Patuxai monument at sunset, Vientiane, Laos
A holiday to Laos is like a journey back in time. Switch off, unplug and relax in the most laid-back country in Asia. After only recently opening its doors to tourists, you’ll discover inspiringly modest villages, breath-taking and unspoilt scenery, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.
The towns and cities in Laos are a delightful contrast to the buzz of its more well-known neighbours like Thailand and Vietnam. In the modest capital of Vientiane, you’ll find elegant architecture and a growing café culture, while in the sleepy province of Champasak you’ll gain a real sense of the authentic traditions that Laos is known for.
The diverse landscape in Laos offers a wealth of activities for you to enjoy. If you’re a thrill seeker, head to Vang Vieng where you can trek through mesmerising underground river caves, swing your way through exhilarating jungle zip lines, or kayak down the Mekong river. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll enjoy exploring the jungle, surveying the glittering rice fields and spotting wondrous animals like gibbons and leopards, and hundreds of species of birds.
Trek through Xa Bang Fai River Cave, one of the largest river caves in the world
Stroll through Luang Prabang, a charming UNESCO protected town
Dive into some of southeast Asia's most spectacular waterfalls
Capital city: Vientiane
Currency: Lao Kip
Time difference: GMT + 7 hours
Flight time: 14.5 hours to Vientiane via Bangkok
Laos Trip ideas
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Places to go in Laos
Here are some of the best places to go in Laos. Got a few ideas about where you’d like to go or need some help? Call our Travel Designers now: 01483 319 333
Things to do in Laos
Here are some of the things you can do in Laos. When you've chosen your favourite experiences, just give our Travel Designers a call and they'll put a trip together for you. If you need help choosing an experience, or if you want to learn more about it, our Travel Designers will be more than happy to talk to you. Just call them on: 01483 319 333
Map of Laos
When to go to Laos
Being a landlocked country Laos is good to visit all year round, although it still has wet and dry seasons. The dry season is between October to late April and the wet season falls between March to April. If you're into caving and mountain climbing, you should avoid the wetter months, although this is a great time to explore the 4000 islands. The ideal time to visit is between October to March.