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Laos is one of the few destinations where, in some areas, visitors are yet to deviate from a few well-trodden sights. It’s Indochina’s final frontier, and our specialists have trekked through jungles, scouted out caves and journeyed up rivers to get to know it more intimately. They can help you plan your holiday to Laos to follow in their wake.

Only now emerging after years of isolation, Laos is a country of steep, jungle-robed valleys inhabited by resilient communities who live at a refreshingly unhurried pace. The former royal stronghold, Luang Prabang, is a mosaic of golden wats and Indochinese villas, its streets often filled with silent processions of monks. In the diminutive capital, Vientiane, you’ll find faded French-colonial mansions and coffee shops. The rest of the country is predominately one blanket of green, carved with slow-flowing tributaries of the Mekong. As you explore, you’ll happen upon little-visited hill tribes, backwater towns and Cham temples that predate Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

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Suggested tours for Laos

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to Laos could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our expert guides to travelling in Laos

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Laos. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Laos at its best.

  • Laos: why you should go in 2019

    Laos: why you should go in 2019

  • Mekong River

    What to do in Laos: our highlights guide

    Still very much untouched by mass tourism, Laos offers the visitor much to see and do, from watching monks perform daily rituals or taking a night safari in a national park, to learning to cook Laotian food or taking a relaxing cruise down the Mekong River.

  • Walking to the H'mong village garden

    Laos walking holidays: Indochina's remote backwaters

    Laos specialist and keen hiker Laura explains why the jungle-clad hills of northern Laos are best explored on foot. She shares her suggestions for the best routes and experiences to make the most of a walking holiday in Laos.

  • Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Luxury holidays in Laos

    If you're planning a luxury holiday to Laos we have a wide range of accommodation available. Our specialists can recommend the best places to stay to ensure you have a trip to remember.

  • Laos tribal women

    Exploring the far north of Laos

    Visiting Laos is an opportunity to escape from the fast-paced lifestyle of the developed world, especially northern Laos. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere and admire the picturesque scenery of this little-visited area.

  • Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang

    Family holidays in Laos

    We can highly recommend Laos as a destination for a family holiday. We can suggest suitable accommodation and excursions to ensure your family holiday here will be a truly unique and memorable experience.

  • Nam Nern Night Safari

    Laos, Asia away from it all

    Laos is often overlooked: and therein lies its beauty. You can travel to isolated regions that really are remote and fall into an unhurried pace of life that has changed little in centuries. Our specialists have journeyed to outlying national parks, far-flung caves and secluded villages to find the best places to visit.

  • Views on boat to Chiang Rai

    Crossing the border: multi-country trips through Southeast Asia

    The typography of Southeast Asia allows you to travel across borders, on trips that cover not just multiple countries, but a variety of experiences, cultures and landscapes. Our Southeast Asia specialists give their take on five of the most interesting pairings.

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