Laos Holidays

When we first visited Laos in the 90s, large areas of the country remained out of bounds due to the indiscriminate bombing inflicted on the country by the USA during the Vietnam War. It remains the most bombed country per capita in the world. Remarkably however the people have rebuilt their lives and, although it has been left behind economically by its neighbours, Laos has emerged as one of the most delightful countries in the Far East and it is well worth a visit.

Why we like Laos

When the British departed Laos on independence they left behind an efficient, if somewhat bureaucratic, administrative system. When the French departed they left behind good coffee and delicious bread. It is slightly incongruous and unworldly sitting in a little café in Luang Prabang, gazing out across the Mekong as the morning mist rises off the water while you eat delicious croissant. But you have to try it!

What to expect on your Laos holiday

Laos is a land of graceful temples and saffron-robed monks. Even the capital Vientiane has more of the feel of a rural town than a bustling metropolis. The infrastructure and accommodation in more remote areas remains limited but there you will find minority peoples, each with their own traditions, culture and intricate textiles for which the country is famous.

Some ideas for a Laos holiday

  • Travel the Mekong from the comfort of a small luxury river boat.
  • A surreal cross between Sleeping Beauty and the King and I, Luang Prabang epitomises the easy-going, laid back atmosphere of Laos.
  • Walk into the hills and visit some of the minority tribes. The textiles are beautiful.
  • The Plain of Jars remains a mystery and continues to cause international debate as to their origin. Include this in a private journey from Luang Prabang, via Plain of Jars to the south finishing in Vientiane.
  • Travel to southern Laos and explore Si Phan Don, the region of 4,000 islands.



Both Paul and Clare were captivated by Laos when they first visited and have since returned a number of times to soak up its sleepy atmosphere and explore more and more of the country as successive areas open up to tourism. Other key members of the team have also travelled to Laos for pleasure rather than work.


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