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Rugged beauty meets ancient traditions

Historic streets, beautiful landscapes and welcoming people are just part of what makes a Laos vacation so unforgettable.

On a Laos vacation, discover a captivating country where age-old traditions continue as they’ve done for centuries. As you’ll find when you wander streets lined with crumbling French architecture, the colonial chapter of Laos’s history has done little to diminish the country’s own way of doing things.

Plunge yourself into Laotian culture by experiencing its many facets, whether it’s drifting down the Mekong through dramatic limestone landscapes, uncovering local legends on a plateau strewn with prehistoric stone jars, or meeting friendly local people over a game of petanque, a national pastime left behind by the French.

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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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