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Explore a hand-picked selection of our favourite journeys, articles, experiences and special places to stay in Laos. Not one to be read in a rush, it’s time to grab a cuppa, and see where it takes you…

Explore a hand-picked selection of our favourite journeys, articles, experiences and special places to stay.

Laos food

Taste Laos

Fiery and fragrant, with a refreshing touch of sour, food in Laos is as much about the experience as the taste, and our guides can take you to the very best cooking schools, markets and dining locations.

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Lofty Laos: walking & trekking

Amongst our favourite places in SE Asia to trek and for very good reason. Members of the SA team have trekked in various parts of Northern Laos for the best part of 20 years and surprisingly little has changed.

walking in northern Laos - crossing a bamboo bridge
Laos Experience
Muang La

Oudomxay & Beyond

Set on the outskirts of the small village of Muang La, close to a quiet tributary of the Nam Pak River, you will discover a special sanctuary: the French-Lao owned hideaway of Muang La Lodge. Small but stylish, elegant yet understated, more luxurious than you’d expect given the location yet by no means out of place, we urge you to stay as many nights as time and budget will allow. This is one case where we insist you take it slow!

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Living with unexploded ordnance in Laos

It's a little too easy to view the 1960s as old news, but Laotians still live amongst unexploded ordnance (known as UXO) from the Vietnam War era. We’re taking a small group of clients to see Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in action in Laos, soon, so we wanted to learn about living with the UXO...

Phonsavan is brimming with bravado. 'Craters' bar... 'Bombies' restaurant... bomb casings hung as trophies, like a hunter might display the beast that nearly killed him. The rural communities of Laos are unlikely to run into a tiger these days, but many of them still live with the daily risk of an encounter with unexploded ordnance from a war that ended over 40 years ago.

Out-of-towners who dine at Bombies are probably in Phonsavan to see the unusual megalithic monuments which fill the 'Plain of Jars' beyond the town. The Plain was a major theatre of action during the Laotian Civil War, which was fought in parallel to the Vietnam War, by overlapping sets of enemies.

Laos beach alternatives

Our Laos Specialists have shared their favourite beach alternatives to make your Laos holiday complete...

Laos Blog R&R

Laos Unlocked

A two-week journey through Laos’ laid-back cities and rural landscapes, exploring the country’s rich cultural heritage, meeting the friendly locals and going on an adventure or two.

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Laos journey culture light adventure