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Laos Tour Packages for 2018 - 2019

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17
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vietnam, cambodia, laos

Highlights of Indochina

Tour around three of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia: Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Explore marvelous golden temples, ruins covered by the jungle, cruise sublime karst formations, and the quaint canals of the Mekong Delta. 

itinerary: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Chau Doc - Ho Chi Minh - My Tho - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Ha Long - Vientiane - Luang Prabang
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$2600
19
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vietnam, cambodia, laos

Best of Indochina

Embark on an adventure to the heart of South East Asia. Explore Vietnam north to south, discover the breathtaking Khmer ruins in Cambodia, and finish your trip in the buddhist haven of Laos. 

itinerary: Hanoi - Ha Long - Hue - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh - Mekong Delta - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Vientiane - Luang Prabang
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$831
10
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laos

Teaching Lao Kids

Feel the warmth of Laotian hospitality and give a little back to the community. Bond with the locals at a traditional village as you become an English teacher for a week at the community's local school. 

itinerary: Luang Prabang
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$2857
15
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vietnam, laos

North Vietnam & Laos

Take in the highlights of Vietnam and Laos: the colorful Saigon, the charming town of Hoi An, the imperial capital of Hue, the breathtaking Halong Bay, and the temple-studded Luang Prabang.

itinerary: Ho Chi Minh - Hoi An - Hue - Hanoi - Ha Long - Vientiane - Luang Prabang
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8
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laos

Lao Textile Heritage

Immerse in the rich culture of Laos discovering ancient temples, hidden waterfalls, and the charming countryside. Make a visit to the country's textile capital, Ban Nayang and learn weaving techniques directly from the villagers. 

itinerary: Luang Prabang - Ban Nayang - Nong Khiaw - Muang Ngoi - Nong Khiaw
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13
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laos

Mountain Minority Villages

Embark on an unforgettable adventure from Luang Prabang to Houay Xai visiting countless hill tribe villages dotted over the northern jungles of Laos. 

itinerary: Luang Prabang - Nong Khiaw - Muang Khua - Boun Tai - Oudomxay - Luang Namtha - Muang Sing - Huay Xai
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$1662
10
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laos

Lao History & Villages

Discover Laos rich history as you circle the most important sights in the north of the country. Take in the Buddhist heritage of Luang Prabang, explore the mysterious Plain of Jars, and visit a myriad of sites of the indochina War. 

itinerary: Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang - Muang Kham - Sam Nuea - Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang
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$1357
6
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laos

Glimpse of Laos

Travel to a kingdom of golden temples, idyllic waterfalls, and morning buddhist chants in the cities of Luang Prabang and Vientiane. 

itinerary: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall - Vientiane
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6
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laos

Essential Laos

Explore the highlights of north Laos with this amazing tour. Admire the temples, waterfalls and caves of Luang Prabang, walk across the enigmatic Plain of Jars, and take in the colonial heritage of Vientiane. 

itinerary: Luang Prabang - Plain Of Jars - Vientiane
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$2250
6
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laos

7 Secrets of Galangal

Delight on the balanced and savory cuisine of Laos while you travel exploring the country's marvelous temples, serene countryside, charming folklore and awe-inspiring nature.

itinerary: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Kuang Si Waterfall - Nam Ngum Reservoir - Vientiane
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6
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Family Vacation in Luang Prabang

Experience the soul of Lao's most charming city Luang Prabang. Visit an elephant rehabilitation center, wander ancient Buddhist temples, explore its charming villages, and enjoy a hands-on cooking class. 

itinerary: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang
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10
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laos

Laos North to South

Stand in awe at the golden temples of Luang Prabang and Vientane, make a visit to the enigmatic Plain of Jars, sail the Mekong along the 4,000 Islands region, and take a dip at the superb waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau. 

itinerary: Luang Prabang - Plain of Jars - Vientiane - Si Phan Don - Pakse
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9
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laos

Laos Treasures & Meditation

Get in touch with Lao culture and traditions in a unique way. Explore the Khmer ruins of Champasak, enjoy the idyllic landscapes of Si Phan Don, and admire the stunning temples of Savannakhet, Luang Prabang and Vientiane. 

itinerary: Pakse - Bolaven Plateau - Champasak - Si Phan Don - Savannakhet - Vientiane - Luang Prabang

Laos Travel Guide

Travel Guide

Top 5 cultural wonders of Laos

Journey along the lifeblood of the region, the mighty Mekong River, to Buddha-filled caves nestled into cliff faces, witness the philosophical blending of Hinduism and Buddhism on the outskirts of Vientiane.

Travel Tips

5 tips: how to take unique pictures of famous landmarks

Surrounding most landmarks there are local people going about their everyday lives and depicting these moments adds an intriguing layer to the image.

Travel Tips

7 tips for approaching travel portrait photography

Sometimes the situation arises for a portrait and your subject consents, with only a matter of seconds to get the shot you want before they disappear to where they came from.

Laos Top Destinations

Xieng Khouang, Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars

Spread out across the Xieng Khouang Plateau, the Plain of Jars archaeological site features hundreds of megalithic jars thought to date back as early as 500 BC. The human remains and ceramics found at the site have played a vital role in ancient Southeast Asian cultural studies.

Mount Phu Kao, Vat Phou or Wat Phu Temple

Vat Phou

Situated at the base of Mount Phu Kao, the sacred Vat Phou Temple site is a magnificent example of ancient Hindu Khmer architecture which was converted into a Buddhist monastery in the 13th century. Its lower section includes two ruined palaces, while the upper section’s temple sanctuary offers spectacular views across the Mekong Valley.

Champasak, Si Phan Don, Four Thousand Islands

Si Phan Don

Translating as ‘Four Thousand Islands’, the sleepy archipelago of Si Phan Don sprawls across the Mekong River in Laos’ southern Champasak Province, offering countless choices for an idyllic island escape. Explore it pristine waterways by kayak, cycle its dusty village backroads, spot the endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins off Don Khon Island, or visit the impressive Khone Phapheng Falls.

Hinboun, Kong Lor Cave

Tham Kong Lo

Etched by the Nam Hin Bun River, the subterranean caves of Tham Kong Lo are situated within Phu Hin Bun National Park. Boat trips wind between its beautifully illuminated karst limestone columns, stopping for guests to walk within its eerie darkness, an opening out into a lush hidden valley.

Bolovens Plateau, Tad Fane Waterfalls

Bolaven Plateau

The cool climate Bolaven Plateau of Champasak Province is one of Laos’ principal coffee-growing regions and an ideal place to trek through mountainous scenery and ethnic minority villages. Visit the dramatic twin waterfalls of Tad Fane and the colourful Laven tribe for which the plateau was named.

Pak Ou Cave

Pak Ou Caves

It’s a leisurely two hour cruise up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang, passing local village life and beautiful scenery en route, to the sacred Pak Ou Caves. Nestled into a spectacular limestone cliffs, they are overflowing with miniature Buddha sculptures left over the centuries by devotees.

Kuang Si Falls with Bridge Far View, Luang Prabang

Kuang Si Waterfalls

Plunging 60 metres over a dramatic cliff edge, the Kuang Si Waterfalls near Luang Prabang disperse into beautiful travertine waterfalls and turquoise pools shaded by the surrounding jungle. Relax in the cool waters, trek the challenging slope to the top of the falls, and visit the wildlife sanctuary that provides a refuge for Moon Bears.

Laos Top Cities

Vientiane, Patuxai

Vientiane

Lying on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane has retained a certain big town charm, with its beautiful French colonial architecture juxtaposed against the distinctive bustle of local markets and Asian street life. The gold-covered Buddhist stupa of Pha That Luang dominates its centre, while the elegant Wat Si Saket and intriguing nearby Xieng Khuan (or ‘Buddha Park’) are other must-see sights.

Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong

Luang Prabang

Situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, Luang Prabang is Laos’ most captivating city, fusing French colonial architecture with traditional Lao design. Wander its UNESCO World Heritage listed old town, with its elegant Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xieng Thong, take part in the early morning Buddhist monk alms-giving ceremony, and shop for souvenirs at its famed night market.

Vang Vieng, Village on River Bank

Vang Vieng

Backed by a stunning stretch of limestone cliffs on the edge of the Nam Song River and surrounded by rice paddies, Vang Vieng is one of Laos’ most picturesque towns and its adventure sports capital. Tube or kayak down the river, zip-line through the forest canopy or take a sunrise hot-air balloon tour over its surrounding rural landscapes.

Savannakhet, Old French Colonial House

Savannakhet

Savannakhet’s beautiful historic quarter of crumbling French colonial buildings make it an ideal base for eco trekking and mountain biking into the surrounding region. Visit the sacred That Ing Hang Stupa on its outskirts, believed to be built on one of Buddha’s buried bones, as well as the Dinosaur Museum where bones excavated in the nearby Xonbouly District are on display.

Laotian Unique Experiences

Mekong River, Slow Boat

Take a slow boat down the Mekong River

From the Thai Border at Houay Xay, the Mekong River meanders slowly east towards Luang Prabang and a slow boat, taking in its stunning mountainous landscapes and rural life, offers an idyllic two day cruise.

Nong Khiaw, Nam Ou River

Adventure through Nong Khiaw on a Nam Ou River cruise

From the picturesque town of Nong Khiaw, travel north along the Nam Ou River through karst formations draped in mist to the sleepy village of Muang Ngoi Neua where remote mountainous treks await.

Luang Namtha, Tribe With Hill

Eco-trek through the ethnic villages surrounding Luang Namtha

The landscapes surrounding Luang Namtha in Laos’ north are dotted with ethnic minority communities, and eco-treks through the region traverse spectacular mountain scenery while offer a glimpse into village life through home stay initiatives.

Vieng Xai, Cave Complex

Visit the cave complex of Vieng Xai

The Vieng Xai cave complex was used throughout the Vietnam War as a ‘Hidden City’ to harbour Pathet Lao officers. Including meeting rooms, schools, hospitals, markets, living quarters and even a theatre, the caves are little-changed today, offering a unique insight into this intriguing existence.

Laos Rural Landscapes

Take a cycling tour through Laos’ rural landscapes

Take to two wheels on a cycling tour through Laos’ rice paddy-terraced landscapes and along the banks of its iconic rivers. Backed by towering karst mountains, the leisurely pace allows you to soak up the scenery whilst meeting the people who call its villages home.

Bokeo, Ziplining on Gibbons Experience Tour

Zipline through Bokeo Nature Reserve on a Gibbon Experience tour

Home to black-crested gibbons, along with black bears, clouded leopards and tigers, the lush jungle of Bokeo Nature Reserve is traversed by a unique series of zip lines. Offering a birds-eye view, you can ’fly’ through its canopy and spend the night in thatched tree-houses with the calls of the wild ringing around you.

Best time to visit Laos

November to April (dry season). Beginning with a cool, dry period from November to February and followed by the hot and dry months of March and April, the dry season is the peak tourist period in Laos. While the lowlands can become uncomfortably hot in the latter months, this is an ideal time to trek in the mountainous regions.

May to October (wet season). The wet season is marked by cooler temperatures and short daily downpours that can cause some minor disruptions to sightseeing. However, many of the country’s unpaved roads become impassable, making travel in remote areas more difficult and trekking trails muddy.

Laotian Ethnic Groups

Hmong Woman

Hmong

The Hmong inhabit the highland regions of northern Laos, living as slash and burn agriculturalists and keeping domestic animals such as pigs, cows and chickens for festivals and special occasions. Their animist beliefs include the worship of ancestors and shamanism, and they are known for their exquisite hand-crafted jewellery.

Akha Woman

Akha

Originating in China, the Akha migrated into northern Laos around 200 years ago, taking advantage of the rich agricultural soils and mild weather of the mountainous region. Their beliefs are strongly entrenched in the spirit world and the colourful dress of their women is their distinguishing feature, with elaborate headwear made from bamboo rings and silver coins, and hand-embroidered jackets.

Khmu Hill Tribe Village

Khmu

The Khmu people are considered northern Laos’ indigenous inhabitants and today live in mostly isolated regions at relatively high altitude. The casting of spells and fortune telling are entwined in their animist beliefs, while many display religious tattoos. They survive as semi-subsistence farmers, using dances to appease the rice goddess and ensure good harvests.

Festivals in Laos

Laos New Year Festival, Pi Mai Lao

Pi Mai Lao Festival

Pi Mai Lao or Lao New Year is the country’s most important celebration, held over three days in the middle of April. While traditionally it involves the pouring of water over temple Buddhas in a symbolic cleansing, today it also sees family and friends festively drenching each other throughout the streets using water guns, balloons and buckets.

Laos Loy Krathong Festival

Awk Phansao Festival

Celebrated in October to mark the end of the three-month Buddhist lent, the eve of Awk Phansao sees banana-leaf boats holding flowers, incense and candles released into the nearest lake or river in a magical display. Monks are finally permitted to leave their temples and are presented with donations from crowds of devotees.

Laos Rocket Festival, Bang Fai

Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)

Celebrated by individual villages at the end of the dry season when temperatures are reaching unbearable heights, the Rocket Festival is a call for rain and a successful coming harvest. Villagers gather in nearby rice paddies to launch small, home-made rockets, while feasting on traditional food.

Laotian Gastronomy

While Lao cuisine reflects influences from its neighbouring countries, most notably Thailand and China, the French legacy from colonial days is also still strong. The main staple food is sticky rice which is used to accompany meat, fish and vegetable dishes, while steaming noodle soups using meat-based broths are served up at local restaurants country-wide.

Laos Noodle Soup, Khao Poon

Noodle Soup

You’ll find noodle soup at every local Lao restaurant, but two not to miss are Khao Piak Sen, made with chicken or beef broth, and Khao Pun, a rice vermicelli soup made of meat or fish, and flavoured with fish sauce, lime, fresh coriander and sometimes coconut milk.

Laos Green Papaya Salad, Som Tum

Traditional Salad

Traditional salads flavoured with fish sauce, lime juice and chilli are refreshing options during the Laos heat. In Luang Prabang don’t miss Laap, made with your choice of meat, or for vegetarians try Tam Mak Houng, a Spicy Green Papaya Salad.

Laos Baguette Sandwich

Baguette Sandwich

A remnant of the French colony and found on every street corner are filled-baguettes. Choose from meat or tuna, with avocado, cucumber, tomato and lettuce, all topped off with sweet chilli sauce.

Laos Sausage Sai Oua

Sai Oua

A specialty of Luang Prabang, this sausage, found on street-side grills throughout the city, is made from pork meat, flavoured with garlic, fish sauce, ginger and lime leaves.

Shopping in Laos

The night markets of Vientiane and Luang Prabang are well-known amongst tourists, offering the widest selection of Laos’ souvenirs within the country. But with many of the country’s handicrafts produced by hill-tribes, buying directly from the artisans not only ensures their authenticity, but also that your money is going directly to the maker and community.

Laos Woven Basket

Hill-tribe Crafts

Laos’ diverse hill-tribes are known for their beautiful handicraft work, including carvings, embroidery, woven baskets and home-furnishings. They are often adorned with local motifs, such as elephants, Bodhi trees, temples and monks.

Laos Woven Garments

Woven Garments

Woven garments, such as scarves, shawls, quilts, bags and the traditional wraparound skirt worn by Lao women known as phaa sin have a long history in the country, dating back to the 14th century. For something truly special, look for garments made from Laos silk.

Laos Silver Jewellery

Silver Jewellery

Rings, earrings, bracelets and heavy neckwear are found throughout Laos’ markets and boutiques, with much of it crafted by the Hmong hill tribe. Traditionally this jewellery was created by melting down old French coins, and it retains this rustic appearance.

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