Luxury LAOS Tours

Luxury Laos Tours – Lndlocked between Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, China and Cambodia, Laos is a sleepy Buddhist backwater whose friendly inhabitants and laid-back way of life are its biggest tourist attractions. Here, the currents of Asia swirl like the murky waters of the Mekong River – markets are piled high with durians, statues of Buddha look out over the paddy fields, and monks in saffron robes carry umbrellas to drive back the tropical sun and monsoon rain. Outside of the pocket-sized capital, Vientiane, travellers trek to tribal villages and drift along rivers in rubber rings, or spend lazy days sipping Beer Lao in the sleepy colonial city of Luang Prabang.

Best time to visit in Laos

November to February, to avoid the worst of humidity

Places to visit in Laos

  • The angular, golden spires of the Pha That Luang stupa in Vientiane.
  • One monk’s vision of heaven and hell in the sculpture garden at Xieng Khuan.
  • Irrawaddy dolphins splashing around the 4000 river islands at Si Phan Don.
  • Royal relics and ancient monasteries in World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang.
  • Dramatic limestone caverns at Vieng Xai and Vang Vieng.

Top things to do in Laos

  • Drop into a Lao wat (Buddhist temple-monastery) for a chat with the novices.
  • Drift along the Nam Song River on an old inner tube at Vang Vieng.
  • Trek to tribal villages in the Nam Ha National Protected Area.
  • Take a slow boat along the Mekong from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw.
  • Eat a Lao luch of barbecued pork and sticky rice overlooking the Mekong River.

Discover Laos

  • Read Brett Dakin’s Another Quiet American or Dervla Murphy’s One Foot in Laos for a personal take on the Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic).
  • Listen to the undulating melodies of the khene (the traditional reed pipe of the Lao tribes).
  • Watch Good Morning, Luang Prabang, this first ever privvately funded Lao movie.
  • Eat laap (spicy, marinated meat), or tam maak hung (green papaya salad).
  • Drink lao-lao (rice liquor), or Beer Lao, the nation’s favourite brew.

Laos Highlights

Laos has the unenviable status of being the most bombed nation in the world – there are estimated to be 270 million unexploded bombs in the country

One word for Laos Tourism

Su kwan (The calling of the soul)

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