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:

Classic Laos

Nights: 8 | from £2,475pp

Serene and spellbinding, warm and welcoming, Laos offers all the colour and culture you’d expect from Southeast Asia, but at a delightfully mellow pace.... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Laos

Nights: 7 | from £1,895pp

Laos is like Southeast Asia in slow motion – in the best possible way. It is an alluring, laidback mix of timeless tem-ples and traditions, good food,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Life along the Mekong

Nights: 15 | from £7,470pp

A comprehensive tour that follows the Mekong River, taking in key landmarks and world-famous temples, but which also offers an intriguing insight into... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat

Nights: 15 | from £5,525pp

Discover Angkor Wat with an expert local guide, cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter along the Mekong River to experience its varied cultures,... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Indochina In-depth

Nights: 23 | from £4,980pp

A spell-binding 23-night tour of Indochina which showcases the major highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam by water, land and air. 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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Sofitel Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Sofitel Luang Prabang resides in the world's only World Heritage town, Luang Prabang, a melting pot of vibrant culture and spiritual harmony. Surrounded...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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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Guest Testimonial

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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