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Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around Laos.

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Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang
With its brew of gleaming temple roofs, crumbling French provincial architecture and multiethnic inhabitants, Luang Prabang is a must-see for any visit to Laos.
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Vientiane, Laos
Laos' capital city certainly doesn't feel like any other in Asia, rather like a large town. This is the place to see Laos' most important national symbol Pha Tat Luan.
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Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng is a great place to visit for a few days. The scenery is absolutely stunning and there are plenty of activities on offer such as tubing, kayaking and rock climbing.
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Phonsovan and the Plain of Jars, Laos
Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars
Phonsovan and the nearby Plain of Jars is well worth a look during your time in Laos. The 2000 year old jars set amongst the rice paddies are wonderfully mysterious, while the town of Phonsovan is surrounded by beautiful scenery and emanates a bucolic charm.
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Luang Namtha, Laos
Luang Namtha
Luang Nam Tha itself is a quiet, ordered town filled with quietly humming businesses and residences. You can easily take a trek into the Nam Ha NPA to explore a patchwork of rich rice paddies and ethnically diverse villages.
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Boloven waterfalls, Laos
Boloven plateau
The Boloven Plateau is famous for its cool climate, dramatic waterfalls, fertile soil and minority villages.
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Sipandone, Laos
Sipandone (4000 islands)
One of the best rural destinations in the south. During the dry season, when water-levels have slowly dropped, many of the islands emerge from the river and approximately 4000 islands are created.
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Sam Neua, Laos
Sam Neua
A bit of a frontier town, you'll probably stay in Sam Neaua if you're planning to travel to or from Vietnam. You can also visit the nearby caves at Viengxai.
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This guide to travelling in Laos was contributed by Laos Travel Plan

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