Laos highlights

Laos, The Land of a Million Elephants, rich in both nature and culture remains mysterious and largely undeveloped. Other-worldly plateaus such as the extraordinary Plain of Jars spread wide before high mountain ranges. The ancient capitals of Luang Prabang, Vientiane, grace the landscape. And through it all winds the great, life-giving Mekong River.

Discover here some of our favourite places and travel experiences, which can be included in your personalised itinerary. Together with our suggestions for unique accommodation choices, use them as a starting point, combine them with your own ideas.

Bolaven Plateau

An extraordinary natural feature 50km across, the plateau is a densely vegetated volcanic caldera enjoying a cooler, more refreshing climate than the surrounding countryside.

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Luang Nam Tha

Luang Nam Tha is a lush, forested province in the North West of Laos, a centre for trekking, kayaking, rafting, and mountain-biking

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Luang Prabang

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this former capital of the ancient Lane Xang kingdom is a city of golden Buddhist temples and faded French colonial splendour

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Muang Sing

A small town in the mountainous north-west corner of Luang Nam Tha province, bordering Myanmar and China, Muang Sing represents a confluence of cultures

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Nong Khiaw: remote town on the banks of the Nam Ou River

Set amongst dozens of limestone karsts, the town is full of stunning scenery. Within walking distance of Nong Khiaw are some Hmong villages where you can learn more about this ethnic minority.

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Pakbeng

Pakbeng is a bustling port town on the Mekong, midway between Houayxai and Luang Prabang.

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Pakse

Former capital of the Kingdom of Champasak, Pakse lies at the confluence of the Mekong and Don Rivers

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Plain of Jars

Volcanic plateaus and green valleys, mountains and caves, magnificent waterfalls and other worldly rock formations combine to form the region of Xieng Khouang

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Savannakhet

Translating as ‘Golden Land’, this French colonial trading post is located on one of the most important trade routes in South East Asia

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Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a small town nestled in a scenic bend of the Nam Song River, amid breath-taking limestone scenery

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Vat Phou: pre Angkorian temple complex

The Vat Phou ruins are at the base of a curiously shaped 1,416-metre mountain, which has a flat narrow peak and steep forested sides. On the summit of the mountain is a 15-metre high monolith, which is the main reason for the site of the temple as this is a natural lingam or symbol of the Hindu god Shiva.

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Vientiane

This dusty jewel of South East Asia is set among open green spaces, broad, tree lined boulevards laid out on the shore of the mighty Mekong River

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