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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 & Biking

Cycling & Biking

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Explore every corners of the destination on two wheels

Must-see

Must-see

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Check out all the must-see places and things to do & see

Luxury Holiday

Luxury Holiday

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Unique experience combined with top-notch services

Honeymoon Vacation

Honeymoon Vacation

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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

Cruise

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

Wellness & Leisure

Wellness & Leisure

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Easy excursion combined with week-long beach break

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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

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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

bee-white Drown in history at Vieng Xai’s caves

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

bee-white The Living Land Company

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

bee-white Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

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

bee-white Marvel at the Enigmatic Plain of Jars

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

bee-white Bow to the Giant Golden Buddha at Wat Phou Salao

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

bee-white Stay at Kamu Lodge near Luang Prabang

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.

Classic Laos Biking Tour

Classic Laos Biking Tour

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Classic Laos Biking Tour
Cycling & Biking / 10 days / fr. $1,320

Escape the bustling city of Luang Prabang and discover the beautiful countryside of Vang Vieng. Bike uphill on some challenging roads and take in the stunning scenery of Kiu Kacham and Ban Keun. &n... More

Northern Laos Exploration

Northern Laos Exploration

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Northern Laos Exploration
Luxury Holiday / 15 days / fr. $4,800

Lao is famous for its beautiful green virgin nature, which attracts nature lovers all over the world to come, and explore. 15-day Northern Laos Exploration tour brings you to the most remote areas... More

The Trail of Luang Prabang

The Trail of Luang Prabang

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The Trail of Luang Prabang
Unseen / 8 days / fr. $1,040

Within 8-day Adventure Luang Prabang Tour, you can see all the best Luang Prabang has to offer. From the never fading culture to the nature beauties; from the ancient city to the amazing Kuang Si w... More

Impression on Laos

Impression on Laos

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Impression on Laos
Must-see / 18 days / fr. $1,980

18-day Impression on Laos tour is the one of our Laos Must-see tour collection. The journey throughout Laos from the North to the South, from border to border, from river to river, from mountain to... More

Southern Laos Adventure

Southern Laos Adventure

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Southern Laos Adventure
Unseen / 10 days / fr. $1,600

Southern Laos is the worthiest destination to visit in Laos. The area has its all to offer to tourists including the mountainous area of Bolaven Plateau with plenty of colorful hill tribe village,... More

Laos Retreat

Laos Retreat

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Laos Retreat
Luxury Holiday / 11 days / fr. $3,300

Culture and Nature of Laos just combines in this 11-day tour. Exploring the ancient town of Luang Prabang and its surrounding, allured by the never fading tradition. Continue with the exploration t... More

PREPARING YOUR TRIP TO Laos

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Laos BLOG ARTICLES

Taking a cruise on the fascinating Mekong River offers a unique and memorable travel experience. The Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in Asia, flows through several countries, including China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Each destination along the river offers its own distinct cultural, historical, and natural attractions. In this article, we will go over what you can expect when cruising the Mekong River. 

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Despite being open to tourism for the past two decades, Laos remains a destination brimming with hidden treasures and unexplored gems, awaiting the arrival of curious adventurers.

Among these remarkable places is the Xe Champhone Loop, an enchanting location that captures the essence of Laos.

In early September 2022, we had the privilege of embarking on an Educational Tour organized by the esteemed Tetraktys Organization. Our objective was to delve into the wonders of this loop and promote its allure to international tourists.

During our expedition, we were awe-struck by the captivating sights and valuable insights we gained. The area boasts an abundance of captivating natural landscapes, rich traditional culture, and warm-hearted hosts.

We have compiled comprehensive information about this captivating region below.

Stay connected to discover more about this hidden gem!

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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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