Laos tailor-made holidays
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
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Where to go in Laos
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.
Laidback market towns, dramatic plateaus, ancient temples and Mekong river life are among the attractions in the southern part of Laos.
Vientiane is a quiet, yet charming, capital city that shares the same friendly, laidback air as the rest of 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 lasts for three days, from 13–15 April. Embrace …
Top itineraries in Laos
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.
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
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.
Top places to stay in Laos
A boutique spa, tucked amongst dense teak forests and home to ancient Buddhist temples, sites and monasteries
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.
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.
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