With fewer and fewer genuine ‘finds’ left in this world, landlocked Laos can be seen as an ‘earthly paradise’. Untouched and unspoilt, those who venture to this little-visited corner of Southeast Asia are met with enchanting jungle-clad landscapes, sleepy riverside villages and a centuries-old way of life.
Far less visited than neighbouring Thailand, a tailor-made holiday to Laos is a chance to immerse yourself in a land that has little changed with the passage of time. It’s a nation of deeply held Buddhist faith, warm people and natural beauty dominated by mist-veiled mountains, rich jungle and silent tributaries of the great Mekong River. Even in the old French capital, Vientiane, life is taken at a slow pace.
The jewel of Indochina, the spiritual city of Luang Prabang allures with its glittering Buddhist temples, faded colonial mansions and daily processions of saffron-robed monks. From here it’s just a long-tailed boat ride away from the mysterious Pak Ou Caves and thousands of gold-lacquered Buddhist statues.
Down in sleepy southern Laos lies the city of Pakse, gateway to stunning waterfalls and the UNESCO-listed Khmer ruins of Wat Phu. The picturesque Bolaven Plateau is also worth a visit, offering an insight into Laos’ ethnic communities as well as its tea and coffee industries. From here you can drift south along the Mekong to the mythical river archipelago of Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands), home to some of the country’s most photogenic landscapes.
Whether you want to uncover ancient temples or drift past scenic countryside on a Mekong River cruise, our specialists will help you to uncover the hidden treasures of Laos.