Laos is poetically known as 'the land of a million elephants' and one of south-east Asia's most enchanting countries; eye-wateringly beautiful and boasts a rich embroidery of traditional culture and wondrous scenery. If you want to tread a path less travelled, this charming country is the perfect destination. Meet warm, friendly people, see fabulous sights and taste mouth-watering local cuisine. Laidback Laos is easy to explore but difficult to leave.
- Laos offers an easy-going, peaceful atmosphere and a pace of life unique to this region of the world
- We recommend spending three or four days in Luang Prabang to explore the stunning pagodas, palaces and colonial mansions
- Our four-day Laos experience from Luang Prabang ensures you get a deeper understanding of the culture, nature and history of this region
- The capital Vientiane doesn't feature quite as many captivating sights as Luang Prabang, but spend a couple of nights here to admire the French colonial architecture and magnificent Buddhist temples
- We recommend our Indochina Panorama tour to explore the main highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Best time to visit Laos
• Laos experiences two distinct seasons - a dry season followed by the annual monsoon.
• Between November and February the weather is cool and dry, making this the ideal time to visit either country.
• The months of March, April and May are dry but can be oppressively hot before the monsoon rains arrive in June.
• The rains are typically finished by early November.
Laos holiday highlights
If you want to tread a path less travelled, this charming country is the perfect destination. Meet find warm, friendly people, see fabulous sights and taste mouth-watering local cuisine. Laid back Laos is easy to explore but difficult to leave.
Laos Holiday Highlights
• Luang Prabang sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Discover its diverse architecture, historic temples and charming old French mansions.
• Sleepy capital city Vientiane is home to ornate temples and colonial-influenced architecture.
• The Plain of Jars is a fascinating area of rolling fields, where hundreds of huge stone jars lay scattered across the landscape.
• Visit the limestone caves of Pak Ou, many encased with images of Buddha.
• Laos' remote northern provinces lie close to the borders of China, Thailand and Vietnam, and are home minority groups still living traditional ways of life from centuries past.
Laos - The Essentials
• Never touch someone on the head or point with your feet, always remove your shoes before entering a person’s home and dress conservatively, especially when entering temples and sacred religious sights.
• In Laos smiles are often returned!