Welcome to Southern Laos
Kayaking or bicycling around these bucolic islands is the signature southern Laos experience, but the rest of this incredibly diverse region – home to Angkorian temples, highland cultures, huge waterfalls, prime trekking, and raw off-the-beaten-track experiences – remained off the radar until recently. Exploring the area by rented motorbike makes for a very rewarding trip.
No longer just the realm of backpackers, southern Laos now has a scattering of upscale rural lodges and boutique hotels. New highways and dams are changing the landscape forever, so hurry up and get here now.