Must Sees in Laos
Most people when visiting Laos start in Vientiane (Capital) and head north to Vang Vieng (Drunken Tubing Adventure) and then onwards to Luang Prabang.
Kong Lo Cave is a bit off the beaten track, but it can be an interesting stop if in the area.
While these are considered the must sees in Laos, I plan to only attend Luang Prabang.
With that said, I will tell you the highlights of the other places.
This is the capital of Laos. The main attraction is Pha That Luang. This is the most important monument in all of Laos.
This river use to equal debauchery.
There were bars all along the river and people would get wasted.
Supposedly in October/November 2013, they shut down most of the bars. You can still get a couple of beers, but it is nothing like it use to be.
Here are some articles explaining that it got shut down:
There are flights from Hanoi (Laos Airlines/Vietnam Airlines) and Vientiane to Luang Prabang.
There is Wat Xien Thong temple where a reclinging Buddha statue resides.
By many individuals, it is the most popular tourist attraction in Laos. Until 1975, when the communists took over, it was the capital.
At dawn, monks from various monasteries walk around collecting alms for rice.
I think only a day to day and half is all that is needed in Luang Prabang.
Kong Lo Cave
This is not on the main route.
It is a karst formation cave located in Phu Hin Bun National Park.
Cave is deep at 7 km long.
The itinerary is pretty basic with spending only a day to 1.5 days in Laos.