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Laos Tours & Trips
Explore the Land of a Million Elephants
Private Laos tours are utterly rejuvenating! This landlocked Land of a Million Elephants is home to a uniquely sophisticated combination of local and French colonial charm that invites romance and relaxation in equal measure.
Laos tours whisk you away on a magical journey to a pristine environment, beautiful mountains and river valleys, where visitors can unwind into nature’s serene rhythms. Meanwhile, the cities offer golden wats, charming cafés and chic boutiques accented by the saffron blur of young monks collecting alms.
Laos has varied climatic conditions in different regions of the country. However, the climate is hot and tropical in most parts of the country. During the hottest season between March and May, temperatures can reach over 30°C, so at this time Laos travel is only recommend to a limited area. In the dry season of December and January, it can be quite cool with temperatures below 15°C. The tropical monsoon or the rainy season is between May and November.
In Laos there are three different seasons and all have their advantages and disadvantages. The best time to travel for Laos is the cooler season between November and February.
Best travel time for Laos:
High season: October – November, February – March
Low season: April – May
Not recommended: June – September, December – January
As an individual travel provider, we will be glad to advise you on your Laos trip. Contact us for an obligation-free and complimentary quote.
Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights of Laos
1. The Wat Phu Temple in the province of Champasakis one of the most famous temple complexes in Laos and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the ruins were part of the Khmer empire.
2. The Bolaven Plateau should not be missed during your cultural tour of Laos. You will find dense jungles, hidden waterfalls and authentic villages inhabited by different ethnic groups. Old customs and traditions have been preserved in the villages to this day.
3. Take a boat trip through the mysterious Kong Lor Cave for an unforgettable experience. This impressive rock grotto, which is located near the picturesque village of Hin Boun, measures 7.5 km.
5. From Luang Prabang, you can reach numerous highlights: take a morning trip to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, or explore the mystic Pak Ou Caves – the huge caves of a thousand Buddhas, which house almost 4.000 Buddha figures.
6. Take a Luang Say Cruise from Luang Prabang, to witness charming villages, colorful little markets and the Pak Ou Caves. On your way, witness the magical landscapes of the Mekong Delta.
7. Take a Mekong Delta cruise from Pakse. After a visit to the Wat Phu ruins and Oum Mong – a hidden forest temple – you will pass through the enchanting “4000 Islands” to the thundering Pha Pheng Waterfalls.
8. The picturesque town of Nong Khiaw is surrounded by mighty limestone cliffs. From here, you can take walks to authentic, small villages, or take a boat trip to the mystical Nam Ou River.
9. In addition to Asian elephants, Xe Pian National Park houses tigers, Collar and Malay bears and rare animal species such as the Malayan Shire, the Indian otter and numerous bird species.
10. If you want to relax, we recommend a visit to the hot springs of Muang La. Next to the steamy springs is a visit that allegedly houses a preserved footprint of Buddha.
Let yourself be enchanted by a tour of Laos! We plan the ideal trip to you so that you will not miss any of the highlights. Enchanting Travels – your travel agencies for individual Laos travels.
The people of Laos can trace back their roots for almost 50,000 years. In 2009, a human skull believed to date back at least 46,000 years, was discovered in the northern Laos!
Around 8th century AD, the Lao people moved southwards from China and in the 13th century, seized control of Muang Sua – modern-day Luang Prabang. Between the 14th and the 18th centuries, Laos acquired the title of Land of a Million Elephants. The name was given in deference to the powerful animals that defended the kingdom and, as you will find during your Laos tours, persists even today! Despite many invasions over the next 350 years, the kingdom prospered, but this was not to last.
In the 19th century, Laos was divided into three parts and large scale deportations into Siam, slave raids and rebellions, greatly weakened the country. The French ruled Laos between 1893 and the 1950s, and after independence, Civil War ensued.
Eventually, in the 1990s, the country began to introduce social and economic reforms, and diplomatic relations improved. Today Laos tourism brings much revenue into this developing nation.
Top Laos Travel Tips – History:
Visit the famous Plain of Jars during one of our private Laos tours to see hundreds of megalithic stone jars from the early Iron Age that contain human remains and burial goods.
Private Laos tours take you deep inside one of Southeast Asia’s hidden gems, into a peaceful, landlocked nation. The stunning natural beauty of forested mountains and valleys teeming with wildlife combined with a fascinating Buddhist culture make Laos perfect for those seeking an adventurous and authentic cultural experience.
Laos is bordered by five countries – China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. The Mekong River, which forms a large part of the border with Thailand, has always been at the heart of Laos civilization and culture. Most of Laos today remains relatively isolated and undeveloped. Its capital, Vientiane, is more like a big village than a crowded Asian hub, and life throughout the country is slow-paced.
The UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang is a leading attraction for our Laos tours. Luang Prabang is popular because of the glittering ancient temples, saffron-robed monks, authentic textile villages and sleepy riverside atmosphere of the region.
The official language here is ‘Lao’ or ‘Laotian’, but several tribal languages are spoken, as is French, Vietnamese and some English. Thai is also well understood in Laos.
Top Laos Travel Tips – Culture:
One thing you won’t have to worry about during one of our Laos tours is being swindled. Thanks to Buddhist influence on Lao society and culture, the people here are known as some of the most honest in the world!
Lao cuisine is a blend of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese in flavor and presentation. It resembles Thai food with lots of aromatic herbs and spices used to flavor the dishes. Sticky rice is the main ingredient in Lao cuisine, usually served with fermented fish and a fish sauce, and Lao people often refer to themselves as ‘the children of sticky rice’!
Lao people love fresh vegetables and herbs, and steamed or grilled low-fat dishes are quite popular. Try some soup served with noodles, bamboo shoots, and fresh vegetables, during one of our Laos tours, which are readily available all over the country. Chicken and pork dishes are also consumed, but beef is rare as it is expensive.
Here are some of our top picks from the cuisine of Laos:
Khao niao: sticky rice, which is best eaten sans cutlery
Pho: noodle soup with meat and vegetables, similar to the Vietnamese favorite Laap – minced meat or vegetables tossed in lime juice, garlic, onions
Tam mak hoong: Laos-style papaya salad
Khai phan: seaweed from the Mekong River and a specialty in Luang Prabang
Top Laos Travel Tips – Cuisine:
The cheapest and easiest way to sample Lao food is from the stalls in the markets.
You can find good French restaurants in Vientiane and on Luang Prabang tours.
The Enchanting Travels team look forward to helping you plan your private Laos tours.