Trek through the least populated country in Southeast Asia and meet people whose daily lives are nothing like your own.
Visit hill tribes not used to foreign guests. See countryside so beautiful it takes your breath away.
Discover the sleepy little French colonial town of Luang Prabang – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which offers visitors a chance to slow down and enjoy a sunset or two. Once revitalized, spend a day exploring the local Wats or head onto the Mekong in a long boat and see Pak Ou Caves or the Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls.
The Plain of Jars is one of the world’s great mysteries. How did they get there? Who put them there? And why?
The capital, Vientiane, is a timeless city with a slower pace than its neighbors that retains a peaceful and charming quality. Stroll along the river front and explore the various Wats before heading out for fabulous French dining or a cultural show.
Best Time to Visit
November to February is the cool, dry season in Laos, offering travelers the most freedom to explore without disruption from rain or heat.
The rainy season, from July to October, cuts off many roads in Laos and restricts travelers to the main cities of Luang Prabang and Vientiane.
March to June is hot, but if you plan on exploring the higher elevations it can be bearable. As soon as the rainy season ends, usually around March and April, the local farmers burn their rice fields to clear away any diseases and pests and the smoke can be irritating.