Laos is an excellent destination to visit in Southeast Asia, and it is popular with many types of travellers. There are many things to see, do, ad experience that will make for some beautiful memories when you go home. Below are some of the cities you should ensure you visit when you travel to Laos, so you experience everything this fascinating country has to offer.

The Capital City: Vientiane

When you visit a country for the first time, it is always an excellent idea to visit the capital city, so no visit to Laos is complete without stopping off in Vientiane. The city nestles the Mekong River, and there is a wealth of architecture and culture available in the capital. You will also find plenty of attractions to keep you busy and delicious food and drink are in abundance. When you are looking for the best places to go in Laos, you will not be disappointed with Vientiane.

Huay Xai

Huay Xai is on the border with Thailand, so it is a busy little town, but most people travel through it rather than to it. You will find a laid-back lifestyle in this tranquil town, and there are a variety of bars and restaurants you can visit. Many people travelling to this town will jump on one of the river cruises on their way to Luang Prabang, which is also another fantastic city to visit.

Luang Prabang

Whether you travel to Luang Prabang via rover boat or take an overland route, Luang Prabang has a charm all its own. It was formerly the capital city of Laos up until 1975, and it straddles the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. There is plenty of architecture to enjoy and many temples that you can visit while you are there. You will find a relaxed atmosphere perfect for sitting outside and enjoying some tasty food and a few drinks while you watch the world go past.

Luang Namtha

If you love the mountains, a visit to Luang Namtha in the country’s north may be right up your street. It is the largest city in north-western Laos and has borders with Myanmar and China and two provincial borders with Bokeo and Oudomxay provinces. It makes up part of the infamous golden triangle, and there are plenty of attractions in the area. You can go trekking, hire mountain bikes, enjoy a motorbike tour, or go zip lining through the jungle. There are also lots of temples, bars, and restaurants in the town so you can rest assured you will have a fantastic time when you visit Luang Namtha.