Laos

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.

CapitalVientiane
Official LanguageLao (official), French, English,
CurrencyLao kip
TimeGMT +5
Population7.17M
Power (Voltage)230
Area (km2)230,800
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 ...
Hidden Charms of Laos

Hidden Charms of Laos

Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Laos
Relatively undeveloped, this deeply forested and mountainous country is completely landlocked and offers those seeking either peace and connection or ...
Hidden Laos by Bicycle

Hidden Laos by Bicycle

Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Laos
Discover the stunning northern part of this magical country by bicycle. Immerse yourself in Laos’ deep-rooted traditions and culture – explore the Lao ...
Highlights of Laos

Highlights of Laos

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

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. Destinat ...
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

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

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

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

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

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 Local Eyes

Vientiane Local Eyes

Vientiane, Laos
 ‘Tuk tuk’ off the beaten path to few places that only locals know about. This unique experience offers the opportunity to witness the everyday lives ...
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 ...