Almost all tourists who head off on vacation to discover the fascinating Laos follow the so-called “Banana Pancake Trail”. Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang are the most visited cities. Tourism is well developed in these places. There are hotels of all categories, international airports and luxurious restaurants.
But instead of just following the Banana Pancake Trail from Luang Prabang in the north to the 4000 islands in the south, you should make a couple of stops to not only get a glimpse of the authentic Laos, but also to experience its beautiful nature.
The city of Phonsavan is unknown to many. However, anyone who hears about the field of jars is more likely to know whats talked about. It is this mystical plain with thousands of stone jugs that lies near the city of Phonsavan. Listen to the legends and take some unforgettable photos without any crowds of tourists.
From Vientiane, on the way south, you should plan a stop over in the city of Thakhek. Colorful colonial villas and romantic temples can be found in the former trading town. The city is located directly on the Mekong and borders to Thailand. In the evening you can watch a stunning sunset over the Mekong or rather the border with Thailand. The best way to explore the mountainous landscape of Thakhek with incredible karst caves is on a moped.
Between Thakhek and the 4000 islands, a short stay in Pakse is highly recommended. The third largest city in the country in the Bolaven Plateau shines with the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos. Untouched nature and extensive coffee and tea plantations surround the city. On a short hike you can discover the Tad Fane, Tad Lo, Tad Suong and Tad Hang waterfalls hidden in the rainforest. A refreshing dip in the natural pool completes the trip!