Exploring the treasures of Laos with its ancient towns, Laoatian culture, splendid natural scenery and inherent charms is one experience of a lifetime. Places to see include Vientiane, the small town of Luang Prabang, famous shrines of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Visoun, a piece of the Mekong River.
Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. Despite being the largest city in Laos, it still retains the comfort and charm of a small town. One of Asia’s most relaxed and quiet capital cities, Vientiane is nestled in fertile plains on the banks of the Mekong River. Many buildings reflect the country’s past links with Europe, such as the old French colonial houses. Its ancient name is Viengchan, the city of santal and was also known as the city of the moon, so named because it lies along a curve of the Mekong River which resembles the crescent moon. The city is growing rapidly and construction is visible everywhere, with new roads and new buildings appearing regularly. As of yet however, the skyline remains largely unscathed by the towering skyscrapers seen in other capital cities across Asia.
The ancient town of Luang Prabang situated in northern Laos, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The city is considered by many travelers and writers as being the heart of Laotian culture, the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. The tiny town is encircled by mountains and is 700 metres above sea level at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. It is one of the few places where you feel that this is the genuine article and one that retains its unique ambiance. Even though the town is well and truly on the tourist trail, it has nonetheless managed to preserve its natural splendor and inherent charm.