Laos offers a truly authentic slice of South-East Asia before the tourists arrived. A honeymoon here will be all about relaxed adventure in an unspoiled land of forested mountains, craggy valleys and trekkable jungles, while the villagers go about life as they have for centuries, and orange-robed monks amble past on their way to receive alms.
It's the perfect antidote to the pre-wedding build up, and recent improvements in the infrastructure mean you can get around easily enough, staying in a charming array of boutique hotels and rural lodges, but without the crowds you'll encounter in Asia's better-known honeymoon hotspots.
5 perfectly reasonable excuses to spend your honeymoon in Laos
- Relaxation - Laos is renowned for its chilled out pace of life, perfect for post-wedding bliss
- Luang Prabang - this incredible UNESCO city is eminently walkable and packed with romantic sights
- Friendly people - you'll meet some of the most approachable people we've ever encountered!
- Unexpected luxury - discover luxury tucked away in surprising places
- Natural beauty - a refreshingly undeveloped landscape that's still a few steps behind mass tourism
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Responsible Travel in Laos
Whilst Laos has long appeared to be a regional leader in its commitment to reusable energies, in reality much of the power generated is exported to China. The reality is that for projects of this scale, Laos must usually rely on the expertise and wallet of its neighbours. Income from tourism, however, helps show glimpses of a brighter more self-sustainable future, when Laos can rely on its own income to drive such progress forward.
Back on dry land, the country is home to a number of lodges with serious Eco credentials and some inspiring wildlife conservation projects such as the Nam Et-Phou Louey Protected Area. The project protects species includes clouded leopard, gibbons, and an incredible array of birdlife and a very threatened population of tigers. The area was once used by locals as a hunting ground, however villagers are now encouraged to protect the wildlife, generating revenue for the community from tourist's wildlife sightings.
Laos’ commitment to retaining its cultural heritage is also to be applauded - and enjoyed – with the country boasting a healthy number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Whether experienced whilst residing in a traditional Old Town residence in Luang Prabang or in the villages surrounding Muang La Lodge, you can be sure that a healthy percentage of your travel spend is working in a positive manner.
Your Laos honeymoon journey...
Explore a few of our Indonesia itineraries for inspiration, but rest assured your honeymoon will be tailor-made just for you (two).
In focus: Muang La
Remote and magical, this mountain region in the north of Laos is simply an excellent place to relax. The area is known for its beauty, hot springs and rural trekking, and is remarkably untouched, although not entirely without luxury - the well-presented Muang La Resort offers a welcome retreat.