HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaLaosLaos – 5 Best Places to Visit for First-timersWhere to go in Laos? See the landlocked country’s best mountain views, colonial cities, riverside scenery, heritage sites & things to do for first-time travelers. By Marcos Detourist. Updated on January 15, 2017.Landlocked Laos is not the easiest to get to in Southeast Asia.But don’t miss it if you want to avoid crowded cities, enjoy extremely laid-back countrysides, and see nature.Inspire your adventure to Laos with these must-visit places and top things to do for first-time travelers.1. Luang Prabang Monk apprentices at the riverside in Luang Prabang, Laos Kuang Si WaterfallPak Ou Caves Why go — Luang Prabang in Northern Laos is the country’s most popular tourist attraction. This laid-back town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exquisite Buddhist temples, French colonial buildings, and riverside setting. There’s also a lot to do and see in the area like waterfalls, caves, hiking, and slow boat cruises.Plan a tripLuang Prabang hotels & hostels.See more — Luang Prabang blogs & guides.2. Muang Ngoi & Nong Khiaw Overlooking Muang Ngoi Neua in Ngoi, Laos Muang Ngoi Neua FerryNam Ou River Why go — If you want to go deep into the cultural and natural landscapes, go off-the-beaten-path in Northern Laos. Nong Khiaw is one beautiful place to enjoy the riverside scenery dominated by monolith karst cliffs. Go farther down the river onboard a local slow boat to Muang Ngoi Neua and go trekking around off-the-grid farming villages.Plan a tripNong Khiaw hotels & hostels, Muang Ngoi hotels & hostels.See more — Nong Khiaw blogs & guides, Muang Ngoi blogs & guides.3. Bolaven Plateau & Champasak Tat Fane Waterfall in Bolaven Plateau, Champasak, Laos Tad Yuang Waterfall Why go — Champasak Province in Southern Laos is the place to go if you love to see nature! The Bolaven Plateau is worth visiting for its majestic waterfalls, some of the most beautiful in Laos and maybe even Southeast Asia. Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) is another popular place in Champasak, but only go there for serious riverside relaxing. For a change of scenery, Vat Phu located near Pakse (the main city) is worth a peek for its ancient temple ruins.Plan a tripChampasak hotels & hostels, Pakse hotels & hostels, Paksong hotels & hostels.See more — Champasak blogs & guides, Bolaven Plateau blogs & guides.4. Vang Vieng View along the bicycle trail in Vang Vieng, LaosWhy go — Vang Vieng is infamous as a major party town, but even if you don’t go there to party, the natural scenery is worth at least a day of sightseeing. Take a bicycle and follow the village roads that pass through rice paddies surrounded by steep jungle-covered limestone karst formations.Plan a tripVang Vieng hotels & hostels.See more — Vang Vieng blogs & guides.5. Vientiane Patuxai Victory Monument in Vientiane, Laos Pha That Luang Why go — Vientiane is probably the most laid-back capital city in Southeast Asia. This is a good thing if you want to relax while enjoying the convenience of the big city. If you have a day to spend in Vientiane, check out the Patuxai Victory Monument and Pha That Luang (National Symbol of Laos). Or, simply watch the sunset along the peaceful Mekong riverside.Plan a tripVientiane hotels & hostels.See more — Vientiane blogs & guides.Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.Don’t leave yet. There’s more!32 Photos of Laos that Answered My Call for Adventure10 Reasons to Stay in Mua Cave Ecolodge, Ninh Binh20 Cool Places on the Cordillera Heritage Warrior Caravan…Indonesia – 13 Best Places & Islands to Visit forDiscover more blogs and travel tips in:Muang Ngoi NeuaLaosVientianeVang ViengNong KhiawLuang PrabangChampasakBolaven PlateauSoutheast AsiaAsia See all placesFind more posts about:Best PlacesBest TravelBest Things To DoLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Adventure Starts HereDiscover travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.