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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.

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Capital City Vientiane

Size 236,800 sq km

Population 6,368,162

Time Zone GMT +7

Flying time from UK 12 hours

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

Language Laotian

Visa Required

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