Landlocked between Thailand and Vietnam, the long forgotten backwater of Laos is startlingly beautiful with rolling mountains, jagged limestone cliffs, brooding jungles, remote tribal villages and the mighty Mekong River. The pace of life is slow, centuries-old traditions are lovingly retained and the Lao people wonderfully welcoming.
In the sleepy capital, Vientiane, tree-lined boulevards are crowded with frangipani and tamarind, ancient ruins, gleaming stupas and graceful colonial buildings. When in need of a break, you’ll find numerous cafes and patisseries, a tasty legacy of French rule.
Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of Southeast Asia’s most alluring places and considered to be the religious heart of Laos. Wander the palm-lined riverbanks and tranquil streets, passing gilded wats, traditional wooden houses and with luck, and a 4am wake up call you’ll see saffron-clad monks collecting alms for your own picture-perfect snapshot of bygone Asia.
The Mekong is the lifeline of Laos, so there is perhaps no better way to discover this stunningly scenic and culturally distinctive land than a river cruise (available on request).
- Traditional Buddhist culture
- Wondrous scenery
- Friendly people
- Cruise the Mekong
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Step back in time experience