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Laos Holidays

RUGGED BEAUTY MEETS ANCIENT TRADITIONS

Laos holidays soon have travellers settling into the slow pace of this laid-back land. Whether joining locals for a game of petanque or offering alms to monks, the genuine warmth of the people of Laos is striking.

Landlocked Laos is often overlooked for its more famous beach-clad neighbours, however the spectacular landscapes, sparkling temples and secluded charms rival any in Asia. Tranquillity abounds in the languid villages and even the cities feel more like laid-back towns. The Mekong meanders by, setting the slow pace with life blooming along its fertile banks.

Buddhism is an integral part of the culture in Laos and blossoms in the ever-present golden temples. Laos is home to a diverse range of ethnic minorities and a unique cuisine, and even seasoned travel find a sense of wonder here. It is a serendipity for those seeking an Asia not often found these days.

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laos highlights

  • The Night Market in Luang Prabang

    Laos' royal capital, Luang Prabang is home to the region’s most authentic night market, where local hill tribes sell textiles, handmade silver jewellery and delicious regional snacks.

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  • Walk the Plain of Jars

    See the mysterious Plain of Jars, steeped in legend, and spend a couple of hours walking between two of the sites.

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  • Cruise the Mekong

    Soak up the laid-back charms of the upper Mekong on an overnight slow boat journey from Thailand or cruise for a few hours near the Cambodian border to try and spot the elusive Irrawaddy River Dolphin.

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  • Kayak in Vang Vieng

    Kayak amidst the dramatic limestone scenery on the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, made even more magical by the colours of the setting sun.

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  • Cooking class in Luang Prabang

    Learn how to make delicious Lao cuisine in a hands-on cooking class at Tamarind in Luang Prabang.

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  • Cycle Done Khone in the 4,000 Islands

    Visit the remote 4,000 Islands region in Southern Laos for untouched beauty and rare flora and fauna, then cycle the quiet lanes amongst crumbling architecture and coconut palms.

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  • Alms ceremony in Luang Prabang

    Rise early and join locals on the streets of Luang Prabang offering rice and other alms to the line of hundreds of monks, with saffron robes stretching as far as the eye can see.

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  • Sample coffee on the Bolaven Plateau

    Sample Robusta and Arabica coffee straight from the grower at a small organic coffee plantation on the Bolaven Plateau.

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  • A game of Petanque in Luang Prabang

    A remnant from the country’s French occupation, Petanque is a national pastime in Laos. Join the locals for a game and make a new friend.

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  • Stay at Kamu Lodge

    Stay in a sustainable eco-lodge and learn about traditional activities with your Kamu hosts, trying some of the activities yourself before falling asleep amongst the surrounding tranquillity.

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Laos reviews verified by Reevoo

Sights / Places to go
8.9
Cuisine
8.0
Overall rating
8.9
Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
8 out of 10

Deanne

Upwey Couple
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Pakbeng accommodation and meals was good.
Baci ceremony and NGO visit in Vientiane was good.
Information to satisfy special interests was lacking eg. primary education.
Confirmed traveller: 17 January 2016
Published on: 07 February 2016
10 out of 10

Helen

Singleton WA Single traveller
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Loved visiting the Living Village where we learnt all the different stages of growing rice.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed traveller: 22 November 2015
Published on: 21 December 2015
10 out of 10

Gail

Bellingen Single traveller
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The Lao people were friendly ,welcoming and resilient. It was very sobering to witness their acceptance and composure in the face of past and present troubles. The landscape was stunning and varied and the place we visited were interesting and thought provoking. It was great to visit an Asian country that has not been too westernised .
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed traveller: 09 August 2015
Published on: 27 August 2015