If there is anywhere on the planet that we encourage you to embrace living as the locals do, it’s Laos. Resting in the shadow of what was once French Indochina, hidden temples and traditional Buddhist ceremonies reveal themselves, whilst on the Mekong River, day-to-day life plays out before you. The sleepy capital, Vientiane provides a great introduction to the charms of the country. Step back in time and explore little shops and cafes and have dinner out doors at the bustling night market. One of our favorite destinations is Luang Prabang. A UNESCO protected site, with colourful markets, glided temples and beautiful colonial architecture. Cap your day off by sitting on the bank, sipping an ice-cold cocktail and watching the jaw-dropping sunset over the Mekong River. Don’t expect a wild and crazy evening, as there is an 11.30 pm curfew for all bars and restaurants in Luang Prabang – simply quaint and charming. Vang Vieng is an idyllic, laid-back town, bisected by the Nam Song River with incredible mountainous landscapes and plenty of adventure. Xieng Khouang is the home to the ‘Plain of Jars’, the mysterious, prehistoric stone megaliths and absolutely worthy of a visit. Less travelled Southern Laos features Si Phan Don – a riverine network offering tranquility at its most extreme and the Bolaven Plateau, an elevated area of lush jungle and picturesque trekking trails.
|Official Language||Lao (official), French, English,|