Asia's sleeping beauty
The government is instigating a green approach to the country's development, with the intention of keeping Laos’ pristine ecological system as nature intended – set off on one of our tailor-made Laos holidays and we’ll take you to the most beautiful bits.
The country’s welcoming charm invites you to immediately immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty. Unmissable highlights are the stunning temples of Luang Prabang, the Bolaven Plateau and – somewhat surprisingly for a land-locked country - the sleepy 4,000 islands of Si Phan Don, which are surrounded by the mighty Mekong River as it flows through southern Laos. The Plain of Jars in the north-east makes for a mysterious diversion into one of Laos’ least-visited regions.
There are also plenty of opportunities to get off that proverbial track, with some of South-East Asia's best trekking opportunities to be discovered in Laos north-eastern Phongsali region. Elsewhere, you can live in the tree tops, travelling over the canopy on a zip wire, or perhaps spend a night in a rainforest treehouse... the ultimate way to get closer to nature!
Our tailor-made Laos holiday specialists have travelled extensively throughout Laos and across Asia, researching the best hotels, sites and activities. Book a tailor-made holiday in laid-back Laos and discover the true meaning of getting away from it all.
Our Destination Specialists have travelled extensively throughout Asia and are on hand to assist at any stage of your planning.
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These have been cherry-picked by the team to be the ‘icing and sparklers’ on your holiday in Asia.
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Spectacular yet accessible, the charming village of Nong Khiaw is about 60 miles north-east of Luang...
Luang Prabang is the chilled out cultural mecca of Laos, but around it lies countryside of extraordinary...
There’s something about sport which transcends language, and takes you straight to the fun part...
Laos was bombed even more heavily than Vietnam during the 1960s & 70s. 580,000 bombing runs dropped 2 million tons of ordnance in nine years, making it the most heavily bombed country per capita in history.
Home to Beer Laos - arguably the best beer in Asia.
You can generally pay with Laos kip, Thai baht or US dollars in Laos.
Laos’ nickname is the ‘Land of a million elephants’.
Be it the Mekong or the Nam Ou, rivers bring life to Laos, and are sometimes the only way to get around.
There are a lot of them around! Lao Buddhism underpins the country’s culture, and is an important focus of daily and social life.
Laos has the highest per-capita consumption of sticky rice in the world, with each person eating over 345 pounds a year.
Laos’ national sport is Kator, which is similar to volleyball but the players use their feet instead of their hands to get the ball over the net. Try a game of petanque with some locals for a more gentle sport.
Lao is closely related to Thai. Speakers of either language can understand the other. It is a tonal language, which means that the meaning of a word is entirely dependent on the syllable that you stress. French is also commonly used, a remnant of the country’s Colonial past.
Nick continues his journey from Cambodia into Si Phan Don - Laos' laid back 4000 Islands - and the Bolaven Plateau.
Land-locked Laos has no beach, however that's no excuse for not taking some time out from all the hard travel to kick back in southern Laos...
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