Far from being mainstream, a Laos holiday offers a uniquely authentic experience replete with charming people, fascinating ancient culture, and a wonderfully laid back lifestyle. The seductive simplicity of its rhythms against the backdrop of a rich, magical landscape makes the land of a million elephants an utterly beguiling holiday destination.
LAOS WITH ETG
Laos is not part of the usual tourist circuit, making it a tricky country to navigate without support. That's where we can help. As Laos specialists, we enable you to discover all the gems it offers while ensuring you get around smoothly and safely.
Our unrivalled knowledge, kept fresh by our regional travel scouts, means we can ensure your holiday in Laos is as special as it should be. We design your holiday with you to suit you and your style, whether it be boutique, character or adventure - or, more likely, a combination of all the good things.
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Where to Visit on a Holiday to Laos?
Most holidays to Laos will feature visits to the town of Luang Prabang and the French colonial buildings of the capital Vientiane, but there is so much more to explore. From the mystical Plain of Jars to the remote northern Laotian hill tribes and the beautiful 4000 islands - Laos' answer to a beach - the country is brimming with exciting places to go. Our specialists can help you decide where to go for an authentic Laos experience.
The modern capital of Vientiane has a strong French influence in its wide boulevards, colonial architecture, and baguette stands that line the street. However, when you get into the countryside, you truly experience the magical atmosphere of Laos. Whether exploring the mountains of the north or the national parks of the south, the locals' cheeky smile and quick wit will never be far away.
We love to show travellers the real Laos, with experiences that take you into remote and rural towns.
Laos is home to some of the most dramatic and staggering scenery in Southeast Asia.
Stunning architecture meets a seductively laidback atmosphere in Luang Prabang.
WHEN TO GO TO LAOS
Laidback Laos generally has an appropriately laidback climate, with no coastline to bring troublesome storms. The dry season lasts from November to April but the absolute best time to travel is November when the rivers are full from the recent rains. For more in-depth info please visit our dedicated page on the weather in Laos.
Suggested itineraries for Laos
Laos provides an opportunity to step away from your everyday. It is very easy to feel off-the-beaten track here: whether in a luxury lodge or cycling through the hills, Laos adventure trips allow you to reconnect with your inner explorer. Though the country is landlocked, a stay on a sandy bank of the River Mekong provides a relaxing end to your trip, or it is a short hop to Thailand, Cambodia, or Vietnam for a traditional beach holiday. Perfect for either a couple, a group or a family, we tailor our Laos holiday packages to provide you with your ideal balance between luxury and adventure.
A once-in-a-lifetime adventure for families or adventurous couples: kayaking, waterfalls, laid back Laos and gorgeous scenery.
Contrasts of Laos and Cambodia
Journey through gorgeous Laos and fascinating Cambodia, taking in the main sites with an off-the-beaten-track twist.
Mountains & Hill Tribes
Travel by land and river on this incredible adventure exploring the beautiful scenery and fascinating villages of Northern Laos.
We've put together these sample In-Depth Laos holidays to give you a little inspiration. However, these are just suggestions. We tailor each and every itinerary to suit you. And if you’re looking for a holiday combining Laos with Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia? We will make sure you get the absolute best out of the region.
Sometimes it is easier just to talk, so do give our specialists a call no matter what stage you are at with your planning - our friendly team are always happy to talk travel.
Magical moments in Laos are behind every doorway. You'll be amazed by the warm welcome you receive here.
Instead of following the typical tourist trail, our experiences unlock a beauty that you won't find in a guide book.
Popular hotels in Laos
You don’t get too many large, impersonal resorts in Laos; instead, the country has an amazing selection of boutique hotels, cruises and characterful lodges. Those looking for a luxury holiday to Laos will be delighted by colonial mansions in Luang Prabang, while the range of charming properties across the country provide a great level of comfort and service, both in the cities and the more remote, rural areas. Our consultants will be on hand to find you those hidden gems and ensure that you find the Laos hotels that work for you.
Kingfisher Lodge, Pakse
Superb eco-lodge in Champasak Province in Southern Laos with great excursions and accommodation.
La Folie Lodge, Pakse
La Folie Lodge on the banks of Dong Daeng island. Remote island accommodation on the Mekong, that’s close to perfect.
Muang La Resort, Muang La
A beautiful riverside lodge in northern Laos. The food’s great food, the accommodation superb and the excursions out into the beautiful countryside truly unforgettable.
River Resort Champasak, Pakse
A small relaxed resort on the banks of the Mekong. The views are fantastic, the infinity pool spectacular, the experience unforgettable.
Rosewood, Luang Prabang
A luxuriously boutique, property perched on a lush hilltop. Rushing river, gushing waterfall wonderful, with incredible tent-style rooms.
Satri House, Luang Prabang
Early 19th Century colonial architecture and period artefacts. A delightful, tasteful, boutique hotel in the heart of magical Luang Prabang.
More Information on travel to Laos
Laos works in combination with the countries of Southeast Asia, with the classic combination of Laos and Cambodia providing a fascinating trips. However, we at ETG feel that it is often overlooked as a destination in its own right. Either way, as an award-winning Asia specialist, we are here to help unlock your perfect holiday in Laos.
If you would like more personal suggestions and ideas then our Travel Team is on hand so please get in touch. They will also be very happy to provide you with visa information and answer any questions on insurance and travel health. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is another good resource for the latest travel advice.
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