Top things to do in Southern Laos

Top Choice Ruins in Wat Phu World Heritage Area

Wat Phu Champasak

Bucolic Wat Phu sits in graceful decrepitude, and while it lacks the arresting enormity of Angkor in Cambodia, given its few visitors and more dramatic natural setting, these small Khmer ruins evoke a more soulful r…
Top Choice Waterfall in Si Phan Don

Khon Phapheng Falls

More a glorified set of rapids than a waterfall, but oh how glorious it is. The largest, and by far the most awesome, waterfall anywhere along the Mekong, Khon Phapheng is pure, unrestrained aggression as millions o…
Top Choice Waterfall in Don Det & Don Khon

Tat Somphamit

Now billing itself as the Don Khone Somphamit Waterfalls Park, vast Tat Somphamit (also called Li Phi) is a gorgeous set of raging rapids. Recent developments include clear walking paths and the Mekong Fly zip line.…
Top Choice Waterfall in Paksong Area

Tayicseua

There are seven significant waterfalls (none of them named Tayicseua) and several smaller ones at this remote, but easily accessible private nature reserve. Some sit right near the restaurant-parking area while othe…
Top Choice Waterfall in Paksong Area

Tat Fan

Tat Fan is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Laos. Twin streams plunge out of dense forest and tumble down more than 120m to form the Huay Bang Lieng. Early morning and late afternoon have the best sunlight,…
Top Choice Waterfall in Tat Lo

Tat Soung

Tat Soung is a 50m drop over the edge of the Bolaven Plateau, and though the dam has damaged these falls more than the others – slowing them to a trickle for most of the year – you can walk around the rocky top of t…
Top Choice Laotian in Pakse

Daolin Restaurant

Overlook the traffic noise – this popular restaurant has great food and service. It has some of the best Thai food in town and is a great introduction to Lao food, with set meals of sticky rice, steamed veggies, chi…
Top Choice International in Don Det & Don Khon

Chez Fred et Lea

This cafe and 'salon de thé' serves organic coffees and teas, as well as top-quality Lao and Western cuisine that you won't find elsewhere on the island. There are no river views, but the Lao–French couple who runs …
Top Choice Laotian in Champasak

Nakorn Cafe Restaurant

A pleasant melange of classy and casual, this riverside restaurant has a small mixed menu that covers duck láhp to chicken green curry to tuna sandwiches. There's some Belgian beers on the menu, and also plenty of l…
Top Choice Laotian in Don Det & Don Khon

Little Eden Restaurant

Catching the breeze from the tip of the island, Little Eden's perfectly placed waterfront restaurant is one of the best spots to eat upmarket Lao and Western cuisine. Think tender duck à l'orange, spaghetti bolognes…