Laos is poetically known as 'the land of a million elephants' and one of south-east Asia's most enchanting countries; eye-wateringly beautiful and boasts a rich embroidery of traditional culture and wondrous scenery. If you want to tread a path less travelled, this charming country is the perfect destination. Meet warm, friendly people, see fabulous sights and taste mouth-watering local cuisine. Laidback Laos is easy to explore but difficult to leave.

Recommended Hotels

  • Belmond La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang *****
  • Ansara Hotel, Vientiane ****
  • Maison Souvannaphoum, Luang Prabang ****1/2
  • Settha Palace. Vientiane *****
  • Villa Maly, Luang Prabang ****

Holiday Highlights

  • Luang Prabang sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Discover its diverse architecture, historic temples and charming old French mansions.
  • Sleepy capital city Vientiane is home to ornate temples and colonial-influenced architecture.
  • The Plain of Jars is a fascinating area of rolling fields, where hundreds of huge stone jars lay scattered across the landscape.
  • Visit the limestone caves of Pak Ou, many encased with images of Buddha.
  • Laos' remote northern provinces lie close to the borders of China, Thailand and Vietnam, and are home to minority groups still living traditional ways of life from centuries past.