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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Local on the Mekong River, Champasak Province
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.
The first stop of the tour is the National Museum, where you can follow the history of Laos from pre-history to the present day.
The Ou River is a tributary of the Mekong and its valley has some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Laos. You will take longtail motor boats to cover the distance through the valley back to Luang Prabang, stopping en-route to visit some of the local hill tribe villages and the holy Pak Ou Caves.
A private tour with your guide and driver around the 4000 Islands area, exploring this fascinating region by car and boat.
After an early morning breakfast, you head south by road...
Laos is the undiscovered jewel at the heart of Indochina. Only now emerging after years of isolation, it is a country of stunning natural beauty, friendly people and a way of life whose charms and relaxed pace are impossible to resist. Our specialists adore it, and will be happy to share their own knowledge of the country when tailor-making your ideal Laos itinerary.
11 Days from £2,700pp
Combining cities, river journeys, temples and hill tribes, this tour starts in the unassuming capital of Vientiane. From here you take in all the main sights in Laos before crossing the border to explore Thailand’s Golden Triangle region.
14 Days from £2,760pp
14 days exploring the main World Heritage Sites in Laos and Vietnam including Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An, with time at the end of your trip in Saigon..
10 Days from £3,010pp
A perfect trip for those with limited time or already based in Asia, giving a fascinating overview of Laos past and present. Visit Vientiane, the modern capital of Laos, before heading south to explore the ancient Khmer ruins of Wat Phou and the 4,000 Islands. End with a few days in the country's spirtual heartland of Luang Prabang.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-made holidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
14 1/2 hours (Vientiane, via Bangkok)
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