In Laos you’ll discover a virginal landscape, wats alive with orange robed monks, peaceful riverside villages and friendly people. Tranquil, green and completely refreshing, Laos is one of Asia’s best-kept secrets. Those in the know compare Laos to Thailand 30 years ago;much of its land is still untainted and it has a relaxed, friendly vibe. Nowhere is this unhurried atmosphere more apparent than in the former royal capital, Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city displaying ancient temples alive with monks as well as beautiful colonial architecture. Vientiane is perhaps Southeast Asia’s calmest capital, despite bearing evidence of a tumultuous history. Here, spend the morning viewing temples and the afternoon sipping a cool Beerlao before watching the sunset over the Mekong. Laos’ varied landscapes include the flat plains of the remote Bolovens Plateau, the Khone Phapheng Falls, the mysterious Plain of Jars and the dense forests of the north. The country is growing in popularity yet offers rugged natural landscapes and some of the most unspoilt areas to be found in modern Asia. One of the best ways to experience rural Laos is by heading south towards the border with Cambodia where you can enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River, gliding by ancient temples, lush countryside and traditional riverside villages. If you’re lucky, you might even see the elusive and captivating Ayeyarwady river dolphins.
Famous for its relaxed atmosphere, our Laos tours never fail to deliver guests unique experiences and unexpected moments of discovery with every visit. As yet to be frequented trails are being researched and developed, the tourist map is expanding and the opportunity for experiential travel becomes ever greater in this compelling destination. Lao’s responsible tourism ethos continues to lead the way in the region as the eco-tourism concept and development of sustainable practices gains ground.
Laos is a land of golden temples, majestic mountains and magnificent scenery. Why not take a cooking class to try your hand at Lao cuisine, or perhaps learn the art of traditional silk dying. Visit a bear sanctuary, ride high on an elephant or take a kayaking tour up the Mekong River. Caving, biking and trekking through this relatively untouched country will give you a glimpse of a disappearing traditional Asia.