Laos is one of the countries located in the South East Asia. Laos is a well known country for its cultural heritages which consists of numerous majestic temples. Now it’s unsurprising fact that these numerous temple has been the most visited places for the foreign and domestic tourists. If we talking about the tourism potential of Laos, we can’t discussed only the temples which are located in here because Laos definitely have more tourism places that we need to visit again and again. There are a lot of tourism places that you can visit in here because if we are looked at the geographical aspect, Laos is surrounded by the South East Asian mountainous area. Laos is also crossed by the Mekong River and it’s also been made as the tourism spot from the government. The remains of historical buildings in Laos is spreaded around the city. Laos is definitely worth to visit. If you have a plan to go to this exotic country, you better read this article first, because I will present to you the top 10 most visited tourism places in Laos. Check this one out!
1. Phat That Luang
Alright, here we go, our first destination is Phat That Luang. Phat That Luang is a huge Buddhist temple coated in gold, wait what? Yes, it’s gold. This temple is located in the city of Vientiane, Laos. Since the beginning of this temple was built in the third century, Phat That Luang is being renovated for several times until in 1930. Invasion of the other country is also the reason why this temple is being renovated. Phat That Luang is considered as the national monument and the most important is, Phat That Luang is the national symbol of Laos. According to the national tribes of Lao, Phat That Luang is designed as a Hindu temple in the third century. This temple architecture is involving a lot of cultural references and it has become the national symbol of Laos. Phat That Luang is consists of three stages which are explains the reflection of Buddhist doctrines. So, are you ready to explore the temple of gold?
2. Buddha Park
Done with the temple of gold, now we better moved to another popular destination in Laos. Our next destination is Buddha Park. Buddha Park is also well known as Xieng Khuan. This is a park full with the statues of Buddha. Buddha Park is located in the southeast of Vientiane. However, you will not find any temples in here. The reason why this place is called Xieng Khuan is, this park is contains with many different kinds of religious elements. Buddha Park has more than 200 statues of Buddha and Hindu so the Laos government made this park as one of their tourism destination. The looks of these statues resemble the statues from 17-18th century. Well, actually these statues are recently made in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat.
4. Wat Si Saket
Alright, after we have already spent our day from the Buddha Park, let’s head on the next destinations. Our next destination in the Laos is Wat Si Saket. Wat Si Saket is a Buddhist temple located in Vientiane. Wat Si Saket was built in 1818 as the following order from King Anouvong ( Sethathitrath V). The architecture of Wat Si Saket is influenced with Buddha and it has Siamese style. Wat Si Saket has a long wall consist of 2.000 pieces of ceramics and silvers with the picture of Buddha on each piece. Wat Si Saket has a museum on it.
5. Bolaven Plateau
Our next tourism destination in Laos is Bolaven Plateau. Bolaven Plateau is a highland located between the Annamite Mountainous area and the border between Laos and Vietnam. The altitude is approximately 1.000 until 1.350 meter above the sea level. This highland is crossed by several river and beautiful waterfalls. The name of Bolaven is coming from Laven which are the name of historic ethnical group populating the area. Baloven Plateau has been the most visited destination in Laos as they have numerous waterfalls on it. The most popular waterfall in Bolaven Plateau is Tad Lo. The rich kind of flora around Tad Lo is the reason why this waterfall is popular although the height of this waterfall isn’t that high compared with the other waterfall.
6. Phu Chi Fa
Alright, I think it’s enough with the waterfall because I’m going to invite you to another popular destination in Laos. Our next destination is Phu Chi Fa. Phu Chi Fa is the name of mountain and national park located in the border of Laos and Thailand. The tourists will be amazed by the scenery and you will be feeling like in the sky because Phu Chi Fa is the highest place in Laos. The best time to visit Phu Chi Fa is at the morning. You will definitely see the amazing sight of sunrise in Phu Chi Fa.
7. Vat Phou
Alright, let’s head back to the downhill because there are more places that we need to visit. Vat Phou is our next destination. Vat Phou is a Khmer Hindu temple. Vat Phou is located in the Phu Khao Mountain. It’s about 6 km from Mekong River in the Champasak Province. The temple is originated from the fifth century but unfortunately, now the remains of the fifth century temple is gone now. Luckily, we can still look at the temple structures from the 11th to 13th century. This temple has a unique structure and it become the center of Buddhist religious activity until today. Vat Phou is stated as the World Heritages Cultures in 2001 by UNESCO and Vat Phou is one of the main tourism destinations in Laos.
Now we are already arrived at the end of our journey in Laos. Our last destination in Laos is Patuxai. Patuxai means the Victory Gate. Patuxai is the South East Asian version of Arc du Triompe in France. Patuxai is known as the Anosavari Monument. Patuxai is a war monument located in Vientiane. Patuxai was built in 1957-1968. Patuxai was built to honoring the fallen heroes for taking the Laos independence from France. Patuxai is the popular destination in Laos.