Laos Holidays

Take the road less travelled in Laos to discover a glorious UNESCO-listed former capital, dramatic verdant landscapes and unhurried traditional culture.

Landlocked Laos is one of South East Asia’s most captivating destinations, with breathtaking scenery and fascinating landmarks complemented by an enchanting back-in-time appeal. Soak up the slower pace of life in UNESCO-listed Luang Prabang, one of the highlights of ‘the land of a million elephants’. This engaging former royal capital, cocooned in jungle-draped mountains where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet, is brimming with treasures. Wander the Old Town streets past ancient Buddhist temples and ochre-painted colonial houses, see saffron-robed monks collecting alms at dawn and enjoy the gentle bustle of the sprawling night market where Lao cuisine and crafts take centre stage.

Venture further with a laidback cruise along the palm-fringed Mekong, past sleepy hamlets and waterfront gardens to mysterious limestone caves packed with miniature wooden statues of Buddha. Head up the quieter reaches of the Ham Khan to discover a village where Lue artisans weave silk threads into colourful cloth and mulberry bush bark is turned into paper. A short drive away, hidden within the forest, there are more watery pleasures to savour at the Kuang Si Falls, where you can wander a network of nature trails between refreshing dips in crystal-clear pools.

If you like the sound of Laos and its under-the-radar attractions, talk to us about adding it to your perfect made-to-measure South East Asia holiday.

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Luang Prabang Holidays

The jewel of Indochina

Immerse yourself in the ‘land of a million elephants’ with cave excursions, village visits and swimming in waterfalls with a tour of Laos

Mekong River cruises, whiskey-making villages and mouth-watering cuisine – the highlights make Laos extremely captivating but difficult to leave. If you want to tread a path less travelled, this charming country is the perfect destination, and our Laos experiences ensure you get a deeper understanding of the culture, nature and history here. Choose from introductory or in-depth escorted tours through 'the land of a million elephants', as it’s poetically known as, with immersive activities ranging from trips to the mysterious caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum, which house hundreds of Buddha statues; visiting the paper-making village of Ban Xang Khong; and swimming in the natural pools of Kuang Si Falls.

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