Highlights of Southern Laos

The low lying, fertile lands of the Mekong plains give rise to a tropical laid back atmosphere in much of southern Laos. Life is blissfully unhurried, from the sleepy capital Vientiane, to the thousands of islands on the Cambodian border in the far south. This region is also home to some of the country’s most fascinating sites, including the UNESCO protected pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Phou, and the unsung beauty and intriguing culture of Khammouane province. 

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Champasak, Laos
Champasak is the main gateway to such treasures of Southern Laos as Wat Phou & the 4000 Islands. The streets of the province's capital still retain an air of the region's colonial past, with faded French buildings nestled alongside traditional Laos stilt houses.
4000 Islands, Laos
In Laos’ far south, near the Cambodian border lies a stretch of the Mekong home to thousands of islands. The largest of these islands are inhabited and are a wonderful place to relax, soak up the exotic scenery and observe a fascinating way of life.
Kong Lor Cave, Laos
Located in the mountainous terrain of the little-visited Khammouane province, Kong Lor is a spectacular 7km long cavern with a navigable river running through its length which leads to a remote village.
Thakhek, Laos
Thakhek, capital city of Khammouane Province, was an important stop on the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. The town’s colonial past is kept alive by the splendid, though dilapidated, colonial buildings and broad tree-lined avenues.
Bolaven Plateau, Laos
The Bolaven plateau is a very fertile plain to the north of Pakse that is renowned for the quality of its coffee.  It is also home to a variety of distinctive ethic tribes, and some impressive natural scenery, including the dramatic waterfalls at Tat Lo & Tat Fan.
Vientiane, Laos
With barely half a million inhabitants Vientiane is the smallest capital in Southeast Asia and as a result has a very relaxed feel to it. The riverside location and combination of local & French influence on the architecture gives the city a unique charm.  
Wat Phou, Champasak, Laos
The most important attraction in southern Laos, this pre-Angkorian temple is now a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site. The Wat stood unused for centuries because it is a Hindu temple in what became a devoutly Buddhist land.