Reasons to Visit
The Baci ceremony in Laos is an important blessing in Buddhist culture and is used to celebrate any landmark event. A traditional ceremony hosted by a Lao monk will make your trip even more memorable.
From tasting Laos`s national fiery dish of laap to tasting a fine Lao coffee on the Bolaven`s Plateau or even accepting an invite to drink the potent Lao Lao, a strange rice wine blend that will knock your socks off!
Test your bartering skills at Luang Prabang's daily market, a fantastic place to pick up some great authentic Asian souvenirs.
There are few things in Southeast Asia that can beat a beer Lao as the sunsets over the Mekong - from the riverbanks in Luang Prabang to the 4000 islands, watching the world go by at sunset is a must.
The northern part of Laos is a remote region that sees few tourists. Heading north from the Thai border towards China, the town of Luang Nam Tha is the gateway to the Nam Ha National Park, with countless opportunities to explore on foot, by kayak and on mountain bikes. A little further south you will stumble upon the picturesque area of Muang La and the dramatic valley of Nong Khiaw before arriving by road or boat at the cultural centre of Luang Prabang.
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Our country specialists have travelled the length and breadth of Laos - here are a few of their favourite things to do
One of Asia’s most beautiful secrets, travellers to Laos find themselves captivated by the mist-veiled mountains, enigmatic plateaux, untouched forests, and the monks who trail along paths and alleys in search of their morning alms.
Refreshingly, most of the country has not adapted itself to modern tourism and traditional ways of life continue in the face of our rapidly changing world.
Laos is not a place you simply see: it is more a country you feel and experience, as its quiet beauty works its magic. The Laotians themselves are very welcoming, allowing you an insight into their lives and country. Whilst neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam are rapidly developing their economies and infrastructure, the tranquil backwater of Laos remains relatively untouched. This is both caused by and reflected in the very nature of the Laotians themselves - to hurry is simply not the Lao way. You should not feel surprised to find yourself waiting at the Lao border, for example, without being entirely sure of the reason for your wait. Ask and you will simply be rewarded with a broad smile and be told they are waiting for "the right time".
This is truly an opportunity to escape from the fastpaced lifestyle of the developed world and indulge in this gentle land’s timeless appeal.
Champasak is a small town in Southern Laos, which was until thirty years ago a seat of royalty. The main reason for coming here is to visit nearby Wat Phou, but it is charming place to spend a few days.
Once the ancient capital of northern Laos, sleepy Luang Prabang has retained much of its majesty and tranquillity, it's now a UNESCO protected site.
More than three hundred enormous stone jars, their origins long forgotten and their original use and significance still unclear. You can fly here from Vientiane or take a longer journey by road.
Vientiane is the capital of Laos, which still has a provincial feel to it and is a pleasant place to explore on foot. Tree-lined boulevards and elegant architecture testify to its French colonial past.
14 1/2 hours (Vientiane, via Bangkok)
EVA Airways & Thai Airways
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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