Laos, is a beautiful country with a great deal to offer. It typifies the traditional mystical images of South East Asia, with saffron-robed monks, rickety old bicycles, and golden temples, with a backdrop of tropical river islands, remote villages, stunning rice paddies, and held together by the mighty Mekong River. Despite all this, it is the overwhelming friendliness of the people which leaves a lasting impression.
Laos has so far survived the redevelopment, which has overpowered its neighbours in recent years. Traditional simple wooden village homes, colonial-era shop houses, and mouldering monasteries all remain and traditional customs are also firmly intact including monks collecting alms at daybreak and traditional looms weaving richly coloured silk can be heard in most villages.
Laos is the most bombed country per capita in the world, but it doesn’t faze the locals who transform bomb casings into flower pots and bomb craters into fish ponds. Other fascinating places to visit include Wat Phou, and the Plain of Jars continues to fascinate visitors with its stone urns and catastrophic war history.
Laos has remained the most pristine and culturally-intact country in Southeast Asia. Experience the old-fashioned charm of its cities, explore untouched landscapes, and meet the incredibly warm people who will bring a smile to your face with each interaction.
Embark on an epic adventure through the rich heritage of Laos to Cambodia where you can confront a tragic past in Phnom Penh and find your inner explorer amongst the magnificent temples of Angkor.
A multitude of delights await you in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia as you enjoy this comprehensive tour and its deluxe touches. Uncover affecting history, immerse yourself in rich culture, and savour the simplicity of life in the wonderfully contrasting landscapes of the region.
Time difference: Laos is 5 hours behind New Zealand (6 hours during daylight saving)
Flight Time: Approx 14 hours
Visa Required: Yes
Currency: Lao Kip (LAK)
Tel Code: +856
Official Language: Lao
Main Religion: Buddhism
Airlines: Singapore Airlines