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Laos travel guides

Timeless in its rural landscapes and traditional cultures, trekking through Laos is a rewarding experience as you meet locals, visit ethnic minority villages and admire views across rice fields and forests. The far north of the country is particularly scenic, seeing little influence from the modern world, and our Laos travel guides can help you make the most of the area.

Laos also makes a great destination for families, with activities such as boat rides and kayaking appealing to all ages, while those preferring a more luxurious getaway can unwind in one of Laos’ opulent hotels, offering exceptional service and guided excursions to explore the area.

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Ideas for how to explore Laos

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for Laos. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • 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 Waterfalls

    Luxury vacations in Laos

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

  • Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang

    Family vacations in Laos

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Walking to the H'mong village garden

    Laos walking vacations: 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 vacation in Laos.

  • 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.

  • Sunrise on the Mekong, Khong Jiam

    Cruising in Southeast Asia

    Travel by river, lake or sea in Southeast Asia to explore places which would otherwise be inaccessible. Cruising in Southeast Asia offers the chance to relax and observe everyday life, the scenery and wildlife.

  • Sunset upon return to Indochina Sails Junk, Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Indochina cruises

    Southeast Asia specialist Mark shares his cruising in Indochina highlights. Picking his favorite ways to travel down the Mekong through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as taking in the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, and the local culture and landscapes along the Red River and on Lake Tonle Sap.

  • Hanoi,Vietnam

    Choosing the right Indochina experiences for you

    Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos may come under one umbrella as Indochina, but each one has its own idiosyncrasies. Our specialists have collated some of the region’s experiences to help you choose where to go, whether you’re interested in the Khmer architecture of Phnom Penh or sitting down to lunch with a Laotian family.

  • Thai street food

    Southeast Asian cuisine

    Trade routes, historic connections, colonialism and common sources of ingredients have left many strong links between the dishes found throughout Southeast Asia. We investigate the very distinct national variations that have evolved in this region.

  • Young monks studying the bas reilief, Angkor Wat

    UNESCO sites of Indochina

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was set up to protect culturally important sites from around the world. Here, we focus on eight sites in Indochina.

  • Khmer man resting at Angkor Wat

    The Khmer Empire

    Discover the culture and history of a country on a tailor-made trip, with visits to explore famous sites and others not quite so well known but equally impressive.

  • Lady of the Akha tribe, Laos

    French Indochina

    Known collectively as French Indochina, or more commonly as Indochina, the countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos offer a diverse range of attractions from exquisite temples to delicious regional cuisine.