Laos | Designer Travel



Laos is the only landlocked country in South East Asia. It is bordered by China and Burma in the North West, Cambodia in the South, Vietnam to the East and Thailand to the West. The national language is Lao, but French and English can be generally understood in the main tourist areas. This is a stunning area full of lush landscapes, rare wildlife and awe-inspiring temples.

There are many very interesting destinations to visit within this enchanting country including Luang Prabang and Laos’ capital city of Vientiane.

Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city and former royal capital. You can view the treasures at the Royal Palace Museum, see the famous Vat Mai five-tiered roof and visit Vat Xieng Thong – the town’s historic, beautiful temple.

Take a trip to the old French capital of Vientiane which has a wealth of holy Buddhist temples and some striking colonial-influenced architecture. There’s lots to see here including the Wat Si Saket temple, the fascinating night market and the Buddha Park which is filled with hundreds of Buddhist and Hindu statues. While in Vientiane, you must see the reclining golden Buddha next to the golden stupa, Pha That Luang – it’s absolutely beautiful.

Currently, there are no direct flights from the UK to Laos so the only way is to fly via another hub. Possibilities include Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines or Korean Air. Laos is perhaps best taken in as part of a tour so you would get to explore and stay in other areas such as Vietnam and Cambodia – please contact us for further details.

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Key Highlights
  • Laos is perfect for visitors looking for somewhere a little ‘off the beaten track’
  • Charter a boat and take a trip along the Mekong River
  • Feast on fragrant sticky rice, green papaya and spicy noodle soup
  • There are many elephant parks, sanctuaries and conservation centres here
  • Kunag Si Falls is a beautiful waterfall, perfect for an Instagram-worthy snap or two!
  • See the famous Buddhist temple at Wat Si Saket
  • Browse the offerings at the Talat Sao morning market or the Vientiane Night Market
  • There are cycling, hiking and climbing opportunities aplenty
  • Take a day trip to Nam Ngum Dam and a local village
  • This is a popular destination for couples and honeymooners

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +7 hours

Currency: Lao Kip

Climate Information

Laos enjoys a mild tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 10 – 40°C in The Mekong Delta.

The rainy season is from May to September and the best time to visit is from November to April.

Leisure & Activities

Luang Prabang
Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1995 by UNESCO, Luang Prabang was the ancient royal capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom until 1545. Today, it is one of the most visited destinations for travellers in search of the history of the country. It has also been described as “the most beautiful spot in Asia”.

Vang Vieng
This small town offers plenty for the visitor to see and do with many attractions. Many travellers have described it as a piece of heaven on Earth. Nearby, there’s Tham Poukham Cave featuring the “Blue Lagoon”…an ideal spot to wind down with a relaxing swim. For a typical experience of the everyday local Lao life, visit the local market.

Wat Sisaket
Situated near the Laos capital, Vientiane, Wat Sisaket is famous for its’ cloister wall which is covered with thousands of Buddha images dating back to the 16th and 19th centuries. The main building is a stunning piece of architecture with verandas and an ornate five tiered roof.

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