Luang Prabang is Laos’s former royal capital and is one of the most picturesque and laid-back towns in Southeast Asia, with its combination of elegant architecture, scenic beauty and Buddhist spirituality. Its home to a variety of different temples to explore each featuring detailed decoration and ornate styling. You won’t fail to meet the orange-robed monks walking around the streets and you can even join in the early-morning alms ritual.
Encircled by mountains, and set 700m above sea level at the confluence of the Nam Khan (Khan River) and the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is now Laos’ foremost tourist showpiece. This former royal capital – a designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO - is situated in a beautiful part of Laos and is characterised by forests, hills and the Mekong River. Exploring this area is possible by boat along the Mekong River enabling you to discover the Pak Ou Caves, visit local villages, and even enjoy a swim at the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Laos has remained the most pristine and culturally-intact country in Indochina. Experience the old-fashioned charm of its cities, explore untouched landscapes and meet the incredibly friendly people, who have faced adversity and come out smiling.
Venture deep into the heart of Indochina, traversing the Southeast Asian peninsula through the vastly contrasting landscapes and fascinating heritage of three magnificent countries – vivacious Vietnam, enchanting Laos and captivating Cambodia.
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 Population: 463,485 Official Language: Lao Main Religion: Buddhism Airlines: Singapore Airlines