Best things to do in Laos: 5 Must-Visit Places

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Guest post by: @thatwanderlustboho

Laos, a landlocked country filled with incredible mountains surrounded by stunning mist, famed for its spectacular waterfalls and natural scenery, a place packed with adventure.

Laos is the perfect place for backpackers wanting to explore. Check out the best things to do in this guide!

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Where to stay in Laos

We have grouped together the best Hostels in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng: powered by Hostelworld!


HostelNoteRatingPrice (USD)
Petit EspaceNew hostel, good reviews9.2/10from $10Book now
Lao Lao HostelNew hostelfrom $10Book now
Dream Home Hostelover 2500 reviews8.5/10from $7Book now

Luang Prabang:

HostelNoteRatingPrice (USD)
City Central HostelPerfect location9.2/10from $10Book now
Mad MonkeyPool, Party hostel9.3/10from $7Book now
Riverside Pool HostelPool & free breakfast8.5/10from $7Book now

Vang Vieng:

HostelNoteRatingPrice (USD)
Nana Backpackers HostelBest Party Hostel in town9.2/10from $5Book now
Rock Backpackers HostelFree breakfast8.7/10from $5Book now
Easy Go HostelGreat view!8.5/10from $5Book now

How to get around in Laos

Getting around Laos is relatively easy. Many things are within walking distance but hiring a scooter is so cheap to get around you should take advantage.

Enjoy the winding roads and stunning scenery while you travel to your destination.

Scooter rental for 1 day costs- 80,000- 100,000 Kip ($9-11 USD)

How to Get around in Laos

5 Best things to do in Laos

So here we are, find the 5 things you cannot miss in Laos

1 – Kuang Si Falls

One of the top things to do in Luang Prabang is Kuang Si falls. Head here for the day and explore this natural wonder.

Kuang Si waterfalls are situated 45 minutes from Luang Prabang Centre. Head there by scooter for a mini morning adventure as you drive along the winding road passing through villages and beautiful scenery.

Kuang Si Falls, one of the best places to visit in Laos


Entrance fee- 20,000 Kip ($2.50 USD)

Opening time- 8am-5:30pm


2 – Mount Phousi

A mountain in the middle of a small city and only a 10-minute walk from most accommodations. Mount Phousi is a religious mountain with temples at the top. Tourists head here for sunset and it’s not hard to see why: the view is breathtaking.

Go here for sunrise to enjoy the view in peace without the crowds.

Mount Phousi Laos


Entrance fee- 20,000 Kip ($2.50 USD)

Opening times- 5:30am-6pm


3 – Cave Exploring

Something Laos isn’t short on is caves. There are many caves to explore but Jang Cave is one of the most popular. A staircase leading into the mountain, as you climb to the top you’ll see the cave entrance. Inside of the cave, the walkways lead you around the cave-like a maze. If it’s a hot day take a dip in the freshwater lagoon at the entrance. It’s very serene & peaceful.

To get here is a short walk from Vang Vieng town and you must cross the orange bridge to enter.


Bridge costs- 5,000 Kip ($0.70 USD)

Entrance fee- 20,000 Kip ($2.50 USD)

Opening times- 8am-5pm


4 – Nam Xay Viewpoint

A stunning 360° view of the valley below, rice fields, lush greenery and magical mist. To get to the top requires a 500m steep hike so wear sensible footwear. Once at the top, the view is mesmerising but you can also chill in the little hut made by the local farmers. Travelling there is an added bonus as the road leading to Nam Xay winds through villages and farmlands. Aim to do this for sunrise and you might catch the odd hot air balloon and fiery sunrise.


Entrance fee- 10,000 Kip ($1.20 USD)


5 – Secret Blue Lagoon

Not many things remain a secret these days but the Blue Lagoons are still pretty unknown to the masses. There are 6 Lagoons in total, 1 being the closest and busiest and 6 being the furthest away and quietest. Here is Blue Lagoon 3, it’s off the beaten track and you can enjoy this place all by yourself if you head there early enough. Enjoy the peaceful scenery, have fun on the zip wire and swing or go explore the nearby caves. This place is not to be missed.

Secret Blue Lagoon Laos


Entrance fee- 20,000 Kip ($2.50 USD)

Parking fee- 2,000 Kip ($0.20 USD)


Author Bio:

Hannah Jean is a content creator & writer travelling with her partner, Max. Together they have travelled through S.E. Asia, Fiji & are now road tripping through Australia.

Hannah is passionate about travelling responsibly & mindfulness. She is intent on inspiring her followers to make mindful travel choices & to live in the moment.

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