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The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos is an undiscovered jewel of southeast Asia.
Landlocked and laid-back with a rich history spanning 10,000 years, this land of mountain, mists and untamed natural beauty tempts travellers with unrivalled peace and serenity. With every facet of life permeated by Buddhism and a slow, old-fashioned charm, Laos is one of Southeast Asia’s most beguiling destinations.
Laos’s lifeline is the Mekong River, which runs the length of the country, and feeds the broad diversity of people that make up her population. From colourfully dressed hill tribes scattered throughout the mountains to the tranquil Buddhist monasteries of the ethnic Lao in the low-lying river valleys, the heartbeat of this alluring country must be her people whose welcoming warmth, genuine faith and generous hospitality are unforgettable. Don’t be surprised if you are dragged by a stranger to celebrate a birth over too much Beerlao and lào-láo!
After many years of war and isolation, Laos seems to have emerged unscathed, with a slow, languid charm that has won a cult status amongst travellers. Stretching from the forest-clad mountains of the north to the islands of the far south, there’s enough here to keep you occupied for weeks, and still feel as though you’d barely scratched the surface.
Watch hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries-old monasteries at the royal city of Luang Prabang or head into the forested mountains of northern Laos to see the gothic limestone karsts around Vang Vieng. Stroll around the bustling market town of Pakse where you can sip Beerlao on the riverfront and soak up the laid-back provincial vibe or take to a hammock on one of the islands of Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) where life seems to slow to a grinding halt.
Immerse yourself in the uncomplicated culture of this fascinating land with a ride through the countryside on a rickety old bus crammed with sacks of rice, more people than seats, and blaring tinny Lao pop music or enjoy a leisurely sail down the Mekong past staggeringly beautiful scenery.
Exclusive Adventures will arrange a private and tailor-made tour to this incredible country, which includes a romantic Luang Say Cruise down the meandering Mekong River.
Nestled amidst green mountains on the banks of the Mekong, Luang Prabang is attractive not only because of its natural beauty but also due to the golden facades of its many Wat temples.FIND OUT MORE
Central to Laos culture, this event takes place to honour significant achievements in a Lao person’s life.
The spectacular road between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang.
Wildlife of Laos
The geography of southern Laos makes it a rich area for wildlife.
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