Laos

Relatively undeveloped, this deeply forested and mountainous country is completely landlocked and offers those seeking either peace and connection or adventure, a new world to discover.

Despite a somewhat turbulent past, Laos is a wonderful country to visit with some of the friendliest people in Southeast Asia. Laos has a natural beauty combined with a mix of the original Buddhist culture and French influences.

The sleepy capital city of Vientiane provides a great introduction to the charms of the country.

Enveloped in an atmosphere of peace and solitude, Luang Prabang is the country’s primary claim to fame. Step back in time as you wander the dusty streets with echoes in the air of monks chanting.

With a dreamlike landscape of notable limestone karsts, Vang Vieng is bisected by the Nam Song River; Xieng Khouang is home to the ‘Plain of Jars’, attracting numerous crowds to the prehistoric stone megaliths whilst Pakse opens up Southern Laos.

Laos runs on a languid pace – slow right down if you wish to explore here.

CapitalVientiane
Official LanguageLao (official), French, English,
CurrencyLao kip
TimeGMT +5
Population6.5M
Power (Voltage)230
Area (km2)230,800
3 Nagas Luang Prabang –  M Gallery by Sofitel

3 Nagas Luang Prabang – M Gallery by Sofitel

Luang Prabang, Laos
This charming hotel is within a short walk to temples, two rivers and the night markets. This makes this hotel the perfect place to enjoy the idyllic ...
Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum

Angsana Maison Souvannaphoum

Luang Prabang, Laos
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage area on Sisavangovong Road (Main Street), this hotel has a sense of history, architecture and atmosphere. Recentl ...
Ansara Hotel

Ansara Hotel

Vientiane, Laos
This serene hotel is located right in the centre of this historic capital and offers effortless access to Vientiane’s most popular sights and attracti ...
Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong

Hotel Beau Rivage Mekong

Vientiane, Laos
Located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter just a block away from Hoan Kiem Lake, a stay at this hotel makes shopping and exploring the city’s sights ...
Indigo House

Indigo House

Luang Prabang, Laos
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage area on Sisavangovong Road (Main Street), this hotel has a sense of history, architecture and atmosphere. Recentl ...
Inthira Hotel

Inthira Hotel

Vang Vieng, Laos
Centred in the heart of Vang Vieng with serene surroundings, this modern hotel will leave you with a memorable stay. Guestrooms are well appointed and ...
Kiridara Hotel

Kiridara Hotel

Luang Prabang, Laos
Having a prime location in the centre of Luang Prabang, means local tourist attractions are within walking distance with a stay at this hotel. Contemp ...
Lao Orchid Hotel

Lao Orchid Hotel

Vientiane, Laos
Well located, this hotel is within a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the Mekong River. Including the night markets and nearby restaurants there ar ...
Riverside Boutique Resort

Riverside Boutique Resort

Vang Vieng, Laos
Ideally located on the banks of the Nam Song River, this resort is laid out around an inviting swimming pool. Offering stunning views of the surroundi ...
Sofitel Luang Prabang

Sofitel Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, Laos
In the heart of Luang Prabang, just five minutes drive from town, this former French governor’s residence is now an elegant and spacious all-suite ho ...
The Elephant Crossing Hotel

The Elephant Crossing Hotel

Vang Vieng, Laos
This charming boutique hotel is situated on the banks of the Nam Song River and boasts breath-taking views of majestic limestone mountains. With a spe ...
Cave Exploration

Cave Exploration

Vang Vieng, Laos
Explore the limestone karsts with their unique ecology and enjoy the thrill of cave explorations while discovering the most unusual caves. Visit Tham ...
Caving & Cycling

Caving & Cycling

Vang Vieng, Laos
Explore the most unusual caves in the area and mountain bike across rice fields and wade through rivers amidst mountainous limestone scenery on this f ...
Garavek – Lao Folktales

Garavek – Lao Folktales

Luang Prabang, Laos
Why is Mt. Phousi called Mt. Phousi? What has it got to do with mushrooms and the Ramayana? Where does the name of the Nam Khan River come from? If y ...
Highlights of Laos

Highlights of Laos

Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Laos
Offering a contrasting view of Lao’s two major cities, Luang Prabang and Vientiane, discover past royal traditions and ancient temples. Destination ...
Journey Through Laos

Journey Through Laos

Mekong River, Chiang Rai, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Laos
Travel by boat along the Mekong River visiting villages and sights along the way before exploring Luang Prabang and the capital Vientiane. Destina ...
Kamu Lodge Excursion

Kamu Lodge Excursion

Luang Prabang, Laos
Two hours north of Luang Prabang, hidden on the banks of the Mekong River, Kamu Lodge is nestled in the heart of Lao countryside. Travel upstream on ...
Kayaking Experience

Kayaking Experience

Vang Vieng, Laos
This half day tour combines all the activities that Vang Vieng kayaking is famous for. Kayaking on the Nam Song River surrounded by rugged karsts and ...
Kwang Si Waterfall

Kwang Si Waterfall

Luang Prabang, Laos
Located south of Luang Prabang, visit Kwang Si Waterfall. The falls cascade on to calcareous bedrock which have scooped out small basins of turquoise ...
Lao Cooking Class

Lao Cooking Class

Vientiane, Laos
Lao cuisine relies heavily on the freshest produce and incorporates a range of intriguing flavours, many unfamiliar to the western plates. Begin with ...
Laos Overland Tour

Laos Overland Tour

Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Laos
Explore the main cities along with Vang Vieng and its karst hill landscapes, and the mysterious area of Xieng Khuang – the Plain of Jars. Des ...
Laos Revealed

Laos Revealed

Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Laos
Offering a great overview of Laos, this nine day package covers both Vientiane and Luang Prabang along with Champasak in the south. Destination Lao ...
Luang Prabang City Tour

Luang Prabang City Tour

Luang Prabang, Laos
Explore the key sites of Luang Prabang. Begin with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum. Formerly the king’s palace, it displays a lovely collection of ...
Luang Prabang Cycling Explorer

Luang Prabang Cycling Explorer

Luang Prabang, Laos
Explore intimate aspects of the countryside by bicycle. Be greeted with interest from the locals as you ride from village to village, absorbing the se ...
Luang Say Cruise

Luang Say Cruise

Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos
Discover the mighty Mekong River on a river boat travelling from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai. Offering a unique cultural journey, understand more about ...
Mekong River Cruise

Mekong River Cruise

Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos
Embark on a traditional Lao river boat for a leisurely lunch cruise on the Mekong River. Relax amidst the beautiful scenery and make a few stops along ...
Rice Harvest Experience

Rice Harvest Experience

Luang Prabang, Laos
Offering a unique experience, head to a local organic farm where you are invited to interact and explore each step of a rice harvest. Learn how rice i ...
Southern Laos by Bicycle

Southern Laos by Bicycle

Mekong River, Chiang Rai, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Thailand, Laos
This tour explores the quiet back roads of South Laos from the amazing waterfalls to the rare Irrawaddy dolphins and to the cultural Khmer temples. ...
Vientiane City Tour

Vientiane City Tour

Vientiane, Laos
Explore Vientiane’s highlights on this city tour. Visit Wat Ho Prakeo (formerly known as a house of Emerald Buddha), Wat Sisaket, That Luang Stupa and ...
Vientiane Surrounds

Vientiane Surrounds

Vientiane, Laos
Situated southeast of Vientiane, Buddha Park is where 200 Buddhist and religious images. These images date back over 500 years, most of which were int ...
Village Tour

Village Tour

Luang Prabang, Laos
Visit a small village outside of town. Consisting of only 60 families, the village of Ban Suadara, mainly rely on farming activities for their surviva ...
Laos to China

Laos to China

Sail on the mighty upper Mekong River from Laos to China. This pioneering 14-night river expedition will allow you to discover charming villages, stun ...
The Laos Mekong

The Laos Mekong

Enjoy a three country expedition as you traverse Laos to touch Thailand and Myanmar at the once notorious Golden Triangle. From Vientiane, the old Fre ...