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Discover our Laos Tours and Travel Guide

Visit Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cruise on the Mekong River, see the Golden City Temple and more.

Laos is a land where elephants are deemed a sacred symbol of prosperity, ancient temples tell the story of its fascinating past, and the Mekong River is the lifeblood of the community. This South-East Asian country is a fascinating destination where the warm-hearted locals traditionally show respect for one another by greeting with a ‘nop’, rather than shaking hands. This is where the hands are pressed together, as if in prayer, and pulled into the chest.

Incredible diversity is evident, with over 80 different languages spoken and a population consisting of multiple ethnic minorities. Depending on where you are in Laos, the traditional dress and cuisine of that area will differ, which makes for an exciting time exploring as it is possible to try many delicious foods and flavours.

What is Laos known for?

Must-see landmarks

The ancient beauty of Luang Prabang has been inhabited for thousands of years and until 1975, this was the royal capital. Today, this small town’s rich architecture and cultural heritage, which earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1995, continues to be one of the most popular areas with tourists. Former glorious palaces, numerous temples or ‘Wats’, and beautiful waterfalls that meet the Mekong River can all be found here.

Despite its popularity with visitors, the environment has retained its authenticity and unique ambiance.  At the far northern tip of this incredible town, Wat Xieng Thong (Temple of the Golden City) can be found. Low sweeping roofs, extravagantly gilded decoration, and the remarkable ‘Tree of Life’ glass mosaic are just some of this temple’s exquisite features. On the outskirts of Luang Prabang lies the Phousi market - a lively place where the locals shop daily. If you have a longing for exotic fruits, this is the place to try them.

Animal lovers need to ensure they stop at the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre, where it is sometimes possible to assist with a scatter feed by hiding food for the bears. This wonderful sanctuary has rescued over 20 Moon Bears (also known as Asian black bears) from poachers and given them enriching enclosures where they are safely protected and have all sorts of play equipment to enjoy. Wooden paths give visitors the perfect viewing spots from a safe distance.

Another natural wonder is that of Kuang Si Falls, the largest waterfall in Luang Prabang, with three tiers culminating in a 50-metre drop. Hiking trails tailored to varying abilities allow you to get up close to marvel at this spectacular sight.

Traditional cuisine

Traditional beverages

Landscape and wildlife

Laos Travel Tips

On Luxury Gold tours, your Travelling Concierge is fluent in the local language and culture. Before you go, here is more information about Laos.


Loa kip (LAK)

Time Difference

London GMT +7 hrs

When to go: The dry season in Laos runs from October to April, and the wet season from May until September, with heavy rainfall particularly between July & September.

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