Laos Holidays: An Overview

Original Travel consultants have visited Laos several times in the last five years and believe that the Mekong, mountains and forest give Laos a great natural beauty that when combined with its French colonial heritage, Buddhist culture, and relaxed pace of life makes this arguably the most appealing country of south-east Asia.

Katie and Rosie are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Although land locked, Laos makes up for its lack of coast line by really making the most of the majestic Mekong river - there are boat trips and islands aplenty
  • If you want a real contrast to a busy life, then Laos is the place to head. It's super laid back (in the nicest possible way) and is full of contented, happy people

Luxury Holidays to Laos: The Detail

Laos is the oft-ignored backwater of what was once French Indochina, and as a fortuitous result retains much of the traditional charm and feel of a bygone era. Roughly the size of Britain, landlocked Laos is sandwiched between Vietnam, China, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia, all of whom have exerted a strong influence on the country during the course of its history. Laos has one of the lowest population densities in Asia, with most of its population living along the fertile lowlands of the Mekong River valley which forms the country's lifeline.

Did you know

  • Laos is the only country in Southeast Asia that is landlocked
  • The Khone Papeng waterfall is the largest waterfall in the whole of Southeast Asia
  • The country was once known as Lan Xang, meaning 'the kingdom of a million elephants'

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Original Highlight

Island hopping around some of the 4,000 islands (and there really are 4,000 there –albeit some pretty tiny!) in Southern Laos. With no cars in sight, you boat, walk or bicycle around the place - and will feel a million miles away from city life.

Rosie, Original Traveller

A note on price

There are no direct flights to Laos, so the journey costs around £700. Once there, price is dependent on the level of hotel – but a week in Luang Prabang and southern Laos (staying in our preferred hotels and lodges) would cost approximately £1,700 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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Flight from London

11:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs


Top picks for Laos

Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves

Luang Prabang

Some 15 miles upriver from Luang Prabang are the Pak Ou caves, situated at the confluence of the Ou and Mekong rivers.

What to do

Colourful Parasols

Luang Prabang

Laos

The highlight of Laos, and one of the highlights of Indochina, is the beautiful old city of Luang Prabang.

Where to go

La Folie Lodge

La Folie Lodge

Southern Laos

La Folie Lodge is situated on Don Daeng Island overlooking the beauties of the Mekong river, and is so secluded it is only accessible by boat from Champasak.

Where to stay

Pool with a view

Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

Luang Prabang

Laos’ first full luxury spa hotel, La Residence Phou Vao has a peaceful location just outside the city of Luang Prabang.

Where to stay

Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si Waterfall

Luang Prabang

Explore the Luang Prabang countryside and visit the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall and ethnic minority villages.

What to do

Amantaka

Amantaka

Luang Prabang

Amantaka was designed and renovated by renowned architect Pascal Trahan from 15 French colonial buildings dating from the early 1900's.

Where to stay

City Tour

City Tour

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is small, and just about everywhere can be reached by foot.

What to do

Southern Laos

Southern Laos

Laos

The least explored corner of the least explored country in Indochina

Where to go

River Resort

River Resort

Southern Laos

The River Resort is a peaceful water front retreat just outside of sleepy Champasak.

Where to stay

3 Nagas

3 Nagas

Luang Prabang

Housed in three UNESCO World Heritage site buildings, it’s surprising the 3 Nagas hotel was ever allowed, but great for guests that it was.

Where to stay

Kamu Lodge

Kamu Lodge

Luang Prabang

An eco-resort on the banks of the Mekong, with accommodation in luxurious safari-style tents with comfortable beds, solar-powered hot water, electricity, and private bathrooms.

Where to stay

Hotel de la Paix

Hotel de la Paix

Luang Prabang

Within these UNESCO-restored walls, Hotel de la Paix preserves Laotian heritage in a way that creates a hip and trendy option for those exploring Luang Prabang, the world’s only World Heritage town. Features of the colonial governors’ house and the watchtowers from the old prison remain, keystones from which contemporary design emanate. Standing ovation for architect Duangrit Bunnag…

Where to stay

You have been so incredibly helpful and we are enormously grateful - definitely keeping your itinerary for future use and will be recommending you to others

Georgina

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