Laos is the only landlocked country in South East Asia. Its bordered by China and Burma in the North West, Cambodia in the South, Vietnam to the East and Thailand to the West. There are many very interesting destinations to visit within this beautiful country including the colonial architecture in Luang Prabang and the ancient temples in the capital Vientiane. Laos enjoys a mild tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 10 - 40 degrees Celsius in the Mekong Delta. The rainy season is from May to September and the best months to visit are from November to April. The national language is Lao, but French and English can be generally understood in the main tourist areas.
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.
Time Difference: GMT +7 hours
Currency: Lao Kip
Laos enjoys a mild tropical climate with temperatires ranging from 10 - 40 degrees Celsius in The Mekong Delta. The rainy season is from May to September and the best time to visit is from November to April.
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”.
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.
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.