Discover the best of Laos with our range of escorted group tours and bespoke tailor-made holidays with handy travel guides to help plan your dream trip.
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. Visiting Laos is a truly special experience bound to stay with you forever and we hope to welcome you on an unforgettable holiday to Laos soon.
Top Laos Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours
|Trip Name||Starts||Departing||From USD||Deal||Map|
|Highlights of Laos - 7 days||Vientiane||02 Jul 2017||USD $1,356||was $1,695 20% off|||
|Inside Indochina - 21 days||Vientiane||02 Jul 2017||USD $3,982||was $4,685 15% off|||
|Laos to Vietnam - 16 Days||Vientiane||02 Jul 2017||USD $4,299|||
|Bangkok to Angkor Wat - 23 Days||Bangkok, Thailand||01 Sep 2017||USD $5,595|||
|Bangkok to Saigon - 18 days||Bangkok, Thailand||01 Sep 2017||USD $4,875|||
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
Our tours to Laos include arrival and departure transfers, all transportation, sightseeing visits, the services of experienced local tour guides and a number of your meals, making it easy for you to sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday.
Our carefully planned itineraries are an ideal way to explore the highlights Laos, either by itself or in combination with Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Staying at comfortable 3-4 star hotels and guided by our local tour guides, you get to see the sites with your tour group and there's free time for you to relax or independently explore on your own.
Laos Trekking Holidays
Our trekking holidays in Laos and Vietnam allow you to get off the beaten track, staying in remote hill tribe villages and hiking through beautiful landscapes, with plenty of local interaction. Accommodation is very simple and traditional, with only basic facilities, and you'll travel in a small group, escorted by a local guide. You'll be walking for 5-6 hours a day over 6 days, so a good level of fitness is required and a great sense of adventure is essential.
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.
As one of Southeast Asia’s best kept secrets, Laos remains a land of pristine landscapes, age-old traditions and friendly locals and is a wonderful place to catch a glimpse of life from a simpler time. Our team of travel consultants will aim to combine their expertise of the region with your travel requirements to create a bespoke holiday to Laos just for you.
Laos tour reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 14 recent reviews — See All Laos Reviews
All the guides were great! We enjoyed this holiday and thought the hotels, food, guides, and transport utilities were of a high standard. While numbers in our group varied, there were few complaints from anyone.”
Tuan was professional, knowledgeable, hard working, went above beyond and took care of us like we were family. He deserves recognition for helping make the trip so magical and flow so smoothly, thanks to his strong organizational skills and attention to detail.”
Tuan was a fantastic guide as he was super organised and helped as soon as any of the group had a problem. He gave us good commentary on our bus and at sites and judged the group well and made he trip fun as well as interesting.”
Recent Travel Articles on Laos
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ensure a smooth holiday with the right preparation, starting with our handy travel guides resources that cover all you need to know.
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Laos
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Laos
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Visa requirements for Laos and info on getting your visa
Combine Laos with other Southeast Asian countries
Trip reviews from our travellers to Laos
- 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
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.
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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.