Laos

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Our lodges in Laos

Settha Palace

Settha Palace

Vientiane
Muang La Resort

Muang La Resort

Muang La
Ansara Hotel

Ansara Hotel

Vientiane
Amantaka

Amantaka

Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang

Sofitel Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang
Satri House

Satri House

Luang Prabang

Why we recommend Laos

  • Witness the shimmering temples and villages in the countryside with fewer tourists
  • Rise at dawn to make your contribution of rice to the calming Buddhist Alms ritual
  • Enjoy picnics on the palm lined river banks of the Mekong
Map of Laos
About Laos

I have travelled extensively in Laos. My fondest memory being a cruise up the Mekong to Huay Xai to travel further in the Golden Triangle in Thailand.

We can navigate you through the dense jungle, to experience the Akha tribes in their richest and most natural form. You experience these hill tribe villages around Muang La, Muang Khua and Nong Khaiw.

Feast your eyes on the unspoilt nature in Laos. This is one of the hidden charms of this magnificent country, still relatively untouched and undiscovered.

Why Travel to Laos with True Luxury Travel?

We believe we work with the very best guides in Laos. So much of Laos hasn’t been discovered yet, and I know some of the best experiences come from delving deeper into the Jungle, for instance, getting down the backstreets in these dozy towns. The infrastructure might not be there, you might be without Wifi for a day, but the most natural experience comes from pushing the boundaries and building new relationships with locals to ensure your experience is as authentic as it can possibly be.

It takes an experienced tour operator to find new homestays and routes through the jungle to see the hill tribes at their most natural. We can also navigate the temples and caves with next to no other tourists.

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Give us a call to harness our knowledge and be inspired. Whether your first or tenth trips to Asia, we can shed some light on some exciting new places to check out.

Once we have spoken to you the team work on creating an itinerary to suit your preferences and budget, this can then be tweaked and amended until it is perfect.

We support you before you go away with all the information you require, no request is too big or too small, when you are away we are always on hand with 24/7 support should you need us.

Area

Laos is situated in Southern Asia, bordered by five countries, China to the North, Vietnam to the East, Cambodia to the South, Thailand and Myanmar to the West. Laos is known as the pearl of Asia, it really is an absolute hidden gem. With its unspoilt landmarks and beautiful countryside combined with its fascinating Buddhist culture, this makes it the perfect destination for those who are seeking an adventurous and authentic experience.

Luang Prabang is the most visited place in Laos. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO world heritage town and a wonderful place to potter around. With fine temples dominating the tranquil streets and saffron-robed monks collecting alms, the atmosphere is intensely spiritual. Luang Prabang is small, and just about everywhere can be reached by foot. Walking and travelling by bicycle is the best way to see this tiny city.

In Luang Prabang, you will have the opportunity to take part in a traditional Baci ceremony. The Baci is a mix of Animism and Buddhism. These ceremonies are common to Laos. Their purpose is to “call back” your own spirits to your body because they sometimes escape.

You might also like to visit the Capital City, Vientiane. Comparing Vientiane to other Asian big hubs we know, the capital of Laos resembles a small village rather than a busy crowded city. This just shows how charming and relatively undeveloped Laos is.

Whilst in Vientiane, you'll enjoy visiting the famous Buddha Park. This features over 200 elaborately designed religious statues and sculptures, including a huge 40 metre high reclining Buddha. The Great Stupa is the most sacred monument in the whole of Laos, and certainly one of the country’s most beautiful.

From Luang Prabang, you can drive to Vang Vieng by private vehicle (approx 4 hrs). En route you will have the opportunity to visit local villages, Kasi and Phun Kun. While most people choose to fly between these two cities, the journey by road offers a remarkable alternative. From Luang Prabang you ascend through stunning mountains, with hairpin bends chasing their contours and offering panoramic views.

Vang Vieng is a riverside town located in central Laos, on the Song River. The area's main attraction is its dramatic karst hill landscape, making it increasingly popular for rock climbing.

The Upper Mekong in Laos is considered one of the most stunning passages on the river. A great way to enjoy the scenery is a boat trip from Luang Prabang, up to the Northern border at Huay Xai.

Practicalities

Rely on us to advise which months are best to travel around Laos. Being a landlocked country, you might also like to fly for some time on the beach too. I frequently send people to Central Vietnam and Southern Thailand. We do need to look out for the changing weather.

Snapshot of Laos

Capital city: Vientiane
Flight time: 14 hours from UK
Language: Lao
Population: 6.77 million
Religions: Buddhism
Sun hours / day: 6
Max. temperature: 40
Min. temperature: 16

Seasons in Laos

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Peak Mid Low
Where to go

Champasak

Set in stunning natural surroundings, Vat Phou, the ancient Khmer temple complex, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the main attraction in the area.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is described as the Jewel in Laos Crown. Surrounded by both the infamous Mekong and Nam Khan River, a lot of It offers a fascinating glimpse into Buddhist religious practice and traditional lifestyle of the various hill-tribe groups in this northern region of Laos. One of those small cities with atmospheric and charming personalities, Luang Prabang has topped the Top City category in Wanderlust's annual travel awards several times in recent years.

Vientian

Comparing it to other Asian big hubs we know, the capital of Laos, Vientiane resembles a small village rather than a busy crowded city. This just shows how charming and relatively undeveloped Laos is.

In Vientiane, most of the sightseeing can be done by foot, bike or by hiring a Songthaew. Giving you a village vibe rather than busy city feeling gives you a lay back notion famous for it’s ‘Please slow down joke’. The city offers a great choice of accommodation, restaurants and pavement cafes adding a French air with their style of architecture which contrast pleasingly with the old Buddhist temple dotted around

Practical info

Vaccinations

The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. This is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites. Many of the problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other preventive measures need to be taken.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover. You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

Visas

Visa conditions change regularly. For the most up to date information, contact the nearest Lao Embassy or Consulate.

You can get a visa on arrival for around US$35 or Thai Baht 1,500.00. You will need one passport photo. Alternatively, you can get a visa by contacting the Lao Embassy in London. Or if you are in the region, you can get a long-stay visa from the Lao Embassy in Bangkok or Hanoi.

When you enter Laos, make sure you get an entry stamp in your passport. Not having a legitimate entry stamp could lead to arrest or a large fine.

As of 31 December 2016, you’re only allowed to enter Thailand through a land border twice per calendar year using the 30-day visa exemption. For any additional land border crossings, you’ll need to obtain a visa in advance of travelling. This does not apply to entry by air into Thailand. For further information contact your nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate.

Passport

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Laos.

Weather

Laos JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 15 18 21 22 25 25 25 23 23 22 19 15
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 29 31 33 33 33 32 32 31 31 31 30 29
Rainfall ( mm ) 10 10 10 40 70 90 120 120 100 50 30 10

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