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Buddha statues in a temple in southern Laos
Buddha statues in a temple in southern Laos Buddha statues, Vientianne, Laos Monks collecting Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos Boats on the river close to the 4000 Islands, Laos
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  • Buddha statues in a temple in southern Laos
  • Buddha statues, Vientianne, Laos
  • Monks collecting Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Boats on the river close to the 4000 Islands, Laos
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Travel to Laos

Laos is the last, largely untouched country in South East Asia were you can still enjoy a peace and tranquillity that is so hard to find in our hectic world. Isolated for decades, visitors are now re-discovering this remote Asian backwater, its beautiful scenery, generous and friendly people and interesting cultural history. For anyone open to a more adventurous style of holiday, a trip to Laos will certainly offer a rich and rewarding cultural experience unlike anywhere else in the world.

Laos has its own unique cultural identity, which can be found as equally in the local rice shops and noodle stands of Vientiane as it can be in the colourful hill tribes of the north. The former Royal Kingdoms of Vientiane and Luang Prabang display a wealth of superb Buddhist temples side by side with more modern French colonial architecture, and of course the enigmatic Plain of Jars is certain to leave you wondering. A wide range of distinctive traditional handicrafts is available, including silverware, ceramics, woodcarvings, textiles, and tribal crafts. The hilly, jungle-clad landscape is home to a bewildering variety of rare and beautiful wildlife, including Javan mongoose, leopard cats, gibbons and langurs, goat-antelopes, bears, gaurs and the majestic Asian elephant. Flowing through the entire length of the country, the majestic Mekong River is home to the very rare Irrawaddy Dolphin and also helps to support many species of resident and migratory birds. Above all, Laos is a country of people – genuine, friendly and always with a warm smile. Their relaxed approach and the unhurried pace of life is a really refreshing change to the chaotic hustle and bustle that marks much of the rest of Southeast Asia.

Our suggested Laos holiday itineraries are a perfect starting place when planning your next trip. They can be booked just as they are or used as a base for a tailor-made holiday designed to fit your exact requirements. Laos combines very well with Thailand and Vietnam to make a longer multi destination holiday and our specialist travel consultants will be happy to help you with any aspect of you holiday planning.

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Martin Hosie
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Martin is widely travelled, having visited more than 50 countries He is a keen trekker and loves to travel off the beaten path. He has travelled extensively through Southeast Asia.
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We take responsible travel very seriously, and design and run our tours in as sustainable and responsible fashion as possible, while still giving you the holiday experience you are looking for. We are also very committed to supporting the local people in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos who make these tours possible and try to ensure as much benefit from our trips stays in country as we can. Read more


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