Laos

Journeys Within offers customized independent tours in Laos including highlights such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, the mysterious Plain of Jars, the Pak Ou Caves and Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, and the capital city of Vientiane. With expert advice and English-speaking guides to help you get the most out of your visit.

Picture the Saffron-robed monks peacefully gathering morning alms as the first rays of sun spill out onto the Mekong, the reds and blues of a hand-woven silk scarf flapping gently in the breeze, the vivid green jungle stretching as far as the eye can see, the golden hues of sunrise and sunset, and the glistening Wats sprinkled everywhere in between. Come experience the colors of Laos!


Highlights

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.

Tour Options

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Adventure Asia tour

Adventure Asia Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailandLaos

32 Days | $7,240

This is a get-out-and-do-it-yourself tour. Peddle, paddle and plod your way through these amazing countries. This is a great tour for people on their first trip to Southeast Asia that don't want to just see the highlights, but also want to get out and get active. From cooking classes to bike rides to elephant adventures, kayaking and trekking this is an amazing way to see Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

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Ambassador Experiences: Laos in Depth

Country: Laos

11 Days | $3,550

Inspired by our Journeys Within Ambassadors - seasoned travelers who have visited Southeast Asia with us before - this itinerary will give you deeper insight into what makes Laos such a special country.

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Bed and breakfast tour in Southeast Asia

Bed & Breakfast Journey

Countries: CambodiaThailandLaos

13 Days | $2,650

Visit Chiang Mai, Thailand; Luang Prabang, Laos; and Siem Reap, Cambodia, all from the comfort of a bed & breakfast. Each bed & breakfast is richly decorated in traditional style and run by an excellent local staff and experienced English-speaking management. Explore the cultural capitals of these three countries in this amazing 13-day Bed & Breakfast Journey.

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Family vacations in Laos

Classic Family Laos Tour

Country: Laos

9 Days | $9,860

You will kayak, explore caves, swim in waterfalls and ride on elephants through the stunning Laos scenery. Get to know the friendly local people and visit the elementary school sponsored by Journeys Within Our Community. This is a family trip that no one will forget.

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touring in Laos

Classic Laos Tour

Country: Laos

7 Days | $2,265

Head off the beaten path to this fascinating and beautiful landlocked country. Start in Vientiane, the peaceful capital on the banks of the mighty Mekong. Visit Wats and Pagodas and see the traditional arts of Laos. Then travel back in time to the charming town of Luang Prabang. Surrounded by precipitous mountains at the junction of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, this UNESCO World Heritage site offers a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of Asia.

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Luang Prabang Laos tour

Classic Luang Prabang Tour

Country: Laos

5 Days | $1,220

This beautiful city nestled between the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers is a calm and fascinating place with Wats to explore, excursions up and down the Mekong, and serves great base for treks to the traditional, rural hill tribes of Laos. With its distinctive French air and quaint small village atmosphere, Luang Prabang is also a nice place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Asia and relax with beautiful views and delicious food in character-filled cafes and bakeries.

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culinary tour of southeast asia

Culinary Immersion Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailandLaos

15 Days | $4,005

Asia is possibly best known for it's food. From the spice of Thai food to the exotic textures of Laos cuisine and the sour mixes found in Cambodia, this tour will take you through these amazing countries exciting your tastebuds along the way. In each city we have tried to include a cooking class focusing on local cuisine, a meal with a local family to get the flavour of authentic cooking and of course one night out at the must-visit restaurant.

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Plain of Jars in Laos

Discover Laos Tour

Country: Laos

14 Days | $3,515

In this two-week trip you will go beyond the main tourist attractions and see the hidden highlights of this amazing country. Enjoy a kayaking adventure through caves in stunning Vang Vieng, meet the people living and working on the Mekong River, enjoy the night market in Luang Prabang and visit the mysterious Plain of Jars. Laos is so often overlooked or added on at the end of a tour, but with more time this beautiful and peaceful country really comes to life and can truly be an amazing trip all on its own.

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Monk in window of Angkor Wat

Discovering Cambodia And Laos

Countries: CambodiaLaos

12 Days | $10,550

Spend 12 days playing the part of a 19th century explorer with this luxury tour designed to let you discover the natural and man-made wonders of Cambodia and Laos. No expedition to Southeast Asia would be complete without a trip to the world’s largest religious monument — 12th century temple Angkor Wat and the neighboring ruins. In Laos, you will recreate the colonial expedition of Dr. P. Neis, a French explorer who led expeditions into the region for his government. An elephant will carry you through the jungle and down the Huay Sae River, passing waterfalls, turquoise pools and limestone cliffs. Then trek through beautiful rice paddies and end your day floating down the river on a luxury bamboo raft before arriving at your stylish tent camp for the evening.

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Southeast Asia family journey

Epic Family Journey Tour

Countries: CambodiaThailandVietnamLaos

28 Days | $24,300

Many people talk about taking the adventure of a lifetime with their family, and this is the tour for those who want to make it happen! This tour was designed for families with children old enough to go out, have fun and explore. Bike, quad and trek your way through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia together, experiencing the Southeast Asia cultures first hand by getting out of the normal tourist spots and into the homes of locals, and out into nature.

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Active Philanthropy tour

Give As You Go: Laos & Cambodia Tour

Countries: CambodiaLaos

15 Days | $4,480

At Journeys Within, we’ve specialized in custom Southeast Asia tours for philanthropically minded travelers from the very beginning – what we call “active philanthropy.” So for us, the 15-day “Give As You Go: Laos & Cambodia” tour is our holy grail – each hotel, restaurant and experience included in this itinerary was chosen with the idea of giving back and supporting local community development efforts. At Journeys Within, we believe that this type of travel not only helps those countries …

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Laos

Highlights of Laos tour

Country: Laos

9 Days | $2,935

If you are looking to truly get away, let Journeys Within take you to another world with our Highlights of Laos tour. This nine-day tour combines the luxury of upgraded hotel options with adventure.

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Pool in Luang Prabang

Laos For The Ladies: Luang Prabang Tour

Country: Laos

7 Days | $2,565

Traveling with your girlfriends can be a great escape and there is nowhere better for a girlfriend escape than Luang Prabang, Laos. A mecca for shopping, spas, culture and adventure, Luang Prabang offers something for everyone and is a great place for the girls to “fit it all in” and still leave feeling rested. Enjoy a massage at the lovely Phou Vao Spa, stroll the famous Night Market, and learn how to weave side-by-side with the locals. So get your girlfriends, mothers, and sisters together and have an adventure!

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Plain of Jars

Laos Heritage & Conservation Tour

Country: Laos

13 Days | $3,810

Our Laos Heritage and Conservation Tour was designed to show you a side of Laos rarely seen by other travelers, and from this itinerary, you'll be able to better understand and appreciate the complex history and culture of Laos, which is closely entwined with the natural world. Starting in Luang Prabang, you'll spend some time learning about traditional arts, including the incredible local textiles, before learning about conservation projects designed to help protect sun bears and the many native butterfly species. Let the locals show you daily life from their perspective by giving alms to the monks and learning how to tend to the rice fields. Head out of town into the local villages where the fisherman still live off the river, and pay a visit to the Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Center which is currently the home to 75% of the Laos's wild and domesticated elephants. Visit Phonesavanh and the mysterious Plain of Jars and learn about Laos's role in the Vietnam-American War and the Secret War. In Houaphan, you'll safari down the river to spot the local wildlife in one of the last remaining natural tiger habitats in Laos. Finish your time in Laos in the capital of Vientiane and take in the city highlights. We guarantee this will be a trip unlike any other.

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Buddha statue in Laos

Legacies of Laos Tour

Country: Laos

12 Days | $3,150

For those travelers who don’t mind roughing it, traveling great distances on mountainous roads and getting very local, this is the tour for you. This trip is a grand adventure for those seeking one and truly allows you to comprehend how today’s Laos was formed. Beyond the cultural and historical experience, you will get to see some breathtaking countryside, highly impressive (and sought after) textiles and meet some of the best people in Laos. This 12 day tour is the adventure of a lifetime for those of you who truly want to go “off the beaten path.”

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Macmillan Cancer Support Custom Classic Laos and Cambodia Tour

Countries: CambodiaLaos

12 Days | $7,965

We arranged this trip as a donation for the Macmillan Cancer Support auction, and felt that it so good that we had to share it with all of our guests.  Journeys Within will donate the profit of this tour to Macmillan Cancer Support. Begin in beautiful and historic Luang Prabang where you will plunge into the heart and soul of Laos.  Tour the temples, learn the secrets of the local craftsmen, spend a day with the villagers on the mighty Mekong …

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Monks collecting alms in Luang Prabang, Laos

One-day itinerary: Sunrise to Sunset in Luang Prabang

Country: Laos

1 Day

Waking at sunrise, you'll participate in the age-old custom of alms giving to local monks before embarking on a tour of the cultural heart of Luang Prabang. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant of your choice and end the day with a hike up Mt. Phou Si to watch the sunset overlooking the city. A wonderful introduction to this magical city.

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Cooking class in Laos

One-day itinerary: Tamarind Lao-Style Cooking Class

Country: Laos

1 Day

Luang Prabang, Laos: Enjoy learning the secrets of Lao cuisine in an early evening cooking class at the Tamarind Cooking School. You will have a hands-on opportunity to cook your own Lao feast, and will learn how to make the local staple-Lao sticky rice. You will be instructed by the owners of Tamarind Restaurant in the lush and beautiful surroundings of their cooking center just outside of town. After you learn about local ingredients and preparation methods, you’ll cook your …

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Life along the Mekong River in Laos

One-day itinerary: Temples and Villages on the Laos Mekong

Country: Laos

1 Day

Explore the villages and livelihoods of the locals living off of the Mekong River in Laos. Explore important religious sites, enjoy a picnic lunch, learn what it's like to earn a living fishing the Mekong, and participate in a traditional Baci ceremony to round out your day.

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bicycling through Laos

Under Your Own Steam Tour

Country: Laos

9 Days | $2,235

Get out of the car and start touring. Laos is a wonderful country to explore under your own steam so in this 8 day tour we encourage you to paddle, trek and boat your way to new and exciting experiences. The kayaking on the Nam Song will be through stunning scenery and landscape, the trekking in Luang Prabang will introduce you to people and cultures so different from your own, and boating on the Mekong will allow you to relax and soak up the calm and peaceful atmosphere in Laos. Discover Laos for yourself.

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Monks in Laos

Undiscovered Southeast Asia Tour

Countries: CambodiaLaos

13 Days | $3,520

Both quiet and small, Laos and Cambodia have often felt the brunt of aggression from their neighbors and negative press from the West, but these two wonderful countries are brimming with beauty, culture and history. This trip will give you a better understanding of these small countries and will leave you with an appreciation of their perseverance and culture.

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