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Laos

A complex and fascinating ethnology comprises 49 distinct groups, still speaking their own languages and living traditional rural lifestyles. The mountainous north offers remote lodges and everything for lovers of the great outdoors. Trekking, mountain biking and river trips are enjoyed before cooling off under crashing waterfalls. The meandering Mekong runs the length of the country before disappearing in to Cambodia. Southern Laos offers coffee plantations, dramatic waterfalls and the 5th Century Hindu temple of Wat Phou, which is one of the oldest in Southeast Asia.

See a selection of our suggested itineraries below and contact our South-east Asia travel specialist, Melissa Matthews, to arrange your tailor-made holiday to Laos on: +44 (0)1242 787 804.

Cruising the Upper Mekong 〜 11 days

A fabulous 11 day, four country river journey taking you from Laos, to Burma, to Thailand and finishing in China.  Explore the cliffs, jungle, caves and remote villages and be the first to sail the Upper Mekong into China's Yunnan Province.  Three nights are spent in comfortable lodging and seven nights on board the new, luxurious Laos Pandaw.  From £2,320 / $3,500 per person

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Stay at remote riverside lodges whilst exploring Luang Prabang and Pakbeng.
  • Explore the Old Mandalay Road and old colonial hill station of Loi Mwe.
  • Visit jungle and tribal villages in Laos.
  • Walk around Menglun Botanical Garden and visit a tea plantation in China.

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Sailing the Mighty Mekong in Laos 〜 11 days

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This revealing 11 day journey will introduce you to the charming Laotian cities of Vientiane and Luang Prabang, as well as isolated villages and stunning scenery along the Mekong. Sailing aboard an elegant river cruiser you will explore an isolated area reached by few travellers, and all from the comfort of the RV Laos Pandaw. From £1,830 / $2,925

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Soak up the atmosphere in historic Luang Prabang
  • Browse numerous markets and craft shops
  • Head off track to explore Hmong and Khmu villages
  • Explore the legendary Golden Triangle

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Laotian Landscapes 〜 13 days

Laos is home to some of the world's most beautiful and undiscovered countryside and this itinerary blends walking and cycling with boats, waterfalls, local tribes, as well as a good dose of culture but still leaving plenty of time for relaxation. From £2,993 / $4,913 

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Highlights
  • Riverside accommodation in beautiful Champasak, Southern Laos.
  • Lunch at Makphet Restaurant where street children are trained.
  • Trekking through the forests and lush paddy fields in Northern Laos.
  • Taking a long tail boat down the Nam Ou River.

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Classic Laos 〜 11 days

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The mountains and valleys of Laos are a spectacular place in which to meet the most enchanting people in Southeast Asia. Life moves slowly and nothing is taken seriously, other than a devotion to Buddhism which is evident in the golden temples of Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Trek to tribal villages from Muang La and watch the world slip by as you cruise the Mekong. From £3,255 / $5,208

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Highlights
  • Losing yourself in the markets and temples of Luang Prabang.
  • Remote hill tribes and dramatic scenery in the far north.
  • French architecture and café culture of Vientiane.
  • Cruising from Laos to Thailand on the Mekong River.
  • Getting close to elephants in the Golden Triangle.

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Highlights of Indochina 〜 15 days

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The former French colony of Indochina offers an astonishing array of sites and experiences. From the peaceful charm of Luang Prabang and the temples of Angkor to the buzz of Hanoi, soak up history and contrasting cultures. The mighty Mekong and the karsts of Halong Bay provide stunning backdrops before unwinding under palm trees with sand between your toes. From £4,451 / $7,033 

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Highlights
  • Witnessing the procession of ochre robes as monks collect alms in Luang Prabang.
  • Exploring the most iconic and some of the lesser-known temples of Angkor.
  • Relaxing on the beach and wander through the quaint old town of Hoi An.

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Cities and Scenery of Thailand & Laos 〜 21 days

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Experience modern Asia in the cut and thrust of Bangkok before stepping back in time to soak up Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Be charmed by the ambience of Laos and revel in the luxuries of Thailand. A wealth of unspoilt scenery includes mountains rising from the mist and limestone outcrops rising from the warm ocean. From £6,482 / $10,371 

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Highlights
  • Ancient ruins and crashing waterfalls in Southern Laos.
  • Cruising through misty mountains along the mighty Mekong.
  • Sleepy towns of Laos contrasting with frenetic Thai cities.

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Cycling in Laos ~ 8 days

There is no better way to experience the stunning countryside of Laos than by bicycle.  Our 8 day itinerary allows you to go off track following the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers, exploring remote villages and relaxing in natural hot springs while sipping well-earned cocktails.  From £2,618/$4,188 per person.

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Relax in natural hot springs by the Nam La River.
  • Witness the incredible number of monks collecting alms at dawn.
  • Watch the sunset on the banks of the Mekong River.

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