LAOS Vang Vien Huts On The River

Be blown away by the staggeringly beautiful karst hill landscapes of Vang Vieng.

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Experience an early morning alms giving ceremony in Luang Prabang, an ancient Buddhist tradition. As the sun rises, stand alongside locals as they line the streets donating food to orange-robed monks.

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Gaze at the intricately gilded bas-relief facade of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, or Wat Mai, the largest temple in Luang Prabang.

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Laos La Residence

Located just outside Luang Prabang, La Residence Phou Vao has an infinity pool to die for with awesome views over the surrounding landscape.

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LAOS Villa Maly Nightmarket

Go to town at one of Luang Prabang's many night markets, famous for local textiles and intricate jewellery.

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LAOS Vientiane Temple

While in Vientiane, Laos's capital city, visit Si Saket Temple, a fine example of Siamese Buddhist architecture and the oldest temple in the city.

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LAOS Traditional Huts Countryside

A large part of Laos' charm is her rural hinterlands which boast some utterly ravishing nature and friendly local villages.

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LAOS Muang La Woman In Traditional Garb

Discover Laos's many indigenous hill tribes from your base at Muang La Resort, located in the north of the country.

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LAOS Muang La Massage

Relax with a traditional massage at Muang La Resort, an idylic rural boutique hotel.

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Laos Luang Prabang Temple Monks Palms

Explore Luang Prabang's many UNESCO World Heritage temples, especially those within the Royal Palace complex.

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LAOS Luang Prabang River

Luang Prabang is located between two rivers, the Mekong and Nam Khan meaning that tranquil river views are never far away.

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LAOS Luang Prabang Monks

Appreciate Buddhism in action in Luang Prabang. With over thirty living temples, groups of orange-robed Buddhist monks walking down the city's many scenic streets will be a daily sight.

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LAOS Luang Prabang Market Chilis

Feast on an array of chillies and local vegetables at one of Luang Prabang's many colourful street markets.

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LAOS Luang Prabang Golden Temple

Marvel at Luang Prabang's Golden Temple, Wat Xieng Thongm, one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Laos.

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LAOS Luang Prabang Bridseye View

Climb to the top of Mount Phu Si in Luang Prabang for impressive birdseye views of the city.

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LAOS Kuangsi Falls Luang Prabang

Explore the picture-perfect Kuang Si Falls, just a few miles from Luang Prabang.

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Go for a refreshing dip in the many pools that gather below the Kuang Si Falls.

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LAOS Boats On The Mekong River

Cruise along the Mekong River in a long tail boat, the traditional sailing vessel of the region.

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LAOS Amataka Swimming Pool

There is nowhere nicer in Luang Prabang to while away an afternoon than by the poolside at Amantaka, the city's most exclsuive hotel.

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LAOS Amantaka Khan Suite Pool

Stay in one of Amantaka's Khan Pool Suites in Luang Prabang. With their own private pools and outdoor lounge areas, you can be guaranteed a perfect stay.

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Admire one of Luang Prabang's spectacular sunsets from your base at Amantaka.

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Nestled in the heart of leafy Luang Prabang, the Three Nagas is a charming boutique hotel. Stay in one of the hotel's three UNESCO World Heritage Buildings, all of which are over a century old.

 

 

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LAOS Best Vang Vien River Sunset

Gaze out over the calming and picturesque Nam Song river in Vang Vieng. 

 

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Welcome to Laos

Land-locked and utterly alluring, Laos has a laid-back pace and some of the friendliest faces in Asia. In Luang Prabang, ribbons of orange-robed monks receive alms at dawn whilst the far south centers around the mighty Mekong Delta with its remote fishing communities and dense jungle, only disturbed by crashing elephants and trilling birds.

Only open to foreigners since 1990, the small nation of Laos is one of the most charming countries in South East Asia. Much of the country is made up of rugged highland areas with most of the population living in river valleys. The Mekong river is the country's life line and is a popular way of entering Laos from Thailand as well as exploring the Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don) area of islets, rocks and sandbars to the far south of the country. The most evocative Khmer ruin outside Cambodia, Wat Pho, is also along the southern banks of the Mekong. Vientiane is possibly the most modest and laid back of the South East Asian capitals and has a number of impressive Wats and a large market. The enchanting former royal capital of Luang Prabang is full of gilded temples, elegant monasteries, French colonial houses and saffron robed monks collecting alms. Tucked into a loop of the Mekong, surrounded by hills, Luang Prabang is the perfect place from which to explore off the beaten track ethnic villages, to haggle in local markets, take a boat trip on the Mekong or just sit in a cafe enjoying Laos coffee and watching the world stroll by.


Our suggested tours in Laos

Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Angkor & Beyond

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10 days from £6,595

The re-discovery of the ancient Kingdom of Angkor is accredited to the French archaeologist Henri Mohout, whose expedition in 1860...

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A Week in Laos

LAOS Luang Prabang Bridseye View

9 days from £2,995

Explore the charming highlights of northern and southern Laos at a restful pace on this perfect seven day introductory itinerary...

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The Historical Treasures & Natural Wonders of Laos

LAOS Luang Prabang Golden Temple

16 days from £4,275

Uncover the charm and cultural gems of this utterly alluring country on this perfect introductory tailor-made itinerary. Travel from south...

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Laid-back Luxury... From Laos to Cambodia's Angkor Temples & Song Saa Private Island Resort

Song Saa Song Saa Private Island Cambodia X 400

11 days from £5,420

In less than two weeks combine Laos and Cambodia to experience the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, the awe-inspiring...

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Meandering Down the Mekong... Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

Meandering Down The Mekong Itinerary

22 days from £7,500

This is our ‘super luxe’ Mekong itinerary. Sleeping both on the boat and in hotels, you will experience four countries...

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Travel East Asia in Luxurious Style with Aman Resorts

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18 days from £7,955

Experience the beauty of Southeast Asia on this 18 day tour while staying exclusively at Aman proprieties. Observe the brand’s...

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Luxury Indochina… Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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17 days from £5,650

This trip gives you the most luxurious taste of Indochina. Enjoy Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia’s best boutique hotels, including one...

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The Best of Laos... Mountains & Mekong Tour

Mountains And Mekong Itinerary

11 days from £3,800

This is a great trip if you are perhaps on your second trip to Laos and want to get under...

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The Ultimate Laos Adventure Tour

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17 days from £3,990

This is the ultimate way to experience Laos – ideal for people who have already begun their love affair with...

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The Cultural Gems of Indochina... Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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10 days from £3,950

This trip gives you the perfect taste of Indochina in under two weeks. Despite travelling through three countries – Vietnam,...

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Exploring Southern Laos

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9 days from £2,990

Follow a leisurely meandering route through old French colonial towns and little villages in the pristine Laos countryside, down to...

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Northern Laos in Style

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9 days from £3,250

Northern Laos is dotted with charming little villages and stunning backdrops of river and lime karst scenery. Explore by boat...

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Some of our favourite hotels in Laos

Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao ,
Luang Prabang

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  La Residence Phou Vao has one of Ampersand's Top 10 Swimming Pools Perched high on the Hill of Kites, this...

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Rosewood Luang Prabang ,
Luang Prabang

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When it comes to sophisticated secluded retreats, the long-awaited Rosewood Hotel in Luang Prabang is heaven. Located within an atmospheric...

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Amantaka ,
Luang Prabang

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A quiet hit with peace-seeking Aman lovers, Amanataka is set on a garden estate and housed in graceful 19th Century...

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Muang La Resort ,
Muang La

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  Muang La Resort is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Eco Retreats. The delightful and intimate resort has just 8 spacious...

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The River Resort ,
Pakse

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A series of eco-friendly riverside lodges on the banks of the Mekong River, this resort offers guests a 5 star...

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Some of our favourite places of interest in Laos

Si Phan Don

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A beautiful and often overlooked area, Si Phan Don, or the 4,000 Islands Area is where the mighty Mekong shatters...

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Luang Prabang

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This enchanting former royal capital lies within a particularly scenic spot: a verdant valley shaped by lush, green mountains on...

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Thakhek

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Thakhek is the capital of Khammouan province in central Laos, Khammouane is a region of rugged landscapes and has some...

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Xe Pian National Park

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Xi Pian National Park stretches east from the Mekong plain and south to the border with Cambodia, covering 240,000 hectares....

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Nong Khiaw

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Nong Khiaw is a delightful village, beautifully located surrounded by limestone peaks and mountains.

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Hin Boun

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Hin Boun is a protected national park, with a rich diversity of species from macaques to bats, birds and even...

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