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January - April & October - December

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Holiday Length

8 nights

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From £2,765pp

The price shown is a guide - based on two people sharing and generally includes economy flights. Your holiday will be tailor-made to suit you and there are many factors that can influence the price, such as standard of accommodation, class of flight and time of year. Ask your travel specialist for more information.
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Classic Laos

Southern Laos beckons with the promise of exploring the gilded temples of Luang Prabang and drifting down the mighty Mekong River. You’ll discover hidden temples, be charmed by tiny villages and experience the dreamlike Four Thousand Islands. Your Laos holiday starts in charming Luang Prabang, where you can join in the dawn ceremony of giving alms to saffron-robed monks. In the capital Vientiane the markets are stuffed with silk treasures and Buddhist keepsakes. Finally it’s time to relax on the banks of the Mekong before boarding a traditional teak ferry boat and exploring the wild and wonderful Four Thousand Islands.

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UK - Bangkok

Your Southeast Asian adventure begins as you fly from the UK to Thailand’s buzzing capital, Bangkok. You’ll be greeted by our guide (and a thrilling clash of sights, sounds, smells and tastes). We recommend a night flight to make the most of your time in this exciting city.

Bangkok - Luang Prabang

It's a short flight from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, arguably Laos' most atmospheric destination. You’ll have time to soak it all in at your own pace. There’s gilded temples, orange-robed monks, golden stupas and the richly decorated Wat Mai. Take it easy in this laid-back city: the coffee is great and an evening Baci ceremony soothes the senses with flowers, music and dance.

Luang Prabang

Rising early to join locals offering alms to the Buddhist monks before you sail along a scenic stretch of the Mekong. Here the limestone Pak Ou Caves contain thousands of figurines of Buddha that have been left behind by devotees over the centuries. The boat will drop anchor at a local whiskey and weaving village where you can learn more about Laotian culture.

Luang Prabang - Vientiane

Vientiane is a short flight from Luang Prabang. Laos' lively riverside capital looks across to Thailand on the opposite bank of the Mekong, but it also keeps its eyes on France, whose colonial influence can be strongly felt here. Your day can be spent exploring the impressive former royal palace of Wat Phra Keo and haggling for silks and jewellery in the bustling central market.

Vientiane - Pakse

After your flight to Pakse, the gateway to southern Laos, you can treat yourself to a day of relaxation at the luxurious River Resort. This contemporary hotel is lovingly designed with traditional Laotian textiles, and also superbly furnished with with river views. As dusk falls, a short river hop to Turtle Island is the perfect spot to sit back and watch the sun go down.

Vat Phou Cruise

A beautifully restored traditional teak ferry will be your home for two nights. On it you’ll set sail for Champasak, letting the mighty Mekong glide you downriver. A visit to the pre-Angkorian Khmer ruins of Vat Phou provides an atmospheric climax to your day of lazing about on the river. The dramatic terraced setting provides the perfect frame for these enigmatic, ancient remains.

Vat Phou Cruise

After a glittering sunrise your first stop is the tiny village of Huei Thamo. A short walk through the jungle will lead you to the mysterious, hidden Oum Muong temple ruins. As your boat continues south it will wind through the wild paradise of the Four Thousand Islands. It’s hard not to feel that you are stepping back in time when you dock at the small, untouched village of Ban Deua Tia for the night.

Don Khon - Ubon Ratchathani

To head deeper into the leafy, sleepy archipelago you’ll hop onto a smaller boat at Ban Veuthong. Drift between the out-crops and sandbars before you reach Khone Island. Here a romantic bridge will take you to a traditional Lao buffet lunch. You can wash your food down at Pha Pheng waterfall, the Niagara of the East. Tonight you cross the Thai border and sleep amid the temples of Ubon Ratchathani.

Ubon Ratchathani - UK

At Ubon Ratchathani Airport you’ll begin your journey home via Bangkok.

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