Laos Holidays

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In Laos you'll discover a virginal landscape, wats alive with orange robed monks, peaceful riverside villages and friendly people. Tranquil, green and completely refreshing, Laos is one of Asia's best-kept secrets. Those in the know compare Laos to Thailand 30 years ago;much of its land is still untainted and it has a relaxed, friendly vibe. Nowhere is this unhurried atmosphere more apparent than in the former royal capital, Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city displaying ancient temples alive with monks as well as beautiful colonial architecture. Vientiane is perhaps Southeast Asia's calmest capital, despite bearing evidence of a tumultuous history. Here, spend the morning viewing temples and the afternoon sipping a cool Beerlao before watching the sunset over the Mekong. Laos' varied landscapes include the flat plains of the remote Bolovens Plateau, the Khone Phapheng Falls, the mysterious Plain of Jars and the dense forests of the north. The country is growing in popularity yet offers rugged natural landscapes and some of the most unspoilt areas to be found in modern Asia. One of the best ways to experience rural Laos is by heading south towards the border with Cambodia where you can enjoy a cruise on the Mekong River, gliding by ancient temples, lush countryside and traditional riverside villages. If you're lucky, you might even see the elusive and captivating Ayeyarwady river dolphins.

Laos with A&K
Forget what the authorities tell you, goes the joke. Laos PDR doesn't stand for the People's Democratic Republic. Instead, so laid-back is this lush landlocked nation, PDR actually means Please Don't Rush.

Laos will undoubtedly give you one the more relaxed and tranquil holidays of your life. But that doesn't mean the hard-working A&K staff take it easy. Far from it. As part of a long-established, highly experienced and brilliantly connected regional team, they're on call 24 hours a day, pulling out the stops to perfect your journey.

Just ask Richard and Sally. When their Mekong cruise was abandoned due to engine failure, preventing them reaching Kamu Lodge for a long-anticipated stay in Luang Prabang, A&K came to the rescue. Defying the tricky logistics of a remote region, we instantly chartered a private replacement boat.

Such service wouldn't surprise Alex and her party. After their guide promised an impromptu Baci ceremony - the celebratory ritual of tying strings around someone's wrist - they found themselves watching a lovingly rehearsed performance involving over half a village.

But this isn't just a welcoming country. As an Abercrombie & Kent luxury Laos holiday reveals, it's also beautiful. Startlingly beautiful. From the south's Bolaven Plateau with its elaborate thread of rivers, and the thundering Phapheng Falls, to the centre's haunting limestone karsts, to the north's mysterious Plain of Jars, fecund mountains, hill tribes and floating hotels, it's a photographer's dream.

We'll take you to the capital Vientiane, where the temples are good but the coffee and patisserie - a tasty legacy of French rule - and sunset Beerlao, are even better. And, perhaps most memorable of all, we'll show you Luang Prabang. The delicate morsel of a city, pinched between the chopsticks of the Mekong and Khan Rivers, has temples, night markets and the dawn ritual of saffron-robed monks shuffling through tranquil streets to collect alms.

Laos PDR. Please don't rush, but please do come.


Useful info

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Best time to be there

The cooler part of the dry season, November to February is when Laos is at its best, avoiding the torrential rains of the summer months, and the sweltering heat of April and May.

Fly to

Luang Prabang or Vientiane via Bangkok

flying time

13 hours via Bangkok

time difference

GMT + 7 hours

Visas

Issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Quintessential Laos

Nights: 8 | from £2,475

Spend 8 glorious nights getting to know Laos, a scenic, friendly and beguiling country with Mekong River views, golden temples, fantastic cuisine and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Laos

Nights: 7 | from £1,895

This 7 night itinerary allows you to experience the varied and fascinating history and culture of Laos and it's people with expert guides. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Life along the Mekong

Nights: 20 | from £7,470

Explore the awe-inspiring the Angkor Archaeological Park, Ho Chi Minh City and gentle temple-studded Luang Prabang in Laos during your Indochina adventure. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Indochina In-depth

Nights: 23 | from £4,980

A spellbinding 23 night tour into Indochina taking in the highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, including Angkor Wat and a cruise on the... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Amantaka

Set on a large garden estate, Amantaka is housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. Airy and elegant...Find out more

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Ansara Hotel

Vientiane

Ansara Hotel combines a colonial style building with Lao and Asian contemporary designs. A team of attentive staff wait to welcome you to this exclusive...Find out more

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Hôtel De La Paix

Luang Prabang

Hôtel De La Paix resides in the World's only World Heritage town, Luang Prabang, a melting pot of vibrant culture and spiritual harmony. Surrounded by...Find out more

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La Folie Lodge

Located just 35km from Pakse airport, La Folie Lodge sits on the banks of the Mekong River on the tranquil island of Dong Daeng. Facing the ruined Khmer...Find out more

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Vat Phou Cruise

Originally a ferry that carried teak wood between Vientiane and the south of Laos, the Vat Phou boat was lovingly converted in 1993 into a comfortable...Find out more

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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In Laos, the guide added trips to the morning market and an opportunity to attend a shaman ceremony she heard about when we were in the village. I've seen some events, but I'll never forget that. I gather it's pretty rare to see it - the guide had only seen it once before.

- AF, London


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