Be blown away by the staggeringly beautiful karst hill landscapes of Vang Vieng.1/25
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.3/25
Gaze at the intricately gilded bas-relief facade of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, or Wat Mai, the largest temple in Luang Prabang.4/25
Located just outside Luang Prabang, La Residence Phou Vao has an infinity pool to die for with awesome views over the surrounding landscape.6/25
Go to town at one of Luang Prabang's many night markets, famous for local textiles and intricate jewellery.7/25
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.8/25
A large part of Laos' charm is her rural hinterlands which boast some utterly ravishing nature and friendly local villages.9/25
Discover Laos's many indigenous hill tribes from your base at Muang La Resort, located in the north of the country.10/25
Relax with a traditional massage at Muang La Resort, an idylic rural boutique hotel.11/25
Explore Luang Prabang's many UNESCO World Heritage temples, especially those within the Royal Palace complex.12/25
Luang Prabang is located between two rivers, the Mekong and Nam Khan meaning that tranquil river views are never far away.13/25
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.14/25
Feast on an array of chillies and local vegetables at one of Luang Prabang's many colourful street markets.15/25
Marvel at Luang Prabang's Golden Temple, Wat Xieng Thongm, one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Laos.16/25
Climb to the top of Mount Phu Si in Luang Prabang for impressive birdseye views of the city.17/25
Explore the picture-perfect Kuang Si Falls, just a few miles from Luang Prabang.18/25
Go for a refreshing dip in the many pools that gather below the Kuang Si Falls.19/25
Cruise along the Mekong River in a long tail boat, the traditional sailing vessel of the region.20/25
There is nowhere nicer in Luang Prabang to while away an afternoon than by the poolside at Amantaka, the city's most exclsuive hotel.21/25
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.22/25
Admire one of Luang Prabang's spectacular sunsets from your base at Amantaka.23/25
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.
Gaze out over the calming and picturesque Nam Song river in Vang Vieng.
Laos: When to go
Laos has two seasons: the rainy season, which runs from May to October, and the dry season, which runs from November to April. Most rain falls in the south. For the most part, Laos is hot, although there is a good deal of fluctuation between summer and winter temperatures at higher elevations. In Vientiane it ranges from the mid-30s Celsius in April to the upper- 20s Celsius in January. In the mountains, however, temperatures can plummet to near freezing in December and January.
There are no direct flights into Laos from the UK; flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang go via Bangkok. You can also enter by boat along the Mekong from Thailand.
British passport holders require visas for Laos. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have at least 2 blank pages. Visas can only be obtained on arrival in Laos, you will need to provide 1 passport photo, and $35 cash for a visa valid for 30 days.
For information on vaccinations and health requirements, we suggest you contact your GP or a travel clinic such as Fit For Travel at least 2 months prior to departure for advice and to arrange immunisations. Recommended vaccinations for travel to Thailand and Indochina are polio, tetanus, typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis A. We also recommend you take anti-malarial tablets, but please consult your doctor for his/her advice.
Luang Prabang: 15 hours 30 minutes not direct
Vientiane: Approx. 15 hours not direct
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