Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

Laos

Laos, "the Land of a Million Elephants", remains one of Asia's least-visited and most underrated destinations - a land of mystery and adventure that has yet to gain the recognition it deserves. The culture and pace of life to be found here are distinct from those of its more renowned neighbours, but no less impressive.

In Luang Prabang you'll find one of Southeast Asia's most atmospheric towns - a former capital brimming with ornate palaces and temples. Explore beyond the cities and you'll discover rugged jungle-clad mountains bisected by great rivers, amongst which vast caves, archaeological mysteries and laid-back riverside locations lie. Just a short flight from Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos makes for an easy addition to any journey through Indochina, but we whole-heartedly recommend considering it as a destination in its own right.

  • It's hard not to fall in love with Laos, a country of such serenity and natural beauty that it beguiles all who visit. From the jungles of the north to the bucolic 4,000 Islands in the south this is a country that I guarantee you will adore, and wonder why no-one told you about it before!
    Ruth Hubbard - Product Manager
  • Vientiane

    Laos' compact modern capital, Vientiane, set on the banks of the Mekong River, has a slow-paced charm and delightful café culture.

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  • Luang Prabang

    Ringed by mountains, riverside Luang Prabang is Laos' star attraction; a UNESCO World Heritage town filled with temples, palaces and an atmosphere of rare serenity.

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  • Nong Khiaw

    Set on the banks of the Nam Ou River, Nong Khiaw is the gateway to minority culture and the dramatic scenery of Northern Laos

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  • Muang La

    Muang La is a charming town on the banks of the Nam Pak River, surrounded by farmland, mountains and traditional villages in a beautifully picturesque corner of northern Laos. The area is particularly famous for its lovely natural hot springs, which are free to all visitors.

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  • Sayaboury

    Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC), a few hours south of Luang Prabang is a fantastic opportunity to get up close to the elephants and to support Laos's declining elephant population

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  • Vang Vieng

    The delightful karst scenery of Vang Vieng, cut through by meandering rivers, is the perfect place for caving, climbing and kayaking. Having shaken off its reputation as a backpacker haven the town has reinvented itself as a centre for outdoor activities, and it remains a beautiful spot for relaxing

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  • Pakse

    Riverside Pakse, the administrative capital of southern Laos, looks out over the Mekong to neighbouring Thailand. With the main airport in the region Pakse acts as the gateway for visitors exploring the highlights of southern Laos, including the 4,000 Islands and Champasak.

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  • 4000 Islands

    In southern Laos the mighty Mekong fragments into a myriad tributaries, forming the 4,000 Islands that give the region its name. In this region you can explore the Angkorian ruins at Wat Phou, track the elusive Irrawaddy River dolphin or visit the coffee plantations of the Bolaven Plateau.

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  • Kong Lor Cave

    Delve deep into the jungle to Kong Lor, an immense cave network navigable by underground river. The remote jungle setting makes this an especially dramatic destination, well worth the journey through this little-visited corner of Laos.

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  • Muang Ngoi

    Not many visitors get to beautiful Muang Ngoi, but those who journey upriver will be well rewarded with an insight into traditional Laos cultures set in the most magnificent setting.

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  • Champasak

    Champasak, gateway to the 4,000 Islands and home to celebrated UNESCO temple Wat Phou. Explore the islands, head out in search of remote waterfalls or take a fantastic river cruise on the magnificent Mekong River, the most relaxing way to explore Asia's most laid-back country.

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  • Savannakhet

    Riverside Savannakhet boasts fading colonial architecture and an unexpected dinosaur museum. Although usually visited as a stopping point on overland journeys through Laos the town has a pleasant, if sleepy, atmosphere and merits some time for exploration.

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  • Pakbeng

    Pakbeng is a small village in the northwest corner of Laos that owes its place on the tourist map entirely to its convenient position on the Mekong River. Boats often stop here en route between Luang Prabang and the Thai border, and the village is thus well equipped to cater to passing travellers.

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  • Nam Nern

    Located in the Nam Et - Phou Louey NPA, the Nam Nern project helps preserve endangered wildlife, through engaging local communities in the provision of unique sustainable tourism activities.

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  • Sam Neua

    The small town of Sam Neua is gateway to the Viengxay Caves, a remarkable historic site where the Laos government sheltered during the Vietnam War from the intense bombing campaigns of the US military.

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  • Xieng Khouang

    Remote Xieng Kouang, also known as Phonsavan, is a small town home to the mysterious Plain of Jars - an archeaological phenomena dating back 2,000 years.

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