Day Trips in Vientiane

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Nam Ngum Dam

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The dam and its turbines, about 90 kilometres from Vientiane, direction Luang Prabang, generate electricity for much of the country. The area is very picturesque. Hundreds of islets are scattered all over the lake. In some places enormous tree trunks jut out of the water. Boat tours on the lake are a favourite pastime. Take an early bus from the Morning Market, you can hire a motorcycle to get there but it is not recommended since it is quite far and your body will be in pain from the trip.

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Stone Forest

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A new destination for nature lovers in Laos is “Hinboun” or “Stone Forest”, located half way between Vientiane and Savannakhet, which takes around 5-6 hours from each town. Excursion can be made by boat, by bicycle or trekking to nearby caves and villages.

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Vang Xang

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The ruins of this Mon temple, are by the road from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, some 66 kilometres from Vientiane. Vang Xang was built in the 11th century when Buddhist Mon and Hindu Khmer ruled Southeast Asia. Five Buddha statues remain. Allegedly, they stood on a former elephant cemetery.

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