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Introduction

Picture-perfect landscapes, cultural riches and a relaxed pace of life have earned the landlocked nation of Laos something of a cult reputation among travellers and people on Laos holidays during the last decade or so. The least visited of the three countries that make up Indochina, Laos is seen as a special, secret place, and one that has retained much of the tradition that has disappeared elsewhere in the region.

Political and geographic isolation have meant that Laos lags behind other countries in the region in terms of economic growth and tourism. In many ways that is precisely its appeal, a romantic reminder of Indochina as it once was, a land of wats (temples) and saffron-robed monks, notably friendly people and unspoilt scenery that includes the mighty Mekong River.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
12 hours

Time Zone
GMT +7

Currency
Lao kip (Kip), the US dollar is used widely and Thai baht is also currency

Language
Laotian

Visa
Please check the FCO for latest advice

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Where to go in Laos

The Mekong River

The ‘Mother of Waters', as locals refer to the Mekong, forms the heart and soul of Indochina, a thread that links Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos both geographically and culturally.

Southern Laos

Laidback market towns, dramatic plateaus, ancient temples and Mekong river life are among the attractions in the southern part of Laos.

Vientiane

Vientiane is a quiet, yet charming, capital city that shares the same friendly, laidback air as the rest of Laos.

Luang Prabang

A visit to the former royal capital of Luang Prabang is a highlight of any trip to Laos - a World Heritage ‘city' of magnificent gilded temples at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.

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When to go to Laos

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"Champa blooms all year round. It blooms in the rain. It blooms when the wind blows and blooms when the sun shines. It is the flower of glory for Laos."Outhine Bounyavong, "Frangipani" Laos has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. Most of the year is hot and humid with average temperatures of about 28°C rising to a blistering 38°C in April and May. The rainy season runs from the beginning of May to the end of September, and the dry season is from October through April. October through January are relatively cool and the most popular months for travel. The very start of the wet season also marks the Lao New Year, Songkran, which …

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Top itineraries in Laos

Best of Laos

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,579 pp incl. flights

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The route from Luang Prabang in the north to the capital Vientiane takes you through a dramatic landscape of gently meandering rivers, tall limestone karst formations, craggy caves and waterfalls.

Laos & The Mekong

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,645 pp incl. flights

See the best of Laos, before taking a Mekong River cruise into Thailand. Begin your journey in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, before heading for the tranquil and idyllic Luang Prabang. Enjoy a cruise along the river, crossing the border into north Thailand. Enjoy the sights of Chiang Rai

Highlights of Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

23-day tailor-made journey from £5,655 pp incl. flights

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Vietnam is blessed with such variety from the enchanting Halong Bay to the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi. Laos is a land of laid back people, gilded temples and the mighty Mekong river, while Cambodia lays claim to the awesome and ancient temples of Angkor.

Laos & Cambodia Experience

14-day escorted tour

With fascinating history, beautiful scenery, superb cuisine and some of the most hospitable locals anywhere in the world, the southeast Asian countries of Laos and Cambodia rank highly on many travellers' to-do lists.

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Top places to stay in Laos

Kiridara, Luang Prabang

Superior boutique

A boutique spa, tucked amongst dense teak forests and home to ancient Buddhist temples, sites and monasteries

Sala Done Khone, Done Khone Island

Traditional resort

Lao colonial heritage meets island life. The essence of Sala Done Khone, a series of intimate bungalows situated on the banks of the Mekong River on Don Khone Island in the heart of the picturesque 4,000 Islands in Laos.

La Folie Lodge, Done Daeng

Small & intimate lodge

Imagine the serenity of sitting on a secluded beach on a peaceful island surrounded by the natural beauty of lush tropical gardens. This is the idyllic scene waiting for you at La Folie Laos on Dong Daeng Island in southern Laos.

Ansara Hotel, Vientiane

Small & intimate hotel

The Ansara Hotel offers effortless access to Vientiane’s most popular sights and attractions, including Wat Chan, Wat Xienghuen, and Wat Haysoka.

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Special offers in Laos

Best of Laos

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,579 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £160 per couple
Book by: 31 December 2016

The route from Luang Prabang in the north to the capital Vientiane takes you through a dramatic landscape of gently meandering rivers, tall limestone karst formations, craggy caves and waterfalls.

Highlights of Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

23-day tailor-made journey from £5,655 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Save up to £480 per couple
Book by: 04 January 2017

Vietnam is blessed with such variety from the enchanting Halong Bay to the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi. Laos is a land of laid back people, gilded temples and the mighty Mekong river, while Cambodia lays claim to the awesome and ancient temples of Angkor.

The Mekong: Laos to China

18-day River Cruise from £6,155 pp incl. flights

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Book by: 04 January 2017

An 18-day cruise from Laos , via Thailand , into China , stopping at Vientaine, Pak Lai and Jinghong

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