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Things to do in Laos

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Laos. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Laos attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Laos to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Laos.

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  • Adventures by Disney

    Family-focused, immersive trips range from spotting scarlet-throated frigate birds in the Galápagos to lessons in kite making in China. New trips f... More
  • Caruso Lao Home Craft

    Owner Sandra Yuck sells high-quality silk brocades and Western-inspired tableware made from Laotian woods. More
  • Darlene Ravin

    Years as agent: 14. Other specialties: Southeast Asia, North Africa, Luxury, Cruises. Consulting fee: From $100. More
  • Diane Embree

    Years as agent: 36. Specialties: Indonesia. Consulting fee: Varies. More
  • OckPopTok

    A wonderful textile boutique; owners Joanna Smith and Veomanee Duangdala will ship purchases to the U.S. Pick up the handwoven, natural-dyed textil... More
  • Pak Ou Caves

    High above the water, along steep steps cut into the pocked limestone cliffs, there are caves in which for centuries the faithful have placed Buddh... More
  • Royal Palace (National Museum)

    The palace itself is a cruciform building that was constructed in 1904 for a francophone king who fathered 50 children and that is perhaps most fam... More
  • Sandee Litwin

    Travel agency owner Sandee Litwin has nearly three decades of experience in the travel industry. With particular expertise in upscale luxury cruise... More
  • Silver Smith

    Work by the area’s most notable silversmith, Phothisack Rattanakone, can be found here. More
  • Vat Phou

  • Wat Nong Sikhounmuang

    One of the city’s oldest temples, dating back to 1729, with a dramatic three-tiered roof. More
  • Wat Xieng Thong

    Temple dating back to the 16th century, set in a garden on the bank of the Mekong River. Located at the end of Souvannakhamphong Rd. More
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