Visit Northern Laos
The misty, mountainous far north of Laos remains relatively untouched and offers travellers the chance to see a part of the country that has only recently opened up to tourism.
Here, the patterns of life for the 30 or so ethnic groups indigenous to this area are very much dictated by the ebb and flow of the rivers that dissect the region.
Accommodation is comfortable, if basic, but provides access to views of unspoilt hill tribe villages and remote valleys, plus some of the best wildlife spotting and trekking in the country.
Top itineraries in Northern 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 Northern Laos
A boutique spa, tucked amongst dense teak forests and home to ancient Buddhist temples, sites and monasteries
The Ansara Hotel offers effortless access to Vientiane’s most popular sights and attractions, including Wat Chan, Wat Xienghuen, and Wat Haysoka.
Green Park Boutique is located in a classic colonial building in the heart of bustling and vibrant Vientiane.
Where to go in Northern Laos
Traditional wooden and bamboo houses are a feature of Muang Khua, a scenic town at the confluence of the Nam Phak and Nam La rivers. It's known for its hot springs - by the Muang La Resort - where villagers come to bathe and relax, surrounded by rainforest.
Vientiane is a quiet, yet charming, capital city that shares the same friendly, laidback air as the rest of Laos.
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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