Vientiane

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Compared to the hectic, bustling capitals in other Southeast Asia countries, Vientiane's deliciously relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like the small town it is. After you've done the round of temples and Buddhist monuments - including Pha That Luang, one of the most famous in Laos - the best thing to do here is kick back with a cold Beerlao - the Lao national beer - and watch the sun set over the Mekong River.


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:

Highlights of Laos

Nights: 7 | from £2,155pp

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 £6,427pp

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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Indochina In-depth

Nights: 23 | from £5,965pp

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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Classic Laos

Nights: 8 | from £2,729pp

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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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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Settha Palace

The Settha Palace hotel has been meticulously restored to reflect the charm of the area's French colonial history. Boasting an enviable position located... Find out more

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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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