Laos - At a Glance

One of the most exciting emergent destinations in south east Asia, Laos is a place where time passes slowly, so prepare for a relaxed attitude to sightseeing and travel. Even the capital, Vientiane is laid back, almost as much as the sleepy temples and beautiful countryside.

Luang Prabang is one of the most enchanting towns you will encounter, though it is firmly on the tourist map now.

A few hours north, you can get immersed in the local culture, enjoy a welcoming home stay, and help build a classroom in the fledgling school.

Ways you can help

Highlights

    • Beguiling Luang Prabang
    • Sleepy Vientiane
    • Take a boat ride down the Nam Ou River
    • Cruise down the Mekong
    • Trek in the mountains and encounter hill tribes
    • Kuang Si waterfalls
    • The mysterious Plain of Jars
    • Sunset from Mt Phousi
    • Chill out in laid back Vang Vieng

Eco-luxury Hotels

3 Nagas - Luang Prabang

3 Nagas

Previously a royal residence and an ice cream factory, the new refurbishment has rosewood interiors and contemporary Asian décor. The professionalism and friendliness of the...

Amantaka - Luang Prabang

Amantaka

This luxury property sits in the heart of Luang Prabang, a town declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995. There’s something of a colonial...

Hotel de la Paix - Luang Prabang

Hotel de la Paix

There’s a remarkable focus on high-end design that gives this Luang Prabang property an exclusive feel. The 23 luxury suites weave colonial styles with contemporary...

Useful Information

Flight Time from
UK
15 hours via Bangkok
Flight Time from
New York
19 hours
Flight Time from
San Francisco
21 hours
Time Zone
GMT -9 hours
When to Visit
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Did you know

  • The Laotian New Year celebration is a 3-day-long festival held in April – be prepared to get wet!
  • The Khone Papeng is the largest waterfall in the whole of Southeast Asia
  • Laos is the “World’s Most Bombed Country.” Over two billion tons of bombs were dropped in Laos during the Vietnam War
  • The jars in the Plain of Jars are each big enough to hold a person. The largest of these jars weighs more than six tons!
  • The highest point in Laos, the Phou Bia, is unfortunately not open to tourists because it is filled with unexploded ammunition
  • When shopping in Laos, you can pay not only with the Laotian currency, the Lao kip, but also with Thai bahts and US dollars
  • Laos’ biggest agricultural export is coffee

Testimonial

"Being quite small, Laos was the perfect add-on to our Cambodia trip. We had a wonderful taster of the country, focusing on Luang Prabang and surrounds: it is a spellbinding town, with a gorgeous river running through it, which we did trips along. Monks everywhere in bright orange robes are an enchanting sight - so friendly too! The kids loved seeing them receiving the alms from the locals, despite how early it was! The mountain biking day-trip was spectacular too. We will be back to explore it all in more depth."

- Michelle, traveled to Laos and Cambodia with her family, from the USA

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