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Laos Tours

Laos is a land of fertile plains and rugged highlands, it is the most beguiling of the old French colonies of Indochina, with a cultural tradition that stretches back over thousands of years and is still a relatively undiscovered destination.

Highlights of Laos

Things to See & Do

  • Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang is the jewel of Laos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. The ancient royal city has dozens of temples and religious sites, both large and small. The best way to see these sites is on foot or by bicycle. The biggest concentration of temples is in the old quarter, much of which forms a peninsula between the Mekong and the Khan rivers. The Wat Xieng temple is the most stunning in the city, richly decorated with coloured glass and gold. The Royal Palace, now a museum, houses a collection of artefacts belonging to former rulers of the Kingdom of Lane Xang,whose capital was Luang Prabang. In between temple and palace visits, there are many small restaurants perched high on the banks of the Mekong where you can watch life go by at a very slow pace.

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  • Vientiane

    Vientiane

    Delightfully serene, the enchanting Laotian capital is a city of colonial grandeur and beautiful gilded temples besides the banks of the Mekong. There is little of the frantic pace of other Asian cities about this attractive city and its tree-lined boulevards hide a wealth of colonial and historic monuments, including the That Luang stupa, the most revered site in the country and a potent symbol of Lao nationalism, said to hold relics of the Buddha himself.

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  • 4000 Islands

    4000 Islands

    The captivating landscapes of southern Laos conjure up some of the most beguiling and enchanting of images. Here, amidst a tableau of fishing villages and lush jungles, the mighty Mekong becomes the serene and undiscovered backwaters of Si Phan Don, the land of 4,000 islands

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  • Champassak

    Champassak

    Champasak was once, 1400 years ago, the centre of power in the lower Mekong basin, later a revered outpost of the Khmer Angkor empire and later still one of the three kingdoms to rule over the remains of Lane Xang. The magnificent Angkorian temple complex was recently made a UNESCO heritage site and is considered one of the finest Angkor-inspired edifices outside of Cambodia.

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  • Kuang Si-waterfalls

    Kuang Si-waterfalls

    Kuang Si Falls is another “must-see” attraction in Luang Prabang. The falls are truly spectacular and the biggest waterfall in Luang Prabang.At the very bottom of the falls there are several blue pools of water and small cascades (3-5 metres high); some of the falls are multi-tiered. Most of the pools are open for swimming (one is closed as being a sacred site) though the water is a bit cold because this area is shaded by big trees. This makes the falls a popular cool-off place among locals and tourists alike during the hot season.

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  • Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

    Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

    Xieng Khuan was founded by Bunleua Sunlitat, a priest-shaman who developed a following in Laos and northeastern Thailand by mixing Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The park boasts many strange designs and structures, one of the most distinctive being the pumpkin-type structure, within which are three levels representing hell, earth and heaven. A spiral staircase allows people to climb to the top of the pumpkin, from where there are great views over the park itself.

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  • Pak Ou caves

    Pak Ou caves

    Near Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the Mekong River, 25 km to the north of Luang Prabang. The caves are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of very small and mostly damaged wooden Buddhist figures are laid out over the wall shelves. They take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana).

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  • Pakbeng

    Pakbeng

    Pakbeng is an extremely rural peaceful village that is noted for its beautiful sunsets over the Mekong River. The best way to arrive in Pakbeng is via a scenic boat ride along the Mekong River which affords a wonderful opportunity to see the real lifestyle of the local people.

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  • Pakse

    Pakse

    Founded by the French and the capital of Champassak, Pakse sits on the confluence of the Mekong and Sen Don rivers. Since 2002, when the Lao-Japanese Bridge was built, Pakse has fascilitated trade with Thailand. Talat Dao Heung (New Market), near the Lao-Japanese Bridge, is one of the biggest in the country and famous for its selection of fresh produce and coffee from the fertile Bolaven Plateau.

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  • Plain of Jars

    Plain of Jars

    Explore the mystery that is the Plain of Jars. There are over 500 jars carved out of solid stone and spread over 3 sites –The jars vary in size from 1 to 3 metres in height, with the largest 2.7 metres in diameter. The heaviest jar weighs 6 tons. The purpose of the Jars, thought to have been carved around 3,000 years ago, remains a mystery to archaeologists even today. There have been recent UNESCO sponsored projects to determine the history of the jars, but much remains to be explained.

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