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Landlocked in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula, formerly known as the country of "a million elephants", Laos is a bastion of exploration and land of adventure. During a circuit in Laos, it is in a natural environment still preserved, between mountains covered with thick forests opening onto small valleys and villages along the King Mekong, that you will go to meet a palette incredible diverse human, with some 80 ethnic minorities in Laos. A trip to Laos is also a destination with spiritual overtones, in a rocked region living with Buddhism. A philosophy of life that can be found in its many temples with bold architecture, but above all which has permeated the spirit of a discreet local population, almost nonchalant but disconcertingly bewitching.

WHERE TO GO IN Laos ?

There is more than history and culture to see in the dynamic and enthralling country of Laos. As the only landlocked area in Southeast Asia, Laos is blessed with incredible views and diverse terrains, and the tropical climate creates the perfect setting in which to enjoy mountain, cave and water adventures all year round. Check out below Laos top places to visit or search in the list.
Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

The ancient capital of Lane Xang Kingdom

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Vientiane

Vientiane

Vientiane

The ancient capital of Lane Xang Kingdom

4000 Islands

4000 Islands

4000 Islands

Phonsavan

Phonsavan

Phonsavan

Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw

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WHAT TO DO & SEE IN Laos ?

The best things to do in Laos combine stunning mountainous landscapes with ancient cultural attractions. It's fair to say that this landlocked country is one of the few truly exotic travel destinations left in the world. Laos has a 'back-in-time' feel to it, along with friendly locals, atmospheric Buddhist temples and enigmatic heritage sites. You should expect a roller-coaster of a cultural ride when exploring this country. From the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang to the unexplained and mysterious Plain of Jars, it's easy to be fascinated and in awe of this wonderful land.
Family Vacation

Family Vacation

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The combination of fun and educational activities

Cycling

Cycling

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Explore every corners of the destination on two wheels

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Must-see

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Luxury

Luxury

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Unique experience combined with top-notch services

Honeymoon

Honeymoon

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Easy excursions combined with unique experience making the long-lasting romantic memories

Trek & Hike

Trek & Hike

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Explore the least visited destinations and unknown experience on foot

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Cruise

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The combination of some must-see experience and the cruise tour along the mighty rivers

Unseen

Unseen

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Reveal off-the-beatentrack routes, least explored destinations, and unknown tribe groups

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Laos EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE

With very little by way of global commercialization, visiting Laos can feel like you’ve been transported to another universe or gone back in time. Check out these experiences you can only have in this Southeast Asian nation.

Lose yourself in Luang Prabang city

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Let's start your day city tour in Luang Prabang with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. From there, you walk to the...

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Luang Prabang Morning Alms Giving

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Sai Bat (Morning Alms) is a longstanding tradition in Laos Buddhist culture. In observing it, the devoted offer food to monks throughout the Luang Prabang every mornin...

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Immerse yourself in Kuang Si waterfalls

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An icon just outside the city, Kuang Si Waterfalls are stunning and SO worth seeing it in person (the water really is that blue!). If you are fairly confident and comf...

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Explore Pak Ou caves

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You can embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives you a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious P...

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Explore the Khmer Ruins of Wat Phu

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Also just on the outskirts of Pakse, Wat Phu is an impressive Khmer temple that reminds me of a miniature version of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, though it was actually bui...

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Coffee trail experience by jeep car in Bolaven Plateau

bee-white Coffee trail experience by jeep car in Bolaven Plateau

The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley and famous for its sprawling coffee plantations and many waterfalls....

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Have an adventure in Vang Vieng

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Hidden among green-carpeted karsts and pockets of jungle, ruggedly beautiful Vang Vieng is no longer the party town that gave it its bad reputation, but a lot of fun c...

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Live like a Parisian in Vientiane

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Formerly a French colony, charming Vientiane is South-East Asia’s answer to Paris. Visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statue...

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Drown in history at Vieng Xai’s caves

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Despite suffering heavy bombardment at the hands of the USA, Vieng Xai, a valley of verdant hills, quaint houses and manmade lakes, is astonishingly beautiful. Of the...

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Trek your way through Phongsali

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If you thought you didn’t need to pack a coat for Laos, think again. At an altitude of 1,626m, mountainous Phongsali gets cold, but it’s worth bracing it f...

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Soak up the waterfalls in Si Phan Don

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Head south to Si Phan Don, explore the local peaceful villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old col...

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Gibbon Experience in Huay Xai

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If spending your nights sleeping in sky-high treehouses alongside gibbons, and days ziplining from tree to tree is your idea of jungle heaven, then you’re in luc...

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Visit Buddha Park in Vientiane

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No trip to Vientiane is complete without checking out the sculptures in Buddha Park. Also called Xieng Kuan, this family-friendly park on the banks of the Mekong is 15...

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Visit Elephant Village Sanctuary in Luang Prabang

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The Elephant Village Sanctuary in Luang Prabang is an educational facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and protection of Asian elephants in Laos. The facility also...

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Explore Kong Lor Caves

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Tucked within the Phou Hin Boun National Protected Area in central Laos are the Kong Lor Caves. It is a river cave system that stretches for more than 7.4 kilometers,...

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The Living Land Company

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The organic farm of The Living Land Company not only grows food in Luang Prabang but provides an opportunity for tourists to work on the land like the natives. Located...

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Viewpoint Nong Khiaw

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One of the best visual perspectives of the natural landscape in Laos is from the Viewpoint at Nong Khiaw in the northern part of the country. If you are up for the 1.5...

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Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

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The Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden is a stunning display of plants and flowers that are native to Laos. This facility has a greater mission to educate visitors on the rel...

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Marvel at the Enigmatic Plain of Jars

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Plain of Jars’ thousands of mysterious megalithic jars are scattered throughout Xiang Khuang Province in northeastern Laos. Dating from the iron age, the oldest...

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Float Down the Mekong

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The Mekong River, which spans the length of the country from its northern jungles to the volcanic coffee-growing plains around Pakse, has been Laos’ lifeline for...

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Hike Among the Hill Tribes in the Nam Ha Reserve

bee-white Hike Among the Hill Tribes in the Nam Ha Reserve

The northern town of Luang Nam Tha is close to the Chinese border and the perfect gateway to hike through pristine rainforest and meet Laos’ hill tribe communiti...

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Motorbike the Thakek Loop

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The 450-kilometer-long Thakek loop starts on the south end of the southern Lao town of Thakek and takes you north, following the Lao-Vietnam border, past sleepy villag...

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Gorge on Khao Piak Sen, Laos' Noodle Soup

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Every traveler should try one of Laos’ simplest but tastiest foods, khao piak sen. This savory tapioca noodle soup served in chicken broth is sold at every resta...

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Drink a Beer Lao

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Laos’ namesake beer is as popular and widespread as water. In fact, sometimes it is easier to find than bottled water as you really can find it anywhere …...

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Zip Over the Country’s Biggest Waterfall

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The twin waterfall of Tad Fane in the Bolaven Plateau is breathtaking enough when approached on foot, and even more so when experienced from a zipline perched at more...

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Eat Traditional Lao Street Food

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Laos’ main cities are filled with a plethora of international dining choices and fine cuisine, but to truly enjoy the zesty flavors of Lao cooking, it’s be...

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Bow to the Giant Golden Buddha at Wat Phou Salao

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Have you ever been to Pakse if you haven’t taken the time to climb the staircase to the top of Wat Phou Salao?  Doubtful. A moderate half-hour climb brings...

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Baci Ceremony

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Baci Ceremony (also spelt Basi) is specific ceremony in Laos which has been practiced for hundreds of years. The term commonly used is “Sou Khuan” which me...

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Elephant Conservation Center in Xayaboury

bee-white Elephant Conservation Center in Xayaboury

The Elephant Conservation Center hosts Laos’ first hospital dedicated to elephants that are victims of logging accidents or affected by diseases.

Locat...

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Stay at Kamu Lodge near Luang Prabang

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The Kamu Lodge is a beautiful eco-lodge in a remote location on the banks of the majestic Mekong River in northern Laos. Access to the lodge is by a private boat - a t...

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HAND-CRAFTED Laos TOUR PACKAGES

Our custom private tours of Laos showcase the best this enchanting country has to offer. From witnessing chanting monks to experiencing its historic sights, our custom Laos tours are designed to cater to different styles of travel whether it’s cultural, adventure, or family. Browse, get some ideas then contact a travel consultant to discuss an ideal itinerary, suited to your exact interests and travel needs.

Northeastern Laos Adventure

Northeastern Laos Adventure

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Northeastern Laos Adventure
Trek & Hike / 15 days / fr. $1,397

Indulge yourself in the rich culture and nature of authentic Laos from vibrant temples to lush jungle. Luang Prabang offers you plenty of chances to take great photos and enjoy great food. Head to... More

Cycle Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Cycle Vientiane to Luang Prabang

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Cycle Vientiane to Luang Prabang
Cycling / 9 days / fr. $1,080

Start in Vientiane and end in Luang Prabang! With the Bicycle tour Cycle Vientiane to Luang Prabang - 9 Days, you have a 9 days tour package taking you through Vientiane, Laos and 4 other destinati... More

Classic Laos Tour

Classic Laos Tour

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Classic Laos Tour
Must-see / 5 days / fr. $550

Luang Prabang and Vientiane are the must-see cities of Laos, which are included in this 5-day Classic Laos Tour. The highlights range from the charming town of Luang Prabang, and Vientiane to the m... More

Active Indochina Honeymoon Vacation: 4-Week Cambodia - Laos - Vietnam Holiday

Active Indochina Honeymoon Vacation: 4-Week Cambodia - Laos - Vietnam Holiday

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Active Indochina Honeymoon Vacation: 4-Week Cambodia - Laos - Vietnam Holiday
Honeymoon / 29 days / fr. $8,390

If you fancy a honeymoon where you can explore the best of three countries, with lots of memorable off-the-beaten-track adventures thrown in along the way – look no further. On this action-pa... More

Laos - Uncover the Mysteries

Laos - Uncover the Mysteries

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Laos - Uncover the Mysteries
Unseen / 19 days / fr. $2,470

Uncover the Mysteries is part of our Laos Soft Adventure tour collection. The journey throughout Laos from the North to the South, from river to river, from mountain to mountain. The journey of cul... More

Laos Nature & Culture

Laos Nature & Culture

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Laos Nature & Culture
Must-see / 7 days / fr. $770

Being one of the most laid-back country, there are plenty of spots in Laos remain as the mystery to the world. Within this 7-day Laos Nature & Culture, we will visit some of them including the... More

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Laos BLOG ARTICLES

The romance of train travel is alive and well in Laos. The recently-completed high-speed railway that stretches from Vientiane, through Laos, and into southern China is operating ‘full steam’ ahead. 

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Luang Prabang will celebrate the boat racing festival (Boun Souang Heua) in Namkhan River during Buddhist Lent Period, on August 26th, 2022.

A notice issued by Luang Prabang provincial office says that Luang Prabang will arrange Boun Hor Khaopadapdin, an annual festival held to feed spirits with home-made parcels of food, and the boat racing activities along Namkhan River. 

The province intends to promote the traditional festival and practices in hopes of attracting more domestic and foreign tourists, generating revenue for locals.

Traditional racing boats are made of a single tree and can accommodate up to fifty rowers.

The boats are considered sacred, are cleaned, and are given offerings which are believed to bring victory to the team.

In the downtown heart of Luang Prabang, there will also be gatherings and markets.

The festival will be held on August 26th, 2022, the same day with Boun Khao Padapdine.

Covid-19 put a stop to traditional customs and festivals for almost three years, but now that the measurements have been relaxed, tourist destinations in Laos expect to recommence festivities and offer hope for travelers.

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How long to spend in Laos may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out. 

How long can you stay in Laos? 

Well, as long as you like! From 7 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Laos and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Laos is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Laos with its neighbor countries. 

Stay tuned! We are going to sort all these things out including the step-by-step guide to create the best itinerary in Laos.

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The Rocket Festival (Boun Bang Fai) is a merit-making ceremony traditionally practiced by ethnic Lao people near the beginning of the wet season in numerous villages and municipalities, in the regions of Northeastern Thailand and Laos. Celebrations typically include preliminary music and dance performances, competitive processions of floats, dancers and musicians on the second day, and culminating on the third day in competitive firings of home-made rockets. Local participants and sponsors use the occasion to enhance their social prestige, as is customary in traditional Buddhist folk festivals throughout Southeast Asia.

The festival in Thailand also includes special programs and specific local patterns like Bung Fai (Parade dance) and a Beautiful Bung Fai float such as Yasothon the third weekend of May, and continues Suwannaphum District, Roi Et on the first weekend of June, Phanom Phrai District Roi Et during the full moon of the seventh month in Lunar year's calendar each year. The Bung Fai festival is not only found in Isan or Northeasthern Thailand and North Thailand and Laos, but also in Amphoe Sukhirin, Narathiwat.

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A report from Andy Jarosz from BBC Travel about his day trekking to the remote 100 waterfalls in Nong Khiaw 10 years ago (in 2012). The experience that you cannot miss when visiting the area. Check out the details as below so that you have some ideas of what to expect.

In the last four years, the rural village of Nong Khiaw has seen a steady stream of adventure travellers who want to experience the 10km trek before it disappears.

Strictly speaking, the name of the 100 Waterfalls Trek in northern Laos is misleading, since it is impossible to say how many waterfalls tumble through the thick jungle along the steady 10km ascent, with each one tumbling immediately into the next.

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Laos has announced a full reopening to tourism today that allows vaccinated arrivals to enter the country without any testing requirements.

Government Spokesperson and Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, Madame Thippakone Chanthavongsa, spoke during an announcement broadcast live across social media.

She said that as the number of Covid-19 cases had significantly decreased, and in order to ensure economic recovery, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and the government of Laos had coordinated with a number of sectors to determine new entry measures in line with the global situation.

After canvassing public opinion and consulting with experts, the Taskforce has set out the following measures for entry to Laos, effective from 9 May onward:

All international checkpoints will be open for entry and exit by Lao citizens, foreign residents, tourists, and other types of visitors.

Citizens of countries that have bilateral or unilateral visa waiver agreements with Laos may now enter Laos without the need for a visa.

Citizens of countries that do not have a visa waiver agreement with Laos may now apply for a visa at a Lao embassy or consulate abroad or via the e-Visa online system. Visa on arrivals will also be reinstated at certain international checkpoints.

Fully vaccinated foreigners or Lao citizens carrying a vaccination certificate may enter Laos without any screening or testing for Covid-19 when arriving by land, air, or water.

Non-vaccinated citizens of Laos, foreign citizens, or residents aged 12 years and over must take a Rapid Antigen Test (ATK) at least 48 hours prior to departure and present the results upon arrival.

Foreign arrivals in Laos that become infected with Covid-19 must bear responsibility for any and all medical costs involved in treatment.

Private vehicles may now enter and exit the territory of Laos via checkpoints as prior to the pandemic. Guidelines regarding this measure will be drafted and publicized by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Madame Thippakone said that ministries and tourism departments, as well as tourism businesses, must now be fully prepared to welcome foreign tourists.

At the same time, she announced the reopening of entertainment venues and karaoke bars, however, such venues must ensure they fully comply with Covid-19 prevention measures.

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