Laos, known as the "sleeping beauty" of South-East Asia, has long remained isolated from the influx of tourists in the region. The country's traditional way of life and laid-back atmosphere have preserved its authenticity, making it a hidden gem for those seeking an escape from the fast-paced world. With tourism still in its infancy, Laos offers a unique opportunity to explore its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty without the crowds often found in more popular destinations. In this article, we will delve into the allure of Laos and discover why it is worth exploring for those looking to experience Southeast Asia in all its authentic splendor.
The government is instigating a green approach to the country's development, with the intention of keeping Laos’ pristine ecological system as nature intended – set off on one of our tailor-made Laos tours and we’ll take you to the most beautiful bits.
The country’s welcoming charm invites you to immediately immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty. Unmissable highlights are the stunning temples of Luang Prabang, the Bolaven Plateau and – somewhat surprisingly for a land-locked country - the sleepy 4,000 islands of Si Phan Don, which are surrounded by the mighty Mekong River as it flows through southern Laos. The Plain of Jars in the north-east makes for a mysterious diversion into one of Laos’ least-visited regions.
There are also plenty of opportunities to get off that proverbial track, with some of South-East Asia's best trekking opportunities to be discovered in Laos north-eastern Phongsali region. Elsewhere, you can live in the tree tops, travelling over the canopy on a zip wire, or perhaps spend a night in a rainforest treehouse... the ultimate way to get closer to nature!
Our tailor-made Laos holiday specialists have travelled extensively throughout Laos and across Asia, researching the best hotels, sites and activities. Book a tailor-made holiday in laid-back Laos and discover the true meaning of getting away from it all.
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