots, streets and parks of Laos. This game (which could be described as a hybrid between football and volleyball) is commonly played throughout South-East Asia, and the locals of Laos are no exception.

5. Power to the paddle

Paddling a kayak down the Nam Song River is an interesting and energetic way to get active and see the sights of Vang Vieng.

6. Get back to nature in Nam Ha

Home to a wide range of rare plant and animal species, this protected area is a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts, bird watchers and animal lovers. The challenging hike through forested terrain provides many rewards in the form of animal spotting and breathtaking scenic vistas.

7. Refreshing river swim

Taking a dip in one of Laos’ many rivers is the perfect way to escape the heat on a hot summer’s day.

8. Spiritual stroll

Taking a leisurely walk around Vientiane’s quirky Buddha Park (also known as Xieng Khuan) is akin to taking an active history, religion and art lesson. Full of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures that depict myths, legends and stories – the giant reclining Buddha is a highlight for most. Surrounding trees, gardens and flowers add to the serenity.

9. Cruise along an icon

Taking a riverboat journey down the Mekong is an iconic journey to savor. Sit on deck, catch the breeze and take photos of the surrounding landscapes as villages, people and mountains glide by.

10. Tough trek

Test your fitness against some of Laos’ mountains on a challenging trek. With so much mountainous terrain, there are many different options and places to hike all around Laos – bring your best hiking boots and a sense of adventure.

Apart from being a great place to pick up handmade wares, buy fresh produce and mingle with locals, the many markets of Laos are one of the most interesting places to take photos also.

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Laos

1. Textiles

Laotian weavers are responsible for crafting an impressive range of top-quality fabric wonders. Silk and cotton are the most common and with everything from handmade bags, scarves, cushion covers, placemats and linen on offer, it won’t be hard to go over your luggage limit here.

2. Saa paper

Saa paper (also known as Mulberry paper) is made from the leftover bi-products of the silk industry. You’ll be able to find Saa paper notebooks and stationery, cards and even gorgeous hanging stars in some of Laos’ markets and boutiques.

3. Hmong handicrafts

The Hmong people are famous for creating colorful handicrafts, which can be found in most markets around Laos. Hand-embroidered bedspreads, vibrant clothing and cotton dolls make meaningful global gifts for friends back home.

Festivals and events

Bun pi mai (lao new year).

One day just isn’t enough for Laotians to celebrate New Year - they need a whole three days! The festive period is characterized by water fights, street parties, feasts, laughing and smiles, as the past year’s troubles are washed away to welcome a new year of luck and prosperity.

Vientiane Boat Racing Festival

Entrants from all over Laos travel to Vientiane to compete in this big boat racing festival held at the end of Buddhist Lent. Food stalls and sideshows line the streets to entertain the thousands of people who gather on the river to watch the races.

Further reading

Laos travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do I need a visa to travel to Laos?

You can get your visa in advance, but a visa can easily be obtained on arrival at most airports from around 35-50 USD (dependant on nationality). Please check with the consulate in your country for more details before you travel. If you are planning to get your visa at the airport we recommend bringing two passport-size photos.

Is tipping customary in Laos?

Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Laos, but a tip of spare change or another small amount would be appreciated by restaurants, drivers and other service workers, especially if the service has been particularly good.

What is the internet access like in Laos?

Internet access is available easily in tourist areas like Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang and Vientiane, but is far less likely to be found in rural and remote areas.

Can I use my cell phone while in Laos?

You'll be able to use your cell phone in most urban areas of Laos, although rural and remote areas may not have network coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your phone carrier before you leave home if you wish to use your phone while in Laos.

What are the toilets like in Laos?

You'll have to adjust to different standards of hygiene and sanitation whilst in Laos. The standard toilet is of the squat variety and this may take some getting used to, although western-style toilets can be found in large hotels and some tourist areas.

Can I drink the water in Laos?

Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Laos. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Laos?

Major credit cards are generally accepted by large shops, hotels and restaurants in the city and tourist areas in the cities. However, they may not be accepted by smaller vendors such as small family restaurants, market stalls or in remote towns and rural areas. Make sure you carry enough cash for purchases, since credit cards aren't always an option everywhere in Laos.

What is ATM access like in Laos?

ATMs can be found in the cities of Laos, so withdrawing cash shouldn't be problematic. Smaller villages and rural areas may not have ATM access, so prepare for this before venturing too far from a city or major town.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

From Australia?

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Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

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From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Does my trip to Laos support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to Laos directly support our foundation partner, MandaLao Elephant Conservation . 

MandaLao Elephant Conservation  

MandaLao Elephant Conservation was the first non-riding elephant sanctuary in Luang Prabang, and they actively promote ethical elephant care and create jobs in communities in Laos. Donations from our trips help them care for rescued elephants at their sanctuary (including food and veterinary costs) while providing employment opportunities within the local community.  

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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Best of Laos

Laos - the land of million of elephants.

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Luang Prabang

Just come and feel the most highlighted essences in Laos through our private 7-day tour package. Embarking on a captivating journey through the heart of Lao including the trio must-visit destinations: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, travelers will have once in a lifetime opportunities to immerse in the rich cultural tapestry and natural wonders that Laos has to offer. From laid-back capital city to scenic countryside, from the spiritual alms-giving ceremony at dawn to numerous remarkable visits to renowned historic and religious places, the trip is purposely tailor-made to give everyone a wonderful glimpse of Laos exotic beauty.

Inclusions of this tour


Hotel (6 nights)

Car, Cruise, Flight ...

Private Guide, Driver, Trip Managing Expert

7 Breakfasts


18 Unique experiences...

Entrance fees, excursions, visa, water...

Highlights Of This Tour

Appreciate a fascinating day tour around charming town of Luang Prabang

Explore series of Luang Prabang's significant temples and cultural sites

Board on leisure Mekong River Cruise to discover Pak Ou Cave

Admire the stunning natural beauty of multi-tier waterfall of Kuang Si

Witness the daily morning alms giving, the most sacred tradition of Laos

Soak in the rustic and idyllic rural beauty through visits to highlighted attractions in Vang Vieng

Relax in the natural aquamarine waters at Blue Lagoon

Visit key tourist sites in Vientiane including: Wat Sisaket, That Luang Monument, Patuxai Victory Arch

Discover a big collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculpture at Vientiane's Buddha Park

Overview of this tour

Best of Laos - 7 days

  • Day 1 : Luang Prabang
  • Day 2 : Luang Prabang
  • Day 3 : Luang Prabang
  • Day 4 : Luang Prabang,Vang Vieng
  • Day 5 : Vang Vieng,Vientiane
  • Day 6 : Vientiane
  • Day 7 : Vientiane

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: luang prabang, day 2: luang prabang, day 3: luang prabang, day 4: luang prabang, vang vieng, day 5: vang vieng, vientiane, day 6: vientiane, day 7: vientiane, inclusions & exclusions.

Car, Cruise, Flight

1. Arrive Luang Prabang Airport

2. Fly departure

Included Services

Accommodations with daily breakfast

Meals as mentioned in the  itinerary (

B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Transport by private car with AC 

Airport transfer by private car with AC

Private English speaking guides

 Water (02 bottles/pax/tour  day)

 All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions as mentioned

Flights to Luang Prabang at the start, and from Vientiane at the end of the tour

Other airfares and airport taxes    

Other meals not clearly described in the program          

Single supplementary surcharge for staying at single room    

Early check-ins and late check-outs   

Travel insurance     

Tips and Personal  expenses such as drinks, telephone, laundry


3* Hotel (6 nights)

Private Guide, Driver, Trip Manager

per person twin share

4* Hotel (6 nights)

5* Hotel (6 nights)

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100% Personalized Itinerary

Hassle-free and uniquely personalized! You'll get a completely flexible trip plan tailored to your individual interests, wishes and budget. Our Inside Travel Experts will give you professional advice, and it's you who decides how many days to travel, where to visit and where to stay.

Private Guide, Car & Driver

You always have private driver & private car flexible upon your travel schedules. Especially, in your Private Tour, our experienced and knowledgeable private guide will show you the hidden gems and inspire you with the most interesting local stories to gain a more in-depth understanding of each exotic country.

Handpicked Hotels & Meals

Whether you are looking for a romantic resort or a boutique hotel, authentic cuisine or street food style; our Asia Tour Experts'll create the lifetime journey around your needs & wants with our best hand-picked collection of accommodation and restaurants.

Trip Managing Experts

Travelling with us means having a dedicated, friendly & professional team by your side every step of the way and always ready to help whenever you need. Our Inside Travel Experts are available 24/7 and take care of everything to make sure you can enjoy the travel experience of a lifetime and get unforgettable memories.

Experiences You can Expect in this Tour

Royal Palace in Luang Prabang

Located on the banks of the Mekong River and facing the sacred Mount Phousi, the Royal Palace was built in 1904 to serve as the residence of King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French...

Pay a visit to Wat Xieng Thong - the highest symbol of Buddhism in Laos

Wat Xieng Thong, literally translated the ‘monastery of the golden city’, is one of the oldest and most important temples of Luang Prabang as well as one of the highest symbols of Buddhism in...

Enjoyable Mekong River boat excursion to Pak Ou Cave

When in Luang Prabang, it is recommended to take a boat tour through Mekong river and visit Pak Ou caves. The excursion will bring you pleasant time to see the local life along the way where the...

Impressive city tour around Luang Prabang - the blend of cultural diversity

Luang Prabang – located in the north of Laos is considered as the heart of Laos culture. The city will amaze you, definitely, by “the successful fusion of the traditional architectural and urban...

Discover the charms of Luang Prabang at traditional craft villages

If you’re looking for a quick and easy getaway from Luang Prabang town or just keen on crafts, textiles, and handmade souvenirs, Ban Xieng Lek and Ban Xang Khong will make an ideal trip....

Daily Morning Alms giving in Luang Prabang

The alms-giving ceremony, or Tak Bat in Lao, is a centuries-old and meaningful tradition in the Buddhist culture of Lao people. In Luang Prabang, it takes place daily from 5:30 in the morning onward,...

Mount Phousi

Located in the heart of the old town peninsular Luang Prabang, Mount Phousi, also known as the ‘sacred hill’ in Lao, stands at 100 meters above the sea level that makes it the highest point in...

Visit the bear rescued center in Luang Prabang

Located 30km southwest of Luang Prabang, Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre is only a short walk past the entrance gate to Tat Kuang Si Waterfall. Run by Free the Bears with the help from the Laos...

Spectacular and stunning Kuang Si WaterFalls

No words can describe the stunning of Kuang Si Waterfalls and the emerald water: you must witness in person, the experience will surely exceeds your expectations!Located outside the city of Luang...

Soak in the natural aquamarine waters at Blue Lagoon of Vang Vieng

A journey to Vang Vieng is incomplete without a stop at the Blue Lagoon. You can enjoy swimming in these lovely natural pools and participate in many exciting activities. There are several Blue...

Explore Vang Vieng’s spectacular cave of Tham Nangfa

Vang Vieng is a world of umpteen caverns located along the banks of Nam Song River, and one of the tourist attractions you should not miss is Tham Nangfa. Also called as Angel Cave, this cavern...

Tham Chang cave in Vang Vieng

Considered as the top attraction in Vang Vieng, Tham Cham is a spectacular cave consisting of numerous beautiful and rare stalactites. Located in Meuang Xong Village, this spacious cave was used as a...

Stop at highlighted attractions in Vientiane: Wat Sisaket, That Luang monument, Victory Monument

Contrary to popular belief of a modern and busy city, Vientiane is, in fact, the laidback capital of Laos with unique and hidden charms. To unveil the true lure of Vientiane, let’s join our city...

Enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures at Buddha Park in Vientiane

Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan or Spirit City, is an open-air sculpture garden housing a large number of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. The park was built in 1958 by Bounleua Sulilat, a...

COPE Visitor Center in Vientiane

COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) is a non-profit organization in Laos created in 1996. For years, COPE follows the mission to help people with mobility-related disabilities by...

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  • Swimming & hiking around waterfalls , like the crystal clear, cerulean three-tiered Kuang Si falls , or the Li Phi Falls , where Irrawaddy dolphins can be seen.
  • Explore the sacred Pak Ou caves , where more than 3,000 Buddha figurines can be found in the dark corners of these spiritual caverns.
  • Experience the heart of Lao Buddhism as you tour Luang Prabang and see its many ornate temples.
  • Enjoy exclusive access to the 4,000 Islands as you navigate them by ferries; from here you can also check out the 11th century  Khmer Temple of Wat Phou , still in use today. 
  • Trek through a beautiful land of elephants & orchids outside of the capital, Vientiane and later visit the Elephant Conservation Center  in Sayaboury.

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  • The country's official name is "Lao People's Democratic Republic."
  • BeerLao is a uniquely delicious beer, using yeast from Germany and locally grown jasmine rice.
  • Along with North Korea, China, Cuba, and Vietnam, Laos is one of the last remaining communist countries in the world.
  • The three-day Laotian New Year celebration takes place in mid-April.
  • Unfortunately, during the Vietnam war over 2 million bombs were dropped on Laos, garnering it the status as the "most bombed country in the world." There are still a devastating amount of unexploded bombs that make much of the land unusable for farming.
  • Coffee is the primary export of Laos, and an impressive 80 percent of the population works in some part of agriculture.

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Travel in the opposite direction from the south to the north of Laos with 3 major cities: Pakse, Vientiane, and Luang Prabang. During the journey, explore the great combination of natural sightseeing, the tradition and unspoiled beauty along the way. This 7-day  Laos tour package is a summary of the most valuable, exotic destination in “the land of a million elephants”. Prepare yourself to be surprised!

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Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights Date: Optional (Available all time) Start/End: Pakse/ Luang Prabang Tour Route: Pakse – Khong Island – Tadlo Waterfall – Vientiane – Luang Prabang Tour Type: Adventure and Experience Tour Customize: Absolutely (Feel free to tell us your requirement in the inquiry form) Guides: Local Guide (Available in English and also other languages if requested) Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned motor coach Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges

Brief Itinerary Day 1: Arrival – Pakse – Khong Islands Day 2: Khong Island – Phou Asa – Pakse Day 3: Pakse – Boloven Plateau – Tad Lo waterfall Day 4: Tadlo waterfall – Pakse – Vientiane (Flight) Day 5: Vientiane – Luang Prabang Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves Day 7: Luang Prabang – Departure

Day 1: Arrival – Pakse – Khong Islands

Once you have arrived at Pakse Airport, our guide will pick you up and take you to the Mekong River to go on 2-hour cruise to Champassak on a traditional boat.  On arrival on this town wharf, we will head to Wat Phou , one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a temple situating mountaintop. Now we have an opportunity to explore these Khmer remaining at the base of Mount Phu Kao .

Wat Phou

In the afternoon, we will travel on the road to the south to 4000 island area, where the Mekong flows into Cambodia. The rare Irrawaddy Dolphin is also living in this area. Moreover, along the way, there are chances to visit the ancient ruins of Oup Mong , Khmer temple at Ban Houay Tomo. You will arrive at Ban Nakasang late in the afternoon and transfer to a long tail motorboat for the trip to peaceful Don Khong Island. Overnight on Khong Island.

Wat Phou, Laos

Day 2: Khong Island – Phou Asa – Pakse(B)

Today we start a little bit earlier than the other day to explore Khong Island. Laos has been under the control of French Colonial in the past, the remaining evidence is at Ban Khone , where is still exists old colonial house and first Laos railway with its own locomotive. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to catch a glimpse of rare freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphin at Ban Hang Khone . We then move to the wonderful Liphi waterfall , also called Samphamith, a natural site separate Laos and Cambodia.

Irrawaddy Dolphin at Ban Hang Khone

After coming back from Liphi waterfall to Nakasang, we will head to Khonephapheng Waterfall which is considered as the largest waterfall in South East Asia “Niagara of the East”. This afternoon, we drive toward the north to Pakse and discover Phou Asa with the ruins of a temple back to the 18th century. Varying to the situation at that time, a chance to experience elephant activities will save the amazing moments during your days in Laos. Before the sunset, we will be able to reach Pakse and transferred to your new hotel. Overnight in Pakse

Khonephapheng Waterfall

Day 3: Pakse – Boloven Plateau – Tad Lo waterfall (B)

This morning we will enjoy the natural scenery on the Bolevan Plateau. The first site is the waterfall area with the two best Tad Fan and Tad Ngeuan . Tad Fan is famous for its twin falls pouring down over 100 meters to the valley floor below and Tad Ngeuan is popular for its pristine pools for taking a refreshing dip. And the unique thing is the coffee shops and plantation around. You can try the real coffee of Laos with a strong taste and absolutely delicious. You are not only about to see the coffee crop but also have a chance for sightseeing at tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops.

Tad Ngeuan

Next, we will head to Tad Lo , but before Tad Lo, we will stop at villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu . Overnight in Tad Lo.

villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu.

Day 4: Tadlo Waterfall – Pakse – Vientiane (Flight) (B)

From Tadlo waterfall, we will drive back to Pakse to catch our flight to Vientiane. After the flight, our city tour will start right away with “temples tour”. Wat Sisaket is the oldest temple in Vientiane with thousands of miniature Buddha statues; the former royal temple Wat Prakeo contains Emerald Buddha Image.

Wat Sisaket

On the way to visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa , we will stop and take some photos of majestic Patuxay Monument , which is called Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph and finally, COPE Center . COPE Center is a special site in accordance with the need to provide care and support to UXO survivors by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices. It has been established in 1997 to help victim during the Indochina War recover. The evening is totally up to you. You can choose whether enjoying a few drinks while watching the sun going down on the Mekong River or exploring the Night Market .

That Luang Stupa

Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 5: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)

Say goodbye to Vientiane, we will change our location to Luang Prabang. Check-in hotel and be prepared to see the city’s oldest temples, the glorious Wat Xiengthong with its long, giant roof spreading low to two sides and almost reach the ground. Moreover, there are also the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

Wat Xiengthong

And then we climb to the peak of Mount Phousi . You will be amazed by sacred gilded stupa and see the city from a different view and sunset over the Mekong River. In the evening, your time will spend in the famous Luang Prabang Night Market . It is easy to encounter many kinds of local produce such as textiles, handicrafts, foods,… made by both local and Laos ethnic tribes. Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B)

Today will be a whole day to discover and gain some experiences about Laotian culture. We will be back on Mekong River and this time on a private boat, head to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves . This morning we visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. You can enjoy a coffee at the center’s café if you chose before we head for the Mekong River and board our private boat for a pleasant and scenic cruise up on the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves . In the past, these caves are former religious sites. Therefore, right now, there is a lot of gold lacquered Buddha images left over.

Pak Ou Cave

On the way back, we leave the boat and depending on your interest, we can have a short drive to Ban Phanom , which is famous for hand weaving or it is just time for you to enjoy yourselves. Your afternoon is free to treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage, go exploring or do some shopping or relax at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)

Finally, we will spend in Dalat Sao , a local morning market where has all types of food from the farms and jungles surrounding Luang Prabang . Then, we can take a short walk to Royal Palace Museum where represents a wide range of artifacts from the Royal Period in Laos (because Luang Prabang is the former capital of Laos in the past). We then transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang

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Serene Luang Prabang, elegant Vientiane and the surrounds of Pakse, bursting with culture, tea and coffee plantations, glorious waterfalls and thick jungle.

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang is enchanting - Hundreds of monks live and study in the many ancient temples of the city. The sight of the monks padding silently through the streets of the town, and the reverence shown to them by the Lay people defines the soul and pace of life in Luang Prabang. Vientiane is nestled on the banks of the Mekong River and is a city of surprises. Here you will find fields of rice and vegetables hidden behind tree lined avenues. French colonial architecture sits next to gilded temples. A highlight is the ‘Plain of Jars’, the mysterious ancient 300 stone jar dating back nearly 2,000 years. The gentle people, relaxed atmosphere and combination of stunning temples and handsome French architecture of Laos are guaranteed to seduce any traveller.

Luang Prabang Considered as the centre of Lao culture, the city offers a fascinating glimpse into the Buddhist religious practice and traditional lifestyle of the various hill-tribe groups in this northern region. Nearby attractions include Pak Ou Caves which house thousands of Buddha images, Kuang Si Waterfall and several cotton-silk weaving villages. It is worth the early start to participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks – an incredible sight.

Kuang Si Waterfall The biggest waterfall in Laos with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools below which make great swimming holes.

Pak Ou Caves Located around 25km north of Luang Prabang there are two natural caves set in the limestone cliff. The caves are noted for the thousand of miniature Buddhist statues that are placed here by local villages and pilgrims to express their devotion to Buddha.

Vientiane Located along a bend of the Mekong River, the city exudes a laidback atmosphere and old world charm with its mix of Chinese shop houses and French colonial architecture. The tree-lined boulevards and low traffic density makes the city an ideal place for walking and exploring ancient temples and pagodas.  There are also excellent shopping for silver jewellery and hand-woven textiles which can be found at the Morning Market and a number of boutique shops. A visit to Vientiane is not complete without a relaxing sundowner at one of the many riverside bars along the Mekong River to enjoy a spectacular sunset view.

Plain of Jars Located between Vientiane and Luang Prabang lies the Plain of Jars, an intriguing archeological site which is  a collection of mysterious antique stone jars scattered across the countryside. There are more than 60 jar sites which are made up of sandstone, granite and limestone.

Laos has two seasons. The rainy season runs from May through October and the dry season from November to April. For the most part, Laos is hot, although there is a good deal of fluctuation between summer and winter temperatures at higher elevations.

The capital, Vientiane, ranges from the upper-20s Celsius in January to mid-30s Celsius in April and May. In the mountainous region, however, temperatures can plummet to near freezing in December and January. During the rainy season, the highest precipitation is in southern Laos.

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Laos is one of the hidden secrets of Asia and a fantastic country. I was touched by its beauty and the quiet charm of her people during my visit. Somewhat of an enigma, it is one of the few remaining communist countries in the world but life is dominated by the Buddhist religion. You will see the saffron robed nuns and monks everywhere and their stunning golden temples are found throughout the land. Vientiane, the capital, is really more like a large version of a small town but fun to explore. But it is Luang Prabang you must visit. Situated at the confluence of the Khan and mighty Mekong Rivers, it blends French and IndoChinese architecture creating a lovely fusion of styles. This fusion also spreads into the great food available and eating out is both really affordable and the dishes delicious. Wandering the streets of this town is both safe and delightful; around every corner you come across another temple, wonderful old French era colonial house or local market.  I was lucky enough to be there at the right time to experience several colourful festivals and I also visited the amazing Pak Ou caves, a very important pilgrimage site.

The people are so friendly and the countryside very appealing. Go visit and see for yourself!

Chris Lyons, Director

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Currency Lao Kip (LAK) is the official currency, with the US Dollar widely accepted.

Language The official language is Lao, with 5 main dialects spoken – the most predominant being the Vientiane Lao dialect. French remains the official second language, however the use of English is also on the rise.

Why we love it The gentle people, relaxed atmosphere and combination of stunning temples and handsome French architecture are guaranteed to seduce. Watching the hundreds of monks padding silently through the streets of town, and the reverence shown to them by the Lay people defines the soul and pace of life in Laos.

Weather Monsoons are a significant feature of the Laos climate, occurring during their wet season from June to October when the Mekong River and its tributaries can often flood. This is followed by their cool, dry season (November – January) which is typified by low humidity and lower temperatures. In contrast, from February until May the temperature begins to climb, along with the humidity, and consequently thunderstorms are not uncommon. Average annual temperatures range from 28C – 38C.

Social customs & quirks Charming and easy-going is an apt description of the Lao people. Buddhism is their main religion which is apparent in their temples, festivals and tolerant nature, and quite obvious when you see lines of brightly orange-clad monks filing silently by on many town streets as they make their morning rounds to receive offerings. They possess a strong sense of courtesy and respect for all and are unique in that the traditional south-east Asian lifestyle is still practised by the (mainly rural) Lao population.

Festivals & events Boat racing and water festivals are popular forms of celebration in Laos, based on religious principles where offerings to the dead and candlelight processions around temples form the basis of the festivals. Spectacular scenes abound as hundreds of colourful floats decorated with flowers, candles and incense can be seen adrift on the Mekong River – then there is the excitement of the actual races! Music, dance, fireworks displays, food and handicraft stalls are a feature of many of the Lao events.

Health* There are currently no compulsory heath requirements to enter Laos, other than a Yellow Fever certificate if entering from an infected area. Being up to date with your general immunisation programme is recommended, as is having malarial prevention medication. Please contact your health practitioner for full and current details.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Un tour classico del Laos che unisce la meraviglia della natura incontaminata al fascino delle città laotiane. Un viaggio spirituale durante il quale puoi emozionarti e riflettere.


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In viaggio attraverso il Laos, dalle città del Nord al cuore della giungla, per arrivare in Cambogia, fra città e natura, avventura e spiritualità, modernità e antichità.

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Un Paese dal fascino senza tempo pieno di storia e cultura. La popolazione è allegra e contemplativa, il territorio è ricco di montagne spettacolari, foreste, fiumi e laghi.

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Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng

Isola di Khone


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Area 3.92 km ²

Popolazione 948.400

La capitale, collegata alla Thailandia dal Ponte dell’Amicizia, è una città che con le sue antiche vie alberate: la sua architettura coloniale richiama l’atmosfera di alcune città africane. In laotiano si dice ViengChan cioè “Città della luna” perché proprio qui il Mekong forma una curva simile ad uno spicchio di luna. Percorrendo i suoi ampi viali potrai ammirare diversi templi fra cui l’immenso Pha That Luang, tutto dorato, considerato il simbolo della città. Da non perdere il grande mercato del mattino “Talat Sao” dove si compra di tutto e il mercato “Khua Din” dove i contadini vendono i loro prodotti freschi.

Luang Prabang

Area 8.20 km ²

Popolazione 50.000

Colline lussureggianti e monti ricoperti dalla foresta tropicale: ecco la cornice di questa città rilassante, unica ed eccezionalmente bella, una lingua di terra tra il fiume Mekong e il Nam Khane. Certamente la città del Laos più ricca di storia, cultura, monumenti e riti religiosi, classificata come Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità. Sali sul Monte Phousi al tramonto. La magica vista della città ricoperta da una particolare luce dorata sarà un’esperienza emozionale che non dimenticherai mai.

Van Vieng

Popolazione 25.000

Un posto bellissimo a 160 Km da Vientiane sulla strada per Louang Phrabang, vicino al fiume Nam Song. Zona lussureggiante e celebre per le grotte sacre, meta di pellegrinaggi durante le feste religiose, ma anche per le belle cascate e le coste a picco sui rilievi calcarei. Il fiume Nam Song qui scorre calmo e tranquillo, perfetto per belle nuotate e per rilassanti escursioni in barca che ti forniranno l’occasione per conoscere la vita degli abitanti dei villaggi lungo il suo corso.

Isola di Khone

Oziare e ammirare la natura, rilassarsi e godersi gli attimi: è il piacevole, unico impegno per il tuo soggiorno in quest’isola a sud del Laos. Khone, circondata da un grande arcipelago denominato, le “400 isole”, è un’oasi di pace dove si cammina a piedi o in bicicletta, dotata di strutture ricettive essenziali, meta davvero unica se quel che cerchi è bellezza e tranquillità. Adatta a coppie e famiglie. Le cascate di Li Phi, immerse in una cornice selvaggia e i delfini di acqua dolce, affascinanti animali in via d’estinzione, saranno tra le meravigliose sorprese che questo posto saprà donarti.

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Cosa fare e vedere in Laos

La capitale vientiane.

Vientiane, il cuore del paese. I suoi templi, i suoi mercati, il suo artigianato ne fanno la base di partenza per un itinerario indimenticabile.

Pha Xieng Khuan, il Buddha Park

Respira l’idea del bonzo (prete buddista) che progettò questo insieme di statue, un progetto di fusione tra religione buddista ed induista, che si è trasformata in un parco.

Adrenalina laotiana

La regione di Vang Vieng regala esperienze imperdibili. Sentieri di montagna con panorami bellissimi, discese in canoa e rafting, visita a grotte sperdute, un tuffo nella natura.

Il rito buddista

A Luang Prabang guarda con rispetto  il corteo dell’alba, un rito millenario unico. Decine di bonzi, con vesti color zafferano, percorrono le vie per le offerte degli abitanti.

Il santuario degli elefanti

Un luogo nato per salvare gli elefanti da lavoro, un luogo magico dove imparare a interagire con loro. Dargli il cibo, lavarli, accarezzarli sarà un’esperienza impareggiabile.

Il caffè di Sinouk

Svegliati con il profumo del caffè Laos Arabica, pernottando nelle piantagioni biologiche di questa regione. Un itinerario dall’aroma invitante come il caffè laotiano.

Quando andare in viaggio in Laos

Cartorange consiglia

  = mesi e consigli green

  • Il periodo migliore va da novembre a febbraio, durante la stagione secca
  • Da marzo ad ottobre il Laos è battuto dai monsoni, ma non è comunque impossibile andarci in vacanza
  • Un viaggio più sostenibile e meno affollato? Andare a Vientiane in primavera ed estate quando piove generalmente solo alla sera
  • In piena estate il caldo le temperature si attestano tra i 30° - 35°

Notizie utili

Laotiano. L'inglese è molto diffuso

Passaporto con validità di almeno 6 mesi + visto di ingresso rilasciato all’arrivo. Il visto ha un costo e una validità limitata

Differenza oraria

+ 6h rispetto all'Italia; + 5h quando in Italia vige l'ora legale


Nessuna obbligatoria. Consigliate le profilassi antimalarica e  anticolerica oltre alla vaccinazione antitifica. Si consiglia di seguire l’osservanza delle elementari regole di igiene

Clima tropicale monsonico, caldo umido con piogge nel periodo agosto-ottobre e temperature più moderate nel periodo novembre-marzo

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Posti da visitare in laos.

L’ex regno del “milione di elefanti” offre scenari indimenticabili da nord a sud con tante cose da vedere , offrendoti sempre forti emozioni. Puoi cominciare con i templi Buddisti, i Wat, luoghi di culto e incontro, dalle linee semplici e leggere. Ti incanteranno. Visitare la città Patrimonio dell’Umanità e perderti tra le sue vie in stile coloniale. Fare shopping negli immensi mercati, bazar, negozi di artigianato che incontrerai ovunque, dalla grande città al villaggio sperduto. Organizzare un itinerario green, visitando le riserve naturali di Bokeo e di Phou Khao Khouay. Navigare lentamente lungo il Mekong fino a scoprire le meraviglie dell’arcipelago delle “quattrocento isole”, con la loro natura incontaminata e i delfini di acqua dolce. Programmare un tour sugli altipiani del nord per vedere le misteriose giare e quelli del sud con le smisurate piantagioni di caffè. 

Tour e itinerari in Laos

Che tu decida di intraprendere un tour nel nord o nel sud del paese, non puoi perderti Vientiane, cuore del paese. I suoi mercati, i suoi templi il suo artigianato sono, senza dubbio, un modo infallibile per farti innamorare del Laos. Se punterai al nord, l’itinerario potrebbe prevedere una sosta rilassante immersi nella natura a Vang Vieng, punto di partenza perfetto per visitare le innumerevoli grotte sparse nei dintorni o per concederti divertenti avventure in canoa e discese adrenaliniche in gommone. LouangPhrabang, città Patrimonio UNESCO, tappa imperdibile per i suoi monumenti religiosi, gli edifici coloniali e il santuario degli elefanti. Sempre più a nord il tuo tour farà tappa sull’altopiano di XiengKhouang, alla Piana delle Giare che, disseminate a perdita d’occhio, sono uno spettacolo eccezionale. Con l’ itinerario del sud andrai sull’altopiano dei Bolovens, per ammirare le splendide cascate, la natura incontaminata e le piantagioni di caffè. A Saravane scoprirai il mercato di camaleonti, lucertole e varani, ma anche le infinite distese di risaie. La tappa del soggiorno a Champassak ti consentirà di ammirare il bellissimo tempio tutelato Patrimonio UNESCO. Il tuo viaggio terminerà sul delta del Mekong dove l’arcipelago delle quattrocento isole, le cascate e i delfini faranno del tuo viaggio in Laos una vacanza indimenticabile.

Viaggi organizzati in Laos

In Laos è possibile organizzare viaggi di una o due settimane, tour e minitour in autonomia o di gruppo. Si possono anche organizzare pacchetti estensione mare, in combinazione con altri paesi.

Voli per il Laos

Dall’Italia si può raggiungere la capitale Vientiane con comodi voli di linea con scali intermedi in Thailandia. Nel giorno di partenza dall’Italia si atterrerà in Laos il giorno successivo, mentre per il rientro il giorno di partenza coincide con quello di arrivo.

Hotel in Laos

In Laos lo standard ricettivo è un po’ più limitato rispetto ad altri paesi dell’Asia. Gli itinerari turistici si sono sviluppati molto bene a Vientiane, Louang Phrabang, Vang Vieng, dove si trovano strutture con ottimi servizi. In altri luoghi, meno battuti turisticamente, lo sviluppo di grandi catene alberghiere è praticamente inesistente. Questo però non incide assolutamente sulla cura, la pulizia e la confortevolezza degli alloggi che rimane comunque di ottimo standard. Vista l’offerta così eterogenea, una vacanza in Laos è consigliata a quei viaggiatori che posseggono un minimo di spirito di adattamento.

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Laos Asia Reveal Tour

Passport valid for at least six months by all nationals. Visa can obtained from Lao Embassies and Consulates abroad. In addition, visa can also be obtained on arrival at the international Checkpoint. The entry visas are obtainable from the nearest Laos Embassy, a travel agent or upon arrival. The validity of tourist visas is about one month and could be extended. Visa on arrival into Laos: – Stamped at international airport: Vientaine, Luang Prabang, Paske – Procedures : No need to have visa approval letter in advance (as in Vietnam). Upon arrival at the airport, clients will fill in the Immigration Form …»

Prepare for getting in Currency: 1 US$ = 8063,87 LAK (in December 2014). Exchange: Banks, licensed offices, and hotels. Credit cards/traveler Cheques are not widely accepted. Cash US dollars and Thai baht universally accepted. Small denominations are very useful. Local Time: GMT +7 Business Hours: Office hours: 0800-1200 and 1300-1700, Monday to Friday. Getting There by Air The national airline of Laos is Lao Airlines (QV) ( There are no direct flights from the USA or Europe; flights are mainly …»

Laos has a monsoon climate of a dry and a wet season. The rainy season starts from May to October, when the climate is hot and wet along with an average Temperature around 28oC. The cool dry season is from November through February. The background temperature is stable around 15oC in early morning and at night, 25oC at noon. The mountainous areas can be very cold with the temperature decreases to 5oC especially in the North of Laos …»

Public Holidays in 2017: January 01, 2017: International New Year 2017 March 08, 2017: International Women’s Day April 14, 15, 16, 2017: Lao New Year Days May 01, 2017: International Labor Day July 20, 2017: Lao Women Union’s Day October 05,06, 2017: Boun Ock Phansa & Boat Racing Festival Day November 03, 2017: That Luang Festival Day December 02, 2017: Lao National Day Event calendar 2017: Laos celebrates many annual festivals called “Boun” in Lao Language which are particularly enjoyable and


Laotian food is based on fish, beef, pork, poultry and especially herbs. The food is very spicy and hot, which blend of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese in flavor and presentation. The famous ingredients for almost dishes are herb, chili and fish sauce.

National specialties • Sticky rice (best eaten with fingers). • Laap (minced meat, fish or vegetables tossed in lime juice, garlic, onions, powdered rice and chillies, accompanied by sticky rice). •  Kai (Water weed from the Mekong River – a Luang Prabang specialty) …»

We are group visited Laos from 21 – 23 March 2016. All services in Laos was great, especially the Tour guide Mr. Chan. Chan is the most excellent guide ever with excellent knowledge about Luang ... »

We are three people booked Tour in Laos for 4 days – March 2016. It was fabulous to know this beautiful country and its lovely and warm people. Our trip highlights are cascades, elephants and be... »

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Laos Travel Guide

Last Updated: April 29, 2024

The lush hills and mountains of beautiful Laos, with a green field in the foreground

Laos is a landlocked country steeped in nature, food, history, and Buddhism. The country is wrapped in a mountainous landscape, making it one of the most beautiful places in all of Southeast Asia .

While it lacks the beautiful beaches of neighboring countries, adventure travel is big here. You can go zip-lining, kayaking, hiking, and cave tubing all in one day.

I loved my time there and, while the country is no longer a “secret,” it’s still a lot less visited than its neighbors.

From the bustling night markets and stunning waterfalls of Luang Prabang to the epic mountain sunsets in Vang Vieng , I’m always amazed that more people don’t make the journey to this beautiful country.

This travel guide to Laos can help you plan your trip, save money, and make the most of your time in this stunning country.

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
  • Related Blogs on Laos

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Top 5 things to see and do in laos.

Hot air balloons flying over the water in rural Vang Vieng, Laos

1. Visit Vang Vieng

Backpackers “discovered” this little town in the late 1990s. It didn’t take long to develop into a crazy, hedonistic city. There’s still a party scene but now it’s focused on a handful of bars. It’s definitely not like the old days but I think that’s a good thing. Nowadays, things have calmed down and the center of Vang Vieng is thriving, with boutique hotels and high-end restaurants replacing some of the party-laden backpacker bars that used to pack the waterfront. The town has also become a hub for outdoor adventure, jungle hikes, and lazy days on the river. It’s worth spending a few days here.

2. Explore the 4,000 Islands

Located in Southern Laos, the 4,000 Islands (also known as ‘Si Phan Don’ in Lao) is an area of tiny, largely uninhabited islands in the Mekong River in Champasak Province near the Cambodian border. They are popular with backpackers and the vibe is laid-back and chill. Accommodation is only available on three of the islands: Don Khong, Don Kon, and Don Det. What’s available is cheap and you can spend a few days here reading in hammocks and slowly exploring by bike. Other than that, there’s really not much to do here besides chill in the river and relax at night. To reach the islands you need to take a boat from Pakse.

3. Relax in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a slow-paced city. There is not much to do here other than enjoy epic sunsets over the Mekong River, wander the streets filled with colonial French architecture, spend time at the incredible Kuang Si Waterfalls, and shop at the bustling night market. You can also take a river tour, or explore some of the dozens of temples in town. Every morning at sunrise, the monks walk through the main streets receiving alms from the local residents. I went for two days but actually stayed for a week because I enjoyed it so much!

4. Trek to the Kuang Si Falls

This gorgeous waterfall near Luang Prabang is breathtaking. Turquoise waters flow over rock ledges into dramatic tiered limestone pools perfect for swimming. You can float about in some of these natural infinity pools or jump from trees into others. It’s a really cool place to visit. Admission is 20,000 LAK, and a shared tuk-tuk from Luang Prabang costs 30,000-40,000 LAK per person.

5. See the Plain of Jars

The UNESCO-recognized Plain of Jars has thousands of stone jars scattered around three different sites. Believed to be part of the burial practices from the Iron Age, this is one of the biggest and most important prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia. Legend has it that the jars were made by a race of giants to store alcohol. Take care not to stray too far from the cleared areas as there are still some landmines in the area. There are eight sites open for visiting: sites 1, 2, and 3 are all close to each other at Phonsavan so they are easy to visit together. Admission to Site 1 (with the best-preserved jars) is 15,000 LAK while entry to Sites 2 and 3 is 10,000 LAK.

Other Things to See and Do in Laos

1. explore the vieng xai cave city.

Located close to Sam Nua (near the Vietnamese border), Vieng Xai Cave City served as living quarters for Laotian soldiers during the 1960s. You can see the living quarters as they were; the Kaysone Phomvihane Cave even has a working air-circulation pump. Guided tours are found at the Vieng Xai Caves Visitor Centre. Admission is 60,000 LAK and includes an audio tour. The bus there is 20,000 LAK while a tuk-tuk is 150,000 LAK.

2. Try the Gibbon Experience

This is one of the best activities in Laos. It’s a series of zip lines connecting the world’s highest treehouses in Bokeo Forest, where you can stay for one or two nights. You’re completely off the grid there, surrounded by gibbons, and it has some intense nature hikes. The three-day, two-night “Classic” package costs around 5,600,000 LAK per person.

3. See the Great Stupa (Pha That Luang)

The Great Stupa in Vientiane is a 45-meter (148-foot) gold-covered stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine). It’s considered the greatest monument in the country. Its exterior looks like a fortress with high walls, but the inside has numerous Buddhist, floral, and animal imagery throughout. You can admire the stupa from outside for free.

4. Head to Vientiane

The capital and largest city in Laos is full of important national monuments and temples, like the Great Stupa and the Sisaket Temple. While there, be sure to check out Buddha Park, a sculpture garden full of giant Buddha statues. It’s the most cosmopolitan city in the country, and there’s an up-and-coming foodie scene there as well. It’s worth spending a few days here exploring.

5. Visit the Elephant Conservation Center

Located in Sainyabuli, the ECC was launched in 2011 by a team of elephant specialists working towards protecting the elephant population in Laos. It’s the best way to see elephants in a responsible way that doesn’t harm them or involve exploitation. You can stay for one, two, or three nights and prices start at 3,800,000 LAK. A 7-day volunteering session costs around 8,500,000 LAK.

6. Take the slow boat on the Mekong

Drift down the Mekong River on a long, narrow boat with comfortable seating, home-cooked meals, and a unique view of the countryside. You can find a ride typically from the border at Huay-Xai that drops you off in Luang Prabang. Slow boats take two to three days. Prices vary depending on the quality of your tour company. There’s also a public boat that leaves daily at 11am.

7. Trek through Phou Hin Poun Conservation Area

Mountains, a limestone forest, rivers full of rapids, and caves await you in the protected Phou Hin Poun area of Laos. The entire area is filled with unique species of flora and fauna, including macaques, tigers, and gibbons. (Yes, tigers.) It’s a stunning area for guided treks, which usually last a couple of days. Your accommodation can help you book a guide on arrival.

8. Get outdoors in Nong Kiew (Muang Ngoi)

Life in this quaint village on the Nam Ou River is slow and peaceful, but Nong Kiew is a popular draw for outdoor lovers. The towering limestone cliffs are ideal for experienced climbers, and there are many hiking trails leading to nearby waterfalls and caves. To get there, take a bus from Luang Prabang to Pak Mong and then a tuk-tuk the rest of the way.

9. Chat with a monk

On the first Sunday of every month, monks gather at the Sangha College in Vientiane to chat with tourists. You’re able to ask them about their practice and daily life, and in return, they can practice their English. It’s a fun and eye-opening way to learn about the culture and the religion from someone whose daily life is much different than yours.

10. Visit the Buddha Caves

The Buddha Caves (Pak Ou Caves) hold over 6,000 Buddha statues that the locals still use for worship. There are standing Buddhas, sitting Buddhas, reclining Buddhas — you name it! To get there you take a scenic 25-kilometer (16-mile) boat trip up the Mekong River or you can take a songthaew (a truck converted into a shared taxi). From there, you’re able to explore the two main caves on foot. It’s about 20,000 LAK to enter the caves, and a shared boat costs 65,000 LAK round-trip (the boat takes two hours there and one hour to get back).

11. Take a Lao cooking class

Take a cooking class to learn how to make traditional dishes like laap (salad with minced meat and spices), orh (spicy stew), and mok pa (steamed fish in banana leaf). Most classes include a visit to the market and include several dishes, ending with everyone feasting on the food they have just cooked. Prices vary but expect to pay between 250,000-400,000 LAK for a class. If you’re in Vientiane, I recommend taking Madam Phasouk’s class. She’s an amazing cook and her private classes are 150,000 LAK, which includes making 3-4 dishes.

  For more information on specific destinations in Laos, check out these guides:

  • Luang Prabang Travel Guide
  • Vang Vieng Travel Guide
  • Vientiane Travel Guide

Laos Travel Costs

Dozens of Buddhist and Hindu states at Buddha Park near Vientiane, Laos surrounded by grass and trees

Accommodation – Accommodation in Laos is cheap. Hostel dorm rooms start at around 65,000 LAK per night, although they average closer to 80,000 LAK. Hostels in Vientiane start at slightly higher prices. Private rooms with air-con start at 190,000 LAK but average around 350,000 LAK. Almost every hostel offers free Wi-Fi and most also include free breakfast. It’s very rare for a hostel to have a kitchen, so don’t count on cooking your meals.

Budget hotels and guesthouses are widely available, usually starting around 150,000 LAK for a twin or double room. If you’re looking to splurge on a four-star hotel with a pool, expect to pay at least 400,000 LAK per night.

Airbnb is also available in Laos, with private rooms starting from around 200,000 LAK. An entire home or apartment goes for as little as 500,000 LAK, although prices are generally closer to 1,000,000 LAK. Book early to find the best deals.

Food – Food in Laos has many similarities to its neighbors, with rice and noodle dishes forming the backbone of most meals. Prominent staples include green papaya salad and laap (also known as larb ) (a minced-meat salad that is the national dish, usually featuring fermented fish). Grilled meats, such as chicken, pork, and duck are also very popular, as is feu , the local version of pho.

Most street food and cheap meals of local cuisine cost less than 22,000 LAK, especially in the night market where you can find things like barbecued meats, spicy papaya salad, and noodle soup.

If you want to splash out on a fancy meal, expect to pay around 150,000 LAK for a three-course meal with a drink.

Beer is very cheap here, costing around 14,000 LAK. If you want a latte or cappuccino, expect to pay around 30,000 LAK. Bottled water is around 5,000 LAK.

If you have access to a kitchen, a week’s worth of groceries costs around 250,000-300,000 LAK for basic staples like rice, pasta, produce, and some meat.

Backpacking Laos Suggested Budgets

On a backpacker budget, expect to spend around 300,000 LAK per day. This budget covers staying in a hostel dorm, eating street food, drinking a couple beers, renting a bicycle to get around, and enjoying mostly cheap activities like hiking and swimming. Add another 15,000-30,000 LAK to your daily budget if you plan on drinking more.

On a mid-range budget of 650,000 LAK per day, you can stay in a private hostel dorm or Airbnb, drink more, enjoy lots of street food, take some taxis or tuk-tuks, and do more activities like go rock climbing or ATV riding.

On a “luxury” budget of around 1,800,000 LAK per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat all your meals out anywhere you want, enjoy lots of drinks, hire tuk-tuks or rent a motorbike/scooter, and do whatever activities you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in LAK.

Laos Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Laos is very affordable so it’s hard to save tons of money if you are already traveling on a budget. Sticking to hostels or inexpensive guest houses, public transportation, and street food will ensure you don’t break the bank. It’s hard to spend a lot when you just do normal travel. That said, here are some ways to save money in Laos:

  • Buy from market stalls – Buying your own food is infinitely cheaper than going to restaurants (not that they are even that expensive, however). If you’re on a budget, though, stick to the local markets. Fresh food is the cheapest there.
  • Use public transportation – Taxis and tuk-tuks may be convenient, but they slowly ruin your budget. Stick to public transportation if you need to get around. If you do need to take a tuk-tuk or taxi, ask your hotel/hostel staff what you should expect to pay to make sure you don’t get ripped off!
  • Avoid western food – Western food is always more expensive than local cuisine. While the prices aren’t that high, it slowly adds up throughout your trip.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle – The tap water here isn’t safe to drink. To save money and reduce your plastic use, bring a reusable water bottle with a filter. LifeStraw makes a reusable bottle with a built-in filter so you can be sure your water is always safe and clean.

Where to Stay in Laos

Laos has plenty of budget-friendly hostels around the country. Here are my suggested places to stay:

  • Indigo House Hotel (Luang Prabang)
  • Nana Backpackers Hostel (Vang Vieng)
  • Vang Vieng Freedom Hostel (Vang Vieng)
  • Dream Home Hostel (Vientiane)
  • Vongkham Eco Village (Vientiane)
  • Sanga Hostel (Pakse)

How to Get Around Laos

An aerial view of lush Luang Prabang in Laos, with mountains in the background

Getting around Laos can be a challenge. The roads are poor, and you have to navigate several mountain passes to get almost anywhere. Nothing is ever on time, and even short trips can turn into endless journeys.

Public transportation – Public transportation is available in some of the larger cities, with prices starting around 5,000 LAK and going up from there based on distance.

Bus – Buses are the most common way to get between cities in Laos. Ticket prices vary between 80,000-130,000 LAK for a 4-6-hour ride. Buses are pretty uncomfortable and many don’t have air conditioning, but they get you from point A to point B around the country without breaking the bank.

In busier towns, you can purchase your ticket from just about any tour operator. This includes transit from your hotel/hostel to the station. Otherwise, you can show up at the city’s bus station. A trip from Vientiane to Luang Prabang or Pakse shouldn’t cost more than 100,000 LAK.

There are also plenty of air-conditioned “VIP” buses. A “VIP” trip from Vientiane to Luang Prabang costs 410,000 LAK. Overnight buses cost 170,000-400,000 LAK depending on the distance. You can usually buy tickets for these buses from your hostel/hotel. You can use to compare prices.

If you’re looking to head into a neighboring country, a bus from Vientiane to Hanoi costs around 500,000 LAK. There is also a direct route between Luang Prabang and Chiang Mai starting from 425,000 LAK, but keep in mind the ride is at least 15 hours. A bus from Vientiane to Bangkok also takes about 15 hours and costs about 425,000 LAK.

To find bus routes and prices, use BusBud .

Boat – One of the most popular ways to see Laos is via a slow boat between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang on the Mekong River. The journey takes two days. For short trips (like Luang Prabang to the Pak Ou Caves), you can get a river taxi for about 65,000 LAK.

Flying – I don’t recommend flying unless you are super pressed for time. Domestic flights are costly, and there are frequent cancellations. Even booking far in advance, a flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang costs upwards of 500,000 LAK for a 50-minute flight. But if you must, these are Laos’ airlines:

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Car rental – Car rentals in Laos aren’t super affordable, costing around 750,000 LAK per day for a multi-day trip. Renters need to be at least 23 and have an International Driving Permit (IDP).

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When to Go to Laos

October to April is the best time to visit Laos. This is when the country’s weather is consistently warm and dry. (Keep in mind the mountainous areas experience much cooler temperatures year-round compared to the other parts of Laos.) It’s also the high season, so you can expect bigger crowds and inflated prices. That said, the crowds here are much smaller than in neighboring Thailand and Vietnam.

Elsewhere, April and May tend to be the hottest months, with temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F). The humidity can be extremely uncomfortable during this time too.

The rainy season lasts from late May to October. It’s still a pleasant time to visit as rainfall each day never lasts long. During this time, the waterfalls flow heavier and wildlife becomes more active. There are also fewer tourists around during this time as well.

How to Stay Safe in Laos

Laos is a very safe country to backpack and travel around as violent crime against travelers is rare. Pickpocketing is your biggest concern. It often occurs in busy market areas (especially in Vang Vieng) and on transportation. Keep your valuables close and out of reach at all times just to be safe.

If you’re worried about getting ripped off, you can read about common travel scams to avoid here.

If you’re hiking or sightseeing, always stay on the marked trail. Some places are strictly prohibited because of unexploded landmines. This is especially true around the Plain of Jars. You shouldn’t have a reason to wander off into a dangerous area but pay attention to signs and markers.

When people get into trouble here, it’s mostly because they’re tangled up with drugs or the sex industry. Laos is strict about punishment when it comes to these offenses, so avoid them at all costs!

Solo female travelers should generally feel safe here, however, the standard precautions apply (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.).

If you experience an emergency, dial 191 to contact the police.

When in doubt, always trust your instincts. If a taxi driver seems shady, get out. If your hotel or accommodation is seedier than you thought, go somewhere else. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID, in case of an emergency.

The most important piece of safety advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

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These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Agoda – Other than Hostelworld, Agoda is the best hotel accommodation site for Asia.
  • – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.

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Want more info? Check out all the articles I’ve written on Laos travel and continue planning your trip:

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14 must see places for Southern Laos itinerary

Today I am going to share with you where to go and what to do in southern Laos. Share it, save it as you use this southern Laos itinerary. Though I had lived in Vientiane, Lao before, and had been to the south of Lao as well. It was great to explore deeper this time around.

From my experience living and traveling in Lao, I can say you can easily spend a week or a month in Laos. Many travelers go to Vientiane, Vang Vieng, UNESCO world heritage site (Luang Prabang) but for some reason skip south of Lao. Hence it has remained one of the least visited places in South East Asia. Let’s change that, shall we?!

South of Lao is rich in refreshing nature, cultural treasure, unique traditions, and tourist attractions. From the renowned world heritage site to the ancient village, quaint islands to stunning waterfalls and landscape. I hope you will use this southern Laos itinerary and see the untouched beauty this part of Lao has to offer!

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Vat Phou World Heritage Site

Vat phou salao, khone phapheng waterfalls, don det, 4000 islands, don khone (somphamith waterfalls), hang khone village, mekong dolphin watching, bolaven plateau (blacksmith village), tad fan- tad nyeuang waterfalls, zipline over two stunning waterfalls, coffee plantation, tad lo waterfalls, tad hung waterfalls, what i used to take these photos.

On the other hand, If you have never heard of Laos, it is a neighboring country next to Thailand and Vietnam in Asia. Laos is a pretty quiet, laid-back mountainous country that wasn’t visited by many until the last few years.

Transportation from Pakse to the following places is limited. I recommend catching a local bus to 1 place and use that as a base to explore surrounding areas or hire private transport, either renting a bike, car or using tourist mini-bus day tours. From Pakse, bus ticket can start from 30,000 Kip, motorbike hire can start from 60,000 Kip for the full day, and day trip from travel agents can start from 120,000 Kip.

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Find the cheapest flights through most trusted sites such as Skyscanner or Momodo.

Now without further ado, let’s begin

Southern Laos Itinerary


Pakse is one of the biggest cities in Laos and the main gateway hub for southern Laos. This is where you can start your waterfalls chasing journey. You can either take the plane or day/night bus from Vientiane to Pakse. Pakse boasts an international airport also. So, you can book your international flight directly to Pakse and completely skip the bus trip. There is not much to do in the town itself besides visiting some quaint temples. Such as Wat Luang and meet monks or enjoy yourself in one of the restaurants eating local dishes. However, it is worth to stay for 1 night.

Find out where to stay in Pakse here

As the next day, you can visit Vat Phou in Champasak province. It is a pre-Angkorian temple complex which means temples here are way older (imagine the fifth century) than the Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

The main temple is perched at the top of a hill. The stairs are made up old stones and chunky! So, it is a bit of a hike to get there but the view makes up for it. There is a story about that temple, I urge you to find it out through some locals there. The temple area is well maintained with not 1 but 2 man-made lakes (locals say it’s regarded as a male and female lake!). I couldn’t help myself imagining how long it must have taken for the people to build this beautiful temple complex. I recommend spending the afternoon at Vat Phou (skip the heat too) and visiting the Setthapura ancient city along the way. There is also a restaurant on site where the food was great and the price reasonable! Hours of the Vat Phou temple are 08:00–18:00, and the entrance fee  is 50.000 Kip.


If you love viewpoints as I do, then Vat Phou Salao is the place to go. Vat Phou Salao is the Golden Buddha viewpoint with one big Buddha as well as many Buddhas in a group too! It is a temple sitting on top of a mountain with a pretty cool view of Pakse city overlooking the Mekong river and the Lao-Japan friendship bridge. Lots of photos ops here.  There is no entrance fee here and you can get some food in the parking area at the bottom of the temple or along the road as you do in Asia. I recommend visiting either in the mornings or in the afternoon for the best views.


The next must-see is one of the widest and wildest waterfalls. Let me introduce you to Khone Phapheng Waterfalls. It is the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. People call it the Niagara Falls of Asia. It is spread out so massively if you count individual waterfalls, it would be 9 or was it 10? Lmk how many you end up seeing in the comments! It is open from 08:00 to 18:00 and the entrance ticket is 55,000 kip. Recommend visiting in the mornings for the best photos.

When I was here 3 years ago, there was no other person on sight and no places to eat around here. But happy to report, they have now built a really good restaurant on site. It is called Khone Pha Pheng restaurant, the best place I ate in southern Lao. Fish dishes were seriously amazing. Perhaps because of the daily fresh fish from the Mekong river in the backyard!


After having a delicious lunch here, you can go to the Nakasang pier. This is where you can get a boat to reach a beautiful Don Det island in Si Phan Don aka 4000 islands.

Out of 4000 islands in southern Laos, there are only a few islands we can visit. One of them is Don Det. It is a little island, which can be explored in a couple of hours if you wish to. But what is really off the beaten path travel experience, if you don’t even stay a night in the remote island right?

Check out where to stay in Don Det  here.

You can also make Don Det your base, and explore in and out of the island easily. Although it is now considered a tourist attraction if you look, you shall find your silence of stillness and peace.

While you are there, don’t miss the old historic bridge in Don Det . It is the best place to be for sunsets around here. Also, the sandwich shop close to that bridge on Don Det island side is the best sandwich shop on the island. Run by the western and Thai couple, they really know what it is about! Get your munchies from there and sit on the bridge for that Instagram worthy sunset picnic!

Then if you want to venture on the other side of the bridge, at least know the name. It is called Don Khone island. That bridge is also the only physical link between called Don Khone and Don Det.


Another must-see attraction that you should add in your southern Laos itinerary is Somphamith Waterfalls. It is also known as Li Phi Falls. Quite similar to Khong Phapheng Waterfalls but it has its own beauty. You can walk along the waterfall for approx. 1 km, sit down, chill along the way and enjoy the view. And at the end of the path is a cafe/bar with a tiny, lovely beach.

The place does decent juice, sells bottled water and has a pool table that is unstable. The whole area is well arranged with several viewpoints, benches, and a restaurant on site. The entry fee to the falls is 35000 Kip and is open every day of the week from 08:00 to 17:00 hours uninterruptedly.

Ps: If you continue exploring further north from the cafe, after 20-30mins ish stroll, you should see a little blue lagoon. It was a rare find and I loved it there! There is also Ziplining available if you are feeling a bit adventurous to fly above the waterfalls but I recommend another waterfall for Ziplining. More on that below.


On the other side of that French-built bridge, you can view an old French colonial train engine and a white sand Mekong beach! If one is not enough, you can continue to Hang Khone village to see the second colonial train engine. What interested me more in this place though was the boat landing, and how French used to deliver goods on the side of giant Mekong.


This is where you can get on a slow boat to go Dolphin Watching !

What makes it interesting is not only the Dolphins but where you will be watching them from! The boat will take you to an area in the wide Mekong river on the border between Laos and Cambodia. You can literally cross the border by water and you are in a new country!

There may be standard boats that you can sit on but my boat had chairs! I have fear of deep water so, when it got a bit windy I wasn’t comfortable sitting on it!

It took a good 30mins to spot a fin of Dolphin swimming on the Mekong. I wasn’t expecting a full-on Dolphin Dance show but a little more than a fin would have been amazing. But maybe you will have more luck than me?!


Bolaven plateau is one of the most beautiful places in the south of Lao. It is the region with stunning waterfalls, tribal villages, and traditional coffee and tea plantation. If you think Khone Phapheng or Li phi was the best, wait till you see the waterfalls in this region!

While you are on your way to the first waterfall of the day, you can make a stopover along the way at KM 18. It is a blacksmith village. Here you can watch and learn how these expert Lao men make machetes. It is the bread and butter for local people. I have recorded a hyper-lapse of machetes making, you can watch it in my  “Lao highlight” on Instagram.

Then continue on to see the beautiful Tad Fan and Tad Nyeuang waterfalls. If you were to choose 2 waterfalls out of all in southern Laos itinerary, I recommend you to chose these two. They are close to each other at KM 38 and KM 40 respectively)


If watching waterfalls is starting to bore you by now, I challenge you to get some nerves, put on your safety helmet and Zipline over those stunning waterfalls. I mean I have done the skydive, and the bungee jump but I was still scared shitless!

Don’t worry if its not your cup of tea, how about the coffee though? Yes, you can have a coffee with or without anyone on a ZIPlINE! how cool is that!

Yes, that is me on the photo above Ziplining. I ticked it off my bucket list but came back with another one – sip coffee in Zipline!

Lmk your experiences if any of you have done the coffee over Zipline thing.


So, after all the fun in the waterfalls, you can go to the Sinouk Coffee Resort for lunch. The food was good there but the coffee was great! You can also walk around the property coffee farm to get the feel of the coffee plantation.


You can travel to Tad Lo National Park via the Teng district. Once there, pass the market at the front and head to the stairs at the end of the path. It may be slippery so, remember to wear good shoes.

Tad Lo waterfall is approx. 80KM out of Pakse city. It is located in the Tad Lo village which is famous for its three beautiful waterfalls. Tad Lo, Tad Hung and Tad Suong Falls.

Tad Lo Waterfalls looks beautiful from the top and from the bottom as well. It flows 500 meters tall and is a picture-perfect setting for a picnic as well. Definitely an Instagram worthy spot.

And to wrap it up, what better way to end this waterfall chasing trip than to visit one final waterfall.

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Tad Hung is located just outside of Paske, in the Tad Lo village. It is spread out but not quite like Li Phi. However, it still has its charms and is a perfect place to just sit, chill, eat and dip in the water. Little far to get to but once you are there, you will be greeted with gorgeous waterfalls and welcomed by the cute little puppy! (depends on your luck on the latter)

For the adventurous one and time-rich, you can spend your days right in front of the Tad Hung waterfalls by staying at one of the few bungalows that face the Tad Hang Stream. This accommodation is  backpacker-oriented , their prices are not expensive and the facilities are ok. But the view and the environment around the Bungalows are what makes it worth it. To reach Tad Hung bungalows just follow the stone path that starts at the bridge to Tad Lo and Tad Hung waterfalls.

As the Lao saying goes, please don’t rush and enjoy the relaxing environment southern Laos has to offer.

I hope this southern Laos itinerary is of use to you.

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18 thoughts on “ 14 must see places for southern laos itinerary ”.

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Oh yea you pretty much covered a great list of things to see and do in southern Laos. Beautiful pics too Anna. Bringing back memories of our trip.

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This looks absolutely incredible. I have always wanted to go to Laos. Those waterfalls looks so gorgeous and that is one long zipline! I do like knowing of the areas that are a little less visited – it’s nice to get some quiet.

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Holy moly! Those views are incredible. I would love to see Laos one day. It’s such a gorgeous area.

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I’ve never been to Laos but it looks beautiful and there definitely looks like theres a lot to do! These pictures are lovely

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What an awesome view! One of my bucket list to visit 4000 islands as last time I was there I couldn’t make it. But I loved Vientine 🙂

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Laos is in my list since 1990, just waiting to gather enough money!

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I’ve never thought about visiting Laos, but after reading your blog post I am DYING to go! Hopefully next year, going to bookmark it for now. Xoxo – Elizabeth

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I just can’t get over how beautiful it is! I’m definitely going to have to put this on my list of places to see one day.

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Wow what a gorgeous place! I learned a lot from this post, thanks for sharing!

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It’s nice to have inside info before we go. The base to and from the island is my favourite tip!

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Wow! Looks like I missed a lot during my stay in Southern Laos. All waterfalls look amazing and Vat Phou looks special. I did a bicycle trip by myself from Phnom Penh in Cambodia and made it all the way to Vientiane in the north of Laos. Visited Pakse and 4000 islands from the list, Don Det was amazing place to spend some relaxing time!

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All of these places are absolutely beautiful! I would love to visit these places someday.

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it’s so beautiful there! Laos has always looked amazing to me

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All of these look like they would be amazing sights. I have always thought that this area was so beautiful.

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I knew the region of Laos was beautiful but honestly I’ve never expected this, it is really amazing!

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This is one of the most comprehensive post on Laos. and It has come at a time when I am planning something in that country , thanks

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Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos and some lovely places to visit. If we travel to Laos I know exactly what I want to visit.

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I am heading there in 2 weeks and was researching where to go in Laos. What a great write-up, going to use it. Thanks, Anna

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I recently read that a new high-speed train route had opened in Laos at the end of 2021. The Lao-China Railway can get you the 150 kilometres from the ancient capital of Luang Prabang north to the Chinese border in just 90 minutes. It carries more than 1.5 million passengers a year, a game-changer for a country with very little transportation infrastructure.

As someone who has visited this remote corner of Laos, I wondered: What fun is that sort of speed when you can take three days to do pretty much the same trip by boat—never knowing if you’ll actually get there?

It was the spring of 2017, and my husband, Jules, and I had just spent two weeks travelling around Laos. We had poked around the humid, sprawling capital, Vientiane, in the south and explored the fascinating Plain of Jars in the middle of the country. We were really enjoying it—the people were kind, and it wasn’t as touristy as we knew Vietnam, the country we planned to visit next, would be.

We saved Luang Prabang , Laos’s historic former capital, for last. Located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Nham Khan rivers, the UNESCO World Heritage Site was quiet, with several gilded Buddhist monasteries. Its well-preserved French colonial buildings date back to the first half of the 20th century, when Laos was part of French Indochina.

We strolled the peaceful back streets and colourful craft markets and climbed Phousi Hill to take in the view. Relaxing at a bistro across from a wat (Buddhist temple), we watched saffron-robed monks stroll by as we enjoyed coffee and croissants, another vestige of France’s colonial regime. At a bamboo-stilted riverfront café we ate traditional Lao larb—spicy ground pork or chicken mixed with fresh seasonings—served with the refreshing local brew, the rice-based Beerlao.

As the sun sank on the Mekong River, we watched multicoloured longboats glide by while the breeze carried the deep, soft sounds of the wats’ gongs. I couldn’t think of a more serene place to spend our final days in Laos.

Then things took a sharp turn. Walking down Luang Prabang’s main drag on our second-last day, Jules spotted a trekking outfitter that offered a multi-day hike among the Akha hill tribes outside the small city of Phongsali. It would mean travelling to the mountainous frontier area near Laos’s northern border with China and Vietnam.

Jules and I had talked about visiting the area once we got to Vietnam. We had seen photos of Akha women wearing silver-beaded head-dresses, and we were intrigued by the fact that the ethnic minority Akha people, along with other tribes living in the mountainous regions of Laos, Myanmar, China and Vietnam, had managed to maintain their traditional way of life.

But we’d been having second thoughts. Though numerous tour companies ran treks to the Akha villages in Vietnam, we weren’t big fans of overly planned group tours. Maybe a hike to the Akha villages in less-touristy Laos, just the two of us with a guide, would be more our style.

“Let’s not go to Vietnam yet,” Jules said. “We should see more of Laos.”

I liked the idea, but I needed to know how we’d get to northern Laos before committing to it. Phongsali was so far away and the roads weren’t great. Our Lonely Planet guidebook had very little information about that part of the country.

Maybe we could go by plane?

At the local tourism office we were told that Lao Airlines did not fly there at that time of year because of thick smoke: It was “burning season” in central Laos, when farmers torch their fields ahead of planting .

We could catch a bus, but it would take 15 hours, much of it on mountainous switchbacks. What was worse, reviews on Trip-Advisor had tales of the bus drivers falling asleep at the wheel. That didn’t sound like much fun.

We called a trekking outfit in Phongsali on WhatsApp. “You might be able to get a riverboat,” the owner, Sivongxay, told us.

“But I’m not sure. Call me if you make it here and we’ll take you on a trek!”

So we would just head into the unknown? I’m the type who likes to plan my journeys, but the idea of travelling by river sounded very appealing. I tamped down my reservations and said to Jules, “Let’s give it a try.”

The local tourist office told us that any boat journey that might get us to Phongsali would be on the Nam Ou River. To get to the river, we’d need to take a four-hour minibus ride to a town called Nong Khiaw. Seemed reasonable.

“And from there?” I asked the young tourism officer.

“I think boats go north, but I don’t know how far,” she responded. We bought the minibus tickets anyway, for the next morning.

That evening in our guesthouse we hit Google to find out about boat rides on the Nam Ou. We had no luck. While there was decent information about the popular tourist regions of Laos, there was hardly anything about the country’s farther reaches.

One reason for this is that some areas are littered with unexploded bombs dropped by the Americans during the Vietnam War, as a deterrent to Viet Cong using the Ho Chi Minh Trail through eastern Laos. Nearly five decades later, the still-live bombs, partially or fully buried, remain a daily danger to farmers and road builders .

Our journey into the unknown had to start somewhere, and the first step was catching the minibus the next morning. We arrived in Nong Khiaw at about noon and walked to the riverboat ticket office. It was closed. But according to a schedule posted outside the office, a boat did head north once a day—and today’s had just departed.

There are worse places to be stuck for a night: Nong Khiaw, which had a population of around 3,500 at the time, was surrounded by misty, jungle-covered limestone karst formations. We spent much of the afternoon exploring the town. Later we found a guesthouse that served noodles and Beerlao, plugged our phone into their speaker system, put on Nova Scotia band Joel Plaskett Emergency’s Ashtray Rock and watched a mother washing clothes in the river while her kids splashed around, jumping to the beat of the music.

The next morning, we arrived at the boat office at 9:30. We were eager to find out how far these boats actually went and where in Laos we might end up sleeping that night. We learned that one leaving at 10:30 would take us to the village of Muang Khua, a five-hour journey.

Would there be another boat from there to Phongsali? We couldn’t get an answer, and our map of Laos, which was short on details, didn’t help. The map did have one important piece of information: Muang Khua had a tourist office. We were confident our questions would be answered once we arrived there that afternoon.

We took the front two seats of the blue wooden longboat and placed our packs at our feet; a dozen young backpackers piled into the boat and sat down behind us. Two hours later, at the first stop, everyone except us got off. With the entire boat to ourselves for the next few hours, we sat back to enjoy the rest of our journey.

And what a journey it was, like something out of an Indochina period film: The Nam Ou was wide, smooth and brown, and the clear sky had a misty quality above the lush banks. We munched on our packed lunch—water, apples and baguettes with Laughing Cow cheese—and sipped boxed red wine from our travel mugs as we slipped past tall, rounded karst landforms and quiet villages of bamboo huts where goats wandered the dusty lanes.

Children shrieked as they ran along the riverbanks in the shallow waters. Mud-covered water buffalo ambled down to cool themselves too. Women filled their woven baskets with the greens they grow on the edge of the river at this time of year, when the water is low.

It was truly a blissful, magical boat trip that we treasure even more now. Because although we didn’t know it at the time, we were among the last to experience this particular river journey, one that people had been taking for centuries. Just eight months later, in late 2017, a massive hydroelectric dam on this stretch of the river would be completed, ending a way of life for several villages whose lifeblood was the Nam Ou.

One by one, dams were being built along the river as part of the Belt and Road initiative , China’s massive international infrastructure program. Many villagers had been relocated, river transport was reduced to the short stretches between the dams, and fishing and local riverside agriculture had taken a hit, reducing local food resources.

We later realized that this was why we had so much trouble finding information about travel on the river: The dams were being built so quickly that it was hard for anyone who didn’t live in the area to know what stage each one was at.

Just before 4:30 p.m. we stepped off the longboat at Muang Khua and walked up the steep road, packs on our backs, in search of the tourist office. We found it—just as the young woman who worked there was locking up. Uh-oh. Still hoping to travel onward that day, we asked, “Is there a boat to Phongsali? A bus?” She shook her head and pointed to a sign that said the tourist office would open at 8 a.m. the next day. We were staying the night.

Walking the dusty roads along with strutting chickens and the odd wandering dog, we came across a concrete bunker of a hotel, checked in, dumped our bags and went in search of a café where we might find other tourists we could ask about getting to Phongsali. We were in luck: At the only place in town with an English menu, we met a British couple in their 60s—and they had just come from Phongsali!

“Don’t take a boat any farther north,” the man warned. They had done it, but to get to the next stretch of the river, they had to bypass one of the massive new dams; they’d spent two hours in the back of a songthaew (a modified pickup truck) on a rough road, hanging on for dear life. The road was packed with heavy trucks loaded with building materials.

“We kept getting hit with gravel coming off the trucks,” the woman explained. “Once you get to the other side of the dam, there’s no guarantee a boat will be waiting to take you the rest of the way. If there isn’t, you’re sleeping on the side of the river.”

Instead, they said, we should take the eight-hour bus trip from Muang Khua to Phongsali. That definitely sounded better.

The next morning, we awoke to the sound of a tinny loudspeaker. It was blaring an authoritative female voice speaking in Lao and some really jarring marching music. We learned later that it was a daily update from the central Communist government.

We got to the tourist office at 8 a.m. on the nose. A dapper middle-aged man arrived and unlocked the door. Luckily for us, he spoke English. “Good morning!” I said with a hopeful smile. “What time is the bus to Phongsali?”

He looked at his watch. “It left at 7:30,” he replied. Jules and I stared at each other, crestfallen. It was the bus from Luang Prabang, the man explained (the 15-hour journey we had earlier decided not to take). It came just once a day.

Now what? “Time to call Sivongxay,” Jules said, referring to the trekking guide we were hoping to meet up with in Phongsali. “Maybe he knows another option.”

Sivongxay paused after Jules explained where we were. “I think there’s a bus that starts in Vietnam and goes through there,” he said. “It comes up here a few times a week. I don’t know if there’s one today. If there is, it’s maybe at noon? Or 2 p.m.? You have to flag it down.”

Full of doubt, but with nothing better to do, we walked to Muang Khua’s main street. Sivongxay had told us to look for a bus with a sign that said “Phongsali” on the front. (Would “Phongsali” be in English letters, Vietnamese characters or Lao script? And would the “bus” be a full- size coach, a minibus or a songthaew? We had no idea what to watch for.)

It was only 8:30 a.m. so we had hours to wait, maybe for nothing. We explored the town on foot, and later that morning we found a spot on the main street with some shade and two small plastic stools, complete with a litter of newborn puppies and their mother underneath. To pass the time, we read our books and drank thick, strong Lao coffee. We negotiated with a woman who lived nearby to use her outdoor bathroom—let’s just say it was rudimentary—in exchange for a few kip (less than one cent Canadian).

But mainly, as the sun moved across the sky, we kept an eye to the east—the direction of the Vietnamese border some 70 kilometres away—watching for buses. There were plenty of all shapes and sizes, most with Lao script on the front. As noon approached, Jules started jumping up to stop buses as they barrelled into town stirring up dust.

“Lodme Phongsali?” he asked the drivers, using the Lao word for “bus.” Each time, the driver shook his head and sped off.

We were pretty much resigned to staying on the plastic stools for the rest of the afternoon, knowing that the bus might not come and we’d be back in the concrete bunker that night. We grabbed a snack for lunch from a nearby vendor and settled in. Then things changed—fast.

Looking up as yet another bus approached, we couldn’t believe our eyes: The sign in the front window read “PHONGSALI.” But it was flying past us. We threw down our lunch, grabbed our packs and scrambled behind the bus, waving frantically in its dust. You can’t imagine our relief when it slowed to a stop.

“Lodme Phongsali?” we asked the driver in unison.

“Yes, each 40,000 kip,” he said— about C$5. After paying, we were waved onto the minibus packed with sacks of rice, construction materials and other goods from Vietnam.

It was the start of another journey into the unknown.

What followed felt like a visit to another planet. We arrived in Phongsali that evening, and the next day we met Zheng, a guide Sivongxay had hired for us. To start our trek to the Akha hill tribes’ region, Zheng (who spoke Lao, English and the Akha language) shepherded us onto a minibus for a half-hour ride to the edge of the Nam Ou River. Yes, we were returning to the same river that had taken us from Nong Khiaw to Muang Khua.

A longboat took us farther north, and we were dropped off after an hour or so at a muddy landing point. Then, with small packs on our backs, up, up we climbed in the sweltering heat through a thickly forested mountainside toward the clouds and the cooler air of the Akha villages, where the views over the green hills are misty.

Over the next three days, we saw no other foreigners. As arranged by Zheng, we stayed with local families in the villages we visited and learned about the traditional existence of the Akha—one in which the men hunt for food with slingshots while the women do just about everything else.

That includes growing cotton, turning it into thread, then using the thread to make fabric. After dying the fabric indigo, they make a long, embroidered jacket that, along with leggings and an elaborate headdress, they wear on their wedding day—and every day after that. The women’s tasks also include collecting water in huge bamboo pipes, which they lug on their backs up the steep hills.

Bathing took place in the centre of each village, with designated hours for women and men to give everyone a measure of privacy. At least that was the theory. Neither Jules nor I was able to wash without drawing a crowd. We did our best to cover ourselves with towels.

Meals, which we ate at people’s homes, consisted of rice, foraged greens and whatever meat was available—often chicken, but we had squirrel soup for dinner once, seated on short stools on a dirt floor while pigs and chickens hovered nearby, waiting for scraps. (Jules was thankful for their services when a squirrel skull ended up on his spoon; he quietly deposited it on the floor behind him.)

To an outsider like me, the lives of the Akha people look difficult. Yet they are managing to keep their culture alive in the quiet hills, up in the clouds, and avoid being assimilated into mainstream Lao, Chinese or Vietnamese societies. Fortunately, in many villages the local chief has a motorbike, giving them access to markets and emergency healthcare when necessary.

I’m thankful to have travelled a lot in my life, and whenever I am asked about memorable trips, I always mention this one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated experience. I am so thankful there was no railway, high-speed or otherwise, to northern Laos back then. Our snap decision to abandon our original plan for one that literally had no road map added a layer to life I didn’t realize I’d enjoy so much.

In the end, the journey was as rich as the destination. By willingly plunging into the unknown, I discovered what truly makes you feel alive: the surprises waiting around the next bend on a river less travelled.

Next, read about 20 of the greatest once-lost cities —and not just Machu Pichu and Pompeii.

The post On a Trek to Northern Laos, Just Getting There Is an Adventure appeared first on Reader's Digest Canada .

Dusk on the Nam Ou River in northern Laos.

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Tadej Pogacar da record al Giro 2024. Tour, Giochi e Vuelta nel mirino: cifre, statistiche e primati che lo consacrerebbero nell'Olimpo del ciclismo

Tadej Pogacar - Giro d'Italia 2024 - Martinsicuro-Fano

È stato un Giro d'Italia 2024 da incorniciare per Tadej Pogacar .

In una stagione che lo ha visto finora trionfare alle Strade Bianche e alla Liegi-Bastogne-Liegi , lo sloveno è vicino al successo della Corsa Rosa alla sua prima partecipazione assoluta della carriera in questa competizione.

La superstrar del ciclismo su strada è quindi pronta a raccogliere l'eredità del connazionale Primoz Roglic , vincitore della rassegna nel 2023 . I due, entrambi a medaglia ai Giochi Olimpici di Tokyo 2020 , non vorranno di certo essere da meno in occasione del prossimo appuntamento a Parigi 2024 .

In attesa della kermesse a cinque cerchi e con un Tour de France 2024 ancora tutto da vivere, non sono pochi i primati battuti e i numeri da record registrati dal corridore classe 1998 nel corso del Giro.

Con la passerella finale a Roma ormai alle porte, scopri le statistiche più significative della stagione del fenomeno 25enne.

  • Giro d'Italia 2024: tutte le classifiche aggiornate della Corsa Rosa LIVE
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Tutti i record di Tadej Pogacar al Giro d'Italia 2024

Di seguito record e statistiche dello sloveno durante la Corsa Rosa.

Tappa 1: Venaria Reale-Torino, media montagna, 140 km ⭐⭐⭐

  • Debutto assoluto nella Corsa Rosa

Tappa 2: San Francesco al Campo–Santuario di Oropa (Biella), media montagna, 161 km ⭐⭐⭐

  • Prima vittoria al Giro della carriera
  • Prima Maglia Rosa della carriera
  • Corridore numero 108 della storia a vincere almeno una tappa in ognuno dei tre Grand Tour
  • Con il successo numero 8, diventa il ciclista con più vittorie in stagione

Tappa 7: Foligno-Perugia, 40,6 km (cronometro individuale) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Primo a vincere una tappa in Maglia Rosa dal 2021

Tappa 8: Spoleto-Prati di Tivo, alta montagna,152 km ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Dopo la vittoria di tappa, sale a 2.40 il vantaggio nella generale: è il margine più ampio dal 2002, quando Jens Heppner a Orvieto era in Rosa con 3.33 su Stefano Garzelli
  • Diventa il primo corridore a conqusitare 3 delle prime 8 tappe di un Giro dal 1987, quando Moreno Argentin tironfò a Borgo Val di Taro, Montalcino e Roccaraso.

Tappa 10: Pompei-Cusano Mutri (Bocca della Selva), media montagna, 142 km ⭐⭐⭐

  • Con otto giorni al comando della graduatoria generale, supera il primato nazionale sloveno di Roglic

Tappa 13: Riccione-Cento, pianeggiante, 179 km ⭐

  • Diventa il terzo tra gli atleti in rosa con almeno 2 minuti di vantaggio sul secondo dopo la tappa numero 13 negli ultimi 10 Giri d’Italia

Tappa 15: Manerba del Garda-Livigno (Mottolino), alta montagna, 222 km ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Dopo la vittoria di tappa, il vantaggio sul secondo diventa di 6.41: da 70 anni non c'era un distacco simile tra i primi due della generale

Tappa 16: Lasa-Santa Cristina Val Gardena (Monte Pana), alta montagna, 118.4 km (partenza originariamente prevista a Livigno, poi modificata) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Quinta vittoria in questo Giro: esclusi i velocisti, non succedeva da 50 anni
  • Quattro successi di tappa in Maglia Rosa: non succedeva dal 1973, quando Eddy Merckx vinse 5 frazioni
  • Quindicesimo giorno in Rosa: sale al 35° posto di tutti i tempi eguagliando l’atleta in attività con più tappe da leader al Giro, ovvero João Almeida
  • Diciannovesimo successo di tappa nei Grandi Giri: raggiunge al secondo posto tra i ciclisti in attività il connazionale Roglic

Tappa 17: Selva di Val Gardena-Passo Brocon, alta montagna, 159 km ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Il vantaggio nella generale sul primo inseguitore (7.42) diventa il secondo più elevato del dopoguerra dopo il 1952, quando Fausto Coppi era in Rosa con 9.18 su Fiorenzo Magni
  • Il sedicesimo giorno in Maglia Azzurra gli consente di raggiungere Marco Pantani al 20° posto di tutti i tempi. Il pirata la indossò tra il 1998 e il 1999

Tappa 18: Fiera di Primiero-Padova, collinare, 171 km ⭐⭐

  • Le 17 maglie Rosa indossate in una sola edizione rappresentano il numero più alto nel XXI secolo e il più elevato dal 1995, quando Tony Rominger arrivò a 21

Tappa 19: Mortegliano-Cima Sappada, media montagna, 157 km ⭐⭐⭐

  • Le 18 maglie Rosa indossate in una sola edizione permettono allo sloveno di raggiungere il francese Jacques Anquetil, che ci riuscì nel lontano 1964

Tappa 20: Alpago-Bassano del Grappa, alta montagna, 184 km ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • Grazie alle 19 maglie Rosa indossate in una sola edizione, supera ufficialmente il primato di Jacques Anquetil e raggiunge Johan de Muynck (1978) ed Evgueni Berzin (1994)
  • Con un vantaggio di 9.56 sul 2°, il 25enne è vicino a firmare il distacco più alto per un successo nella Corsa Rosa dal 1965, quando Vittorio Adorni trionfò con 11.26 su Italo Zilioli
  • Con 5 successi in Rosa, eguaglia il record di Learco Guerra (1934) e Eddy Merckx (1973). Alfredo Binda nel 1927 vinse 11 tappe da leader della generale quando questa maglia non era ancora stata istituita ufficialmente
  • Le 6 vittorie in un solo Giro rappresentano la migliore statistica dal 2004, quando Alessandro Petacchi ne ottenne 9
  • Ciclismo su strada: il calendario completo delle gare maschili e femminili nel 2024

Quali record può ancora battere Tadej Pogacar, tra Grandi Giri e Olimpiadi?

Pogacar ha già all'attivo un primato importante nell'ambito dei Grand Tour.

È infatti il corridore che ha conquistato per più volte (4 in tutto) il primo posto nella classifica giovani delle tre principali corse a tappe (nel suo caso, sempre al Tour de France): 2020, 2021, 2022 e 2023.

Il record della doppietta Giro + Tour

Nella storia del ciclismo, sono stati solamente 10 gli uomini che hanno vinto due grandi corse a tappe nello stesso anno.

  • Jacques Anquetil 2 (Giro+Tour 1964, Tour+Vuelta 1963)
  • Giovanni Battaglini (Giro+Vuelta 1981)
  • Alberto Contador (Giro+Vuelta 2008)
  • Fausto Coppi 2 (Giro+Tour 1949 e 1952)
  • Chris Froome (Tour+Vuelta 2017)
  • Bernard Hinault 3 (Giro+Tour 1982 e 1985, Tour+Vuelta 1978)
  • Miguel Indurain 2 (Giro+Tour 1992 e 1993)
  • Eddy Merckx 4 (Giro+Tour 1970, 1972 e 1974, Giro+Vuelta 1973)
  • Marco Pantani 1 (Giro+Tour 1998)
  • Stephen Roche 1 (Giro+Tour 1987)

Di questi, sono in 7 quindi a essere riusciti a centrare l'accoppiata Giro+Tour nella stessa stagione. Pogacar proverà a entrare già da quest'anno in questa speciale classifica.

Il record della Tripla Corona

Sono 7 anche i corridori che possono vantare almeno un successo in tutti e tre i Grand Tour nell'arco della loro carriera.

  • Jacques Anquetil
  • Alberto Contador
  • Felice Gimondi
  • Chris Froome
  • Bernard Hinault
  • Eddy Merckx
  • Vincenzo Nibali

Contador, Froome e Hinault sono inoltre gli unici corridori ad averli vinti tutti almeno due volte . Nessuno invece li ha mai vinti nell'arco della stessa stagione.

Pogacar secondo i piani originali della stagione, non dovrebbe partecipare alla Vuelta 2024 , ma potrebbe essere un'eventualità da non escludere considerando lo stato di forma dimostrato finora. Lo vedremo tentare l'impresa dopo l'estate?

Il record oro Olimpico + Grande Giro

Sono in 6 i corridori a essere riusciti in questa accoppiata.

  • Ercole Baldini (Italia)
  • Richard Carapaz (Ecuador)
  • Miguel Indurain (Spagna)
  • Primoz Roglic (Slovenia)
  • Jan Ullrich (Germania)
  • Bradley Wiggins (Gran Bretagna)

L'unica atleta capace di prendersi Giro e Giochi nello stesso anno è stata nel 2012, al femminile, l’olandese Marianne Vos . Tra gli uomini, nessuno ci è mai riuscito.

Wiggins è invece l'unico uomo ad aver centrato l'accoppiata Grande Giro e oro a cinque cerchi , grazie al duplice trionfo al Tour de France 2012 e alla cronometro Olimpica di Londra 2012 . Tra strada e pista , il britannico è salito per 8 volte sul podio ai Giochi di cui 5 sul gradino più alto.

Record vittorie al Tour de France

Il record di successi alla Grande Boucle appartiene a tre ciclisti capaci di vincere il trofeo per cinque volte.

  • Jacques Anquetil nel 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963 e 1964
  • Bernard Hinault nel 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 e 1985
  • Miguel Indurain nel 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 e 1995 (l'unico a vincere in cinque anni consecutivi)
  • Eddy Merckx nel 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 e 1974

Un solo corridore ha invece messo in bacheca quattro titoli del Tour.

  • Chris Froome nel 2013, 2015, 2016 e 2017

Tre infine gli atleti che hanno ottenuto tre successi gialli.

  • Louison Bobet (1953, 1954 e 1955)
  • Greg LeMond (1986, 1989 e 1990)
  • Philippe Thys (1913, 1914 e 1920)

Pogacar, al momento a quota due , proverà già nelle prossime settimane a raggiungere questo terzetto per poi tentare, in futuro, di collezionare altri trionfi in terra francese e aggiornare ulteriormente i suoi record.

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Golf: è morto Grayson Murray, vincitore di 2 tornei PGA. Aveva 30 anni

Le cause del decesso non state rese note ma si era ritirato dal Charles Schwab Challenge a Fort Worth, in Texas, spiegando di non essersi sentito bene

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Golf: è morto Grayson Murray, vincitore di 2 tornei PGA. Aveva 30 anni

Lutto nel mondo del golf. È morto Grayson Murray, 30 anni, due volte vincitore sul PGA Tour; lo ha reso noto il Commissioner del PGA Tour, Jay Monahan. Il golfista americano, classe 1993, combatteva contro problemi di alcol e depressione: aveva giocato il primo round e parte del secondo nel Charles Schwab Challenge di questa settimana, ma si era ritirato ieri dall'evento dopo 16 buche. Murray aveva vinto da esordiente il Barbasol Championship nel 2017 e il Sony Open 2024 alle Hawaii.

«Siamo rimasti devastati nell'apprendere - e abbiamo il cuore spezzato nel condividerlo - che il giocatore del PGA Tour Grayson Murray è morto questa mattina», ha detto Monahan nella sua nota.

«Sono senza parole. Il PGA Tour è una famiglia e quando perdi un membro della tua famiglia, non sei più lo stesso. Piangiamo Grayson e preghiamo per il conforto dei suoi cari. Ho contattato i genitori di Grayson per offrire le nostre più sentite condoglianze e durante quella conversazione ci hanno chiesto di continuare con il gioco dei tornei. Erano fermamente convinti che Grayson avrebbe voluto che lo facessimo».

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