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Laos Tours and Holidays

Discover the best of Laos with On The Go Tours

After years of political isolation and war, Laos is earning cult status amongst travellers for its pristine landscapes, intriguing archaeological sites, ornate temples and unspoiled culture. Despite increasing traveller interest and a bounty of remarkable sites it is still one of Asia's most beautiful and best kept secrets. Traditional ways of life continue in the face of our rapidly changing world as hill-tribes retain their age-old customs and the scene of the devout Buddhist monks collecting alms is a daily event.

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Top Laos Travel Deals and Upcoming Trips

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Highlights of Laos - 8 days Vientiane 17 Sep 2016 USD $1,529 was $1,799 15% off Highlights of Laos - 8 days Map
Inside Indochina - 22 days Vientiane 15 Oct 2016 USD $4,589 was $5,399 15% off Inside Indochina - 22 days Map
Bangkok to Saigon - 20 days Bangkok 14 Sep 2016 USD $5,739 Bangkok to Saigon - 20 days Map
Bangkok to Angkor Wat - 25 days Bangkok 14 Sep 2016 USD $6,479 Bangkok to Angkor Wat - 25 days Map
Laos to Vietnam - 17 days Vientiane 17 Sep 2016 USD $4,299 Laos to Vietnam - 17 days Map
Small but mighty
Southeast Asia's unsung holiday hero

With a winning combination of attractive colonial cities, sparkling waterfalls and remarkable caves, mysterious archaeological sites, incredible hill tribe trekking opportunities off the beaten track, warm and friendly people and plentiful temples and Buddhist wats, it comes as a surprise that the small nation of Laos receives less visitors than its popular neighbours but don't miss out on this bite-sized destination that has the best of what Southeast Asia has to offer.

Laos Group Tours

When travelling through Laos with us you'll head out on expertly guided tours of Vientiene, including the oldest Buddhist monastery temple in the country, Wat Si Saket, and the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaeo. When in Vang Vieng we explore this beautiful area surrounded by mysterious caste mountains on bicycle and visit some of the waterfalls dotted through the area. On the way back to Luang Prabang, there's plenty of opportunity to walk around the caves, including the Pak Ou caves which are crammed full of Buddha images of all shapes and sizes. read more

Highlights of Laos

8 days | FROM USD $1,799

From Vientiane - the remarkably relaxed capital, to enchanting Luang -...

Buddhas in Vientiene | Laos | Southeast Asia Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Laos to Vietnam

17 days | FROM USD $4,299

Take an unforgettable journey through the beautiful landscapes and of...

Local cycling | Vietnam | Southeast AsiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Bangkok to Saigon

20 days | FROM USD $5,739

Kicking off in bustling Bangkok, discover the highlights of Thailand a...

Inside Indochina

22 days | FROM USD $4,989

Take an exciting journey through Indochina. Discover Laos with its and...

Row boat on Halong Bay | Vietnam | Southeast AsiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Bangkok to Angkor Wat

25 days | FROM USD $6,479

Join us on a journey through the incredible countries of Indochina and...

Laos Private Tours

Enjoy a slower pace of life in Laos on one of our private tours as you relax by the riverfront in laidback Vientiane, marvel at the incredible sculptures of the Buddha Park outside of the capital or observe saffron-clad monks as they collect their daily alms in Luang Prabang.

Reclining Buddha | Vientiene | LaosTailored To Suit You

Beautiful Laos

8 days | FROM USD $2,599

Explore the splendours of this intriguing country and discover the of...

Temple in Vientiene | Laos | Southeast AsiaTailored To Suit You

Treasures of Indochina

15 days | FROM USD $4,829

Uncover this vast, spectacular region of contrasts in comfort on a all...

Laos tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.44 out of 5 based on 9 recent reviews — See All Laos Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Laos. Our guide Lee was very knowledgeable and controlled his 6 senior travelers very well. Laos is a beautiful country and the people are very friendly. The only criticism I would have is the description of this being a 8 day tour, we thought it was really more of a 6 day tour but had a lovely time anyway. Thank you.”  

Jayne Whiting • Submitted 22 Feb 2016

Our trip was truly amazing! We felt that all the guides opened up about their experiences growing up in their respective countries. We felt like we were well looked after. Practically all the rooms were above our expectations especially the one in Pakbang Laos where we had an incredibly view of the Mekong River.

Mr. Paiboon was our guide in northern Thailand. We felt that in addition to being our best guide that he also became a friend. Kim in Vietnam was very very close! It was a tough call.

We would and have already recommended On the Go to other people. Thanks for a incredible experience! Rick and Deb”  

Rick Smith • Submitted 23 Apr 2015

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Some highlights of our tours to Laos

The timeless appeal of Laos can be felt throughout the country from the tranquil French colonial town of Luang Prabang to the unassuming capital, Vientiene, which holds the allure of a provincial town, while the Plain of Jars outside of Phonsavan is a remarkable archaeological site where thousands of puzzling stone jars dot the grassy plains. In the south, the sleepy rural villages of Pakse and the riverine island of Don Khong are perfect places from which to explore the 4000- Islands region of the Mekong.

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Recommended places to visit in Laos

From glorious temples to refreshing waterfalls, cave adventures to off-the-beaten track trekking and a number of charming cities to boot, Laos has plenty to entice travellers and to help get you started, we've pulled together a selection of our favourite places that deserve a visit:

Luang Prabang

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Temple | Luang Prabang | Laos

Nestled between the majestic Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, Luang Prabang is entirely deserving of its UNESCO world heritage site status. The town is fringed with dramatic mountains offering up some spectacular views and still maintains an authentic, rustic atmosphere, having been left relatively unblemished by tourism. Visitors should definitely visit the glorious temples, which sit on virtually every street corner and the more active traveller shouldn’t miss the opportunity to climb up Mount Phousi.

Pakse

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The beautiful town of Pakse sits at the mouths of the Mekong and Xedong rivers and enjoys some wonderful scenery, which includes the magnificent mountains draped in thick vegetation. Within the town are several glittering temples, which are well-deserving of some attention, as is the Champasak Provincial Museum. Pakse also makes an excellent base for exploring the ruins of Wat Phou and the Si Phan Don islands where the rare and beautiful Irrawaddy dolphins live.

Phonsavan

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The quaint town of Phonsavan is home to the mysterious yet breathtaking Plain of Jars, three large sites with ancient stone jars dotted through them. Although these fields are the main attraction, Phonsavan has a lot more to offer visitors, particularly some spectacular scenery and a welcoming but laid-back vibe, which is perfect for those seeking to unwind for a bit. For those with an adventurous palate, the morning market is a must as it serves up all kinds of unusual creatures for general consumption.

Vang Vieng

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Once one of Southeast Asia's most notorious party destinations, Vang Vieng has undergone a complete makeover and is now a thriving centre for eco-tourism. Travellers can float along the river in tubes taking in the beautiful scenery and enjoy a drink or two at the riverside bars. For those looking for adventure, there are several caves and swimming areas in the region to explore and guides lead a number of kayaking and hiking tours daily.

French influenced Vientiane

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Although Vientiane is the capital city of Laos and the main centre for all of its business and commerce, it remains incredibly relaxed and peaceful. The city is still infused with the remnants of French culture left over from its days as a colony meaning that tourists can indulge in delicious French-Asian fusion food. In the evenings the Vientiane Night Market buzzes along the bank of the Mekong River as vendors showcase their home-made goods along with several food stalls serving fresh fish.

Laos Travel Guide

Top Travel Tips

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Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Laos

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Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Laos

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Laos and info on getting your visa

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Traveller Reviews

Trip reviews from our travellers to Laos

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Multi-country Tours

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Recommended Reading

  • The Coroner’s Lunch
    by Colin Cotterill
  • Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos
    by Brett Dakin
  • Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos
    by Christopher Kremmer
Did you know...?

Facts about Laos

  • In Laos the New Year is a big deal and is celebrated for three days from April 13th-15th.
  • The oldest modern human fossil was found in Lao and is estimated to be 46,000 years old.
  • Laos is home to the Khone Papeng waterfall, the largest waterfall in the entirety of Southeast Asia.

Laos Travel Advice:

We keep abreast of the latest travel advice to Laos and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online travel resources for Laos:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Laos Tourist Organisation site and the latest Laos Weather Updates from the BBC.

Laos Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

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“People from all over come to see the waters in Laos and now I know why. I swam underneath it and it was so clear and beautiful. Laos is still a after...”

by Jessica Lopez

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