Visit Worth Seeing Cities in Laos

Here you will find study trips and round trips through the metropolises of the country Laos.

Luang Prabang

As part of a study trip, visit Luang Prabang (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the former capital of Laos and at the same time a city of French colonial architecture, golden temples and countless pagodas! Admire the most important sights of Luang Prabang on a city trip and visit the Royal Palace (currently the National Museum), the temple complexes Vat Xienthong, Vat Visounarath, That Makmo, Mount Phousi, the night market, etc. Enjoy a city trip Luang Prabang, a small town on the Mekong River!


According to topschoolsintheusa, the metropolis, in whose catchment area around 750,000 people live, has been the capital of Laos since 1975. Vientiane is not only the economic but also the cultural and political center of the People’s Republic. For example, more than 25 percent of all medium-sized companies are located here. In addition, the National University of Laos is the only university here that offers its students the chance of a successful life.
If you want to get an impression of the country and understand the way of life of the inhabitants, you have to experience the pulsating big city. Vientiane is changing. Much has not necessarily become more beautiful. Colonial buildings have disappeared and modern but ugly concrete structures have been added. Nevertheless, the Lao capital Vientiane is worth a visit.

What sights and attractions does Vientiane offer?

The National Museum is a must for visitors. Many documents, photos and other items are important witnesses of the turbulent and not always peaceful history of the country. Of course, you can buy local jewelry in the souvenir shop there, which turns out to be an ideal souvenir for friends and relatives.
The Patou Sayis a replica of the triumphal arch in Paris and is located in the city center. Free concerts often take place there in the evening, which further enhance the cultural offerings and also offer poorer classes an opportunity to spend their free time. The monument was erected as a memorial to the freedom fighters who campaigned for independence from France and in many cases paid with their lives for their convictions.

Those interested in fashion will find a place for themselves in the Textile Museum, which will inform them about traditional clothing styles. Pieces that are up to 150 years old are exhibited there and prove how diverse and high-quality the range of goods was a long time ago.
The Wat Si Saket is the oldest Buddhist monastery of the city, which King Anouvong donated his subjects in the 1818th More than 2,000 Buddha sculptures made of silver or ceramic are at home here.
The Thai-Laotian Friendship Bridge is an architectural masterpiece. With a length of more than 1,700 m, it spans the Mekong and connects the two nations that are closely linked economically.

Many of the sights can also be explored on a city tour.

  • Vat Chan, where there is a night market from 5 p.m.
  • Xieng Nyeun
  • Statue of Anouvong
  • Vat Si Saket
  • Vat Si Muang
  • Lane Xang Ave
  • Patuxai
  • That Luang


When approaching Phonsavan, one approaches a landscape full of scars with small and large craters, some very bare, others sparsely overgrown, marked by square red patches of earth that are reminiscent of bomb craters and swallow traps.

In the northeast of Laos lies the province of Xieng Khouang, once a stronghold of the Pathet Lao and probably the most bombed piece of earth during the Vietnam War. Locals call their city the Plain of Scares.

Up until the Vietnam War, Muang Khoun was the capital of Xieng Khouang and in early times the junction of important trade routes in Asia.
In 1970, after devastating destruction, the city comes to life under the name Phonsavan. Phonsavan is a young city. It is picturesquely situated in the middle of green hills and pine forests at an altitude of 1200 meters.
In today’s capital, tourism is the driving force. Dead straight, wide streets, lined with markets, shops and guest houses invite you to linger. Tourists admire the city’s new splendor after heavy shelling by American forces.
Among the locals, Phonsavan experiences more of the character of an administrative center.
On the other hand, the inhabitants speak visibly with pride of Muang Khoun, the old center of the Tai Principality. However, only three ruins testify to the existence of the former royal city. However, these are well worth a visit and can be easily reached from Phonsavan for a day trip.

Mystical mood on the level of the clay jars

According to topschoolsintheusa, numerous legends and secrets entwine around the huge stone urns, which are spread over the highlands around Phonsavan. There are said to be four thousand of these mysterious vessels in the region. In front of a great mountain backdrop, enigmatic jugs exert a fabulous attraction. Sometimes thick or thin-walled, sometimes angular, sometimes round and some up to three meters high, the approximately 2000 to 2500 year old vessels are distributed over the plain. No one knows exactly what purpose these jugs once served and how they were brought here. Locals associate the origins with a big feast that the Chinese King Khun Jeuang is said to have hosted in the 6th century. However, it is also assumed that the clay jugs are urns or coffins. Jat Site 1 is the province’s most visited pitcher field. Right at the beginning is the Hai Jeuam, the largest jug with a height of 3.25 meters. On the way to further hills you will come across bomb craters that testify to fighting, trenches as well as gravestones and ornate stone disks. Over bumpy hills, along tranquil rice fields and pastures, you finally reach the most scenic hill, the Jat Site 3.

Phonsavan Laos