One of the most authentic travel destinations in Southeast Asia, beautiful Laos charms with timeless traditions, French colonial heritage and natural beauty.
More rural and relaxed than neighbouring Cambodia and a world away from hot and heady Thailand, landlocked Laos is made up of sparsely populated mountains, fertile plains and tributaries of the mighty Mekong River. The sleepy capital city of Vientiane provides a great introduction to the charms of the country whilst Luang Prabang, enveloped in an atmosphere of peace and solitude, is the country’s primary claim to fame. Sitting on the confluence of two rivers, the Mekong and the Nam Khan, it is one of the world’s most charismatic cities. Now a UNESCO protected site, the city has a tranquil, spiritual vibe and is brimming with colourful markets, gilded temples and colonial architecture. Set aside one morning to get up early and offer alms to the dozens of young monks who walk silently down the dusty streets at dawn and in the evening finish your day sipping a cocktail whilst taking in a spectacular sunset over the Mekong. Don’t expect a wild and crazy night here as there is an 11.30pm curfew for all bars and restaurants. Offering a slightly different dreamlike landscape are the notable limestone karsts of Vang Vieng, whilst a journey to Pakse will open up Southern Laos and introduce you to some natural wonders. For those seeking peace and connection or simply an adventure, Laos runs on a languid pace – slow right down if you wish to explore here.
|Official Language||Lao (official), French, English,|