As a wedding venue, there are fewer places in the world more exotic than Laos. Better yet, this tropical wonderland doubles as the perfect honeymoon destination after your wedding! From hidden bays and gorgeous beaches to lively, night-lit street vendors selling all kinds of textiles and every type of seafood you can imagine, from mountaintop temples to edgy nightclubs, Laos is a paradise equally perfect for adventurers and luxury seekers alike.
For many years, the landlocked country had been closed to international tourists, but has since opened up. This means much of the land here remains untouched and undeveloped. So if your dream wedding is one where you’re surrounded by pristine natural scenery and breathtaking backdrops, Laos is the place to visit.
In a nation with endless treasures to behold, choosing what to do while you’re here is no easy task. Fear not, however, we are here to help! Here are seven of our favourite amazing things to see and do during your post-wedding honeymoon adventure in beautiful tropical Laos.
Bathing Under Kuang Si Falls
These stunning falls form one of the most romantic spots in all of northern Laos. Located close to the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, now a major hub for travellers passing through, these falls are easily accessible and feature an incredible three-tier waterfall and pool where you can take a refreshing dip.
The Ruins at Wat Phu Champasak
The Khmer ruins of Wat Phu Champasak don’t have the enormity of nearby Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples, but with a more natural setting and fewer tourists, it’s definitely one of the best temples to experience in all of Southeast Asia. A perfect attraction for honeymooning couples looking for sights that are filled with soul, history, and meaning, the natural beauty will attract hikers while the ruins themselves could entrance history-loving couples for hours on end.
Experience the Rice Fields Near Luang Prabang
Just south of Luang Prabang, you will find the spectacular terraced rice fields. A truly romantic backdrop for those “just married” photos, this unique and visually-enticing type of farming can only be seen in select regions of the world. You can also take part in a rice farming experience day with several tour operators in this area.
Explore the Vieng Xai Caves
Explore the Vieng Xai “Cave City,” a network of seven man-made cave complexes set in stunning gardens and surrounded by a landscape of karst rock formations. Used by fighters and civilians alike during various regional and local conflicts, the caves also provided a hiding spot for Laotians fleeing American bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War.
Sunset at the Temple on Mount Phu Si
Looking for the perfect spot to watch the Laos sunset? Mount Phu Si sits in the center of Luang Prabang’s old town, and it topped by a stunning temple and numerous shrines. Head all the way up the steep 329 steps to reach the gold-gilded temple known as That Chomsi and from there, enjoy the most wonderful views of Luang Prabang of any other vantage point.
Hiking in Nam Ha National Protected Area
The Nam Ha NPA (National Protected Area) is one of the most accessible natural reserves in Laos. This mountainous park stretches from the Chinese border through Namtha Province, covering more than 240,000 hectares. It’s ideal for active couples who want to adventure through the enormous tropical ferns and plants beneath a bright green canopy above.
Boat tour operators allow you to take to the rivers on a kayak or raft, or you can just keep your trek to the trails. Uber outdoorsy couples can even pitch a tent and camp for the night. Whether you just pop in for an hour or two or really rough it, you’ll be promised verdant scenery and plenty of Mother Nature.
Mekong River Tours
The Mekong River is the lifeline of Laos and a must-see if you are getting married or enjoying a honeymoon here. Mekong River tours on a slow boat are the best way to experience the sights and incredible views of the water and its riverbank villages. For a bit more privacy for you and your beau, book a private cruise boat and get an immersive experience by indulging in the local food.
Sam Brown is a writer and editor who looks after the blog at Shelf Edge. Sam lives in the West Yorkshire countryside and loves to travel whenever the opportunity arises.