Laos

Overview

Resting in the shadows of what was once French Indochina, landlocked Laos charms you with her traditional innocence, colonial heritage and natural beauty.

Much of Laos is sparsely populated mountains, fertile plains and tributaries of the mighty Mekong. It is even more rural and relaxed than neighbouring Cambodia, and a world away from hot and heady Thailand. One of the most authentic travel destinations in Southeast Asia, Laos has long been one of our favourite destinations, with Luang Prabang one of the world’s most charming cities.

Once the ancient capital of northern Laos, Luang Prabang has a tranquil, spiritual vibe. Now a UNESCO protected site, it is awash with colourful markets, majestically gilded temples, and beautiful, colonial architecture. The town sits on the confluence of two rivers – the Mekong and the Nam Khan, and we recommend going for an early morning run along the dusty streets as the sun rises. But don’t forget to set aside one morning to get up early and give alms to the dozens of young monks who walk silently down the streets at dawn. While this has become extremely touristy, we can recommend certain spots along their route that are much quieter – a truly special experience. Cap your day off by sitting on the river bank, sipping an ice-cold cocktail, and watching the spectacular sunset over the Mekong. But don’t expect a wild and crazy evening, there is an 11.30pm curfew for all bars and restaurants in Luang Prabang – we find this little fact extra charming!

From here you can go on an incredible elephant trek escorted by mahouts: rustle through the heart of untouched jungles, skirt the Nam Khan River and encounter some astonishing wildlife. River travel also suits the calm pace of life – we can arrange a breathtaking boat trip to the Pak Ou caves or the dramatic gorges of the Ou River.

The capital city of Vientiane has managed to retain a little of its colonial charm, and it’s worth spending a day visiting temples, exploring little shops and cafes, and having dinner outdoors at the bustling night market along the river.

Laos is a favourite of the Lightfoot Travel team for its uncanny ability to leave you completely relaxed. We often get caught up in the rush of daily life, but after a few days in places like Luang Prabang or the northern provinces, we leave calm, refreshed, and ready to tackle the world! When booking your trip with us you are guaranteed expert, impartial advice and a fully bespoke itinerary.

Laos Regions

Luang Prabang

Venerated for the ritualistic giving of alms to monks, the sleepy city nestled in the hills retains much of its character as the ancient capital of Northern Laos with more than 30 temples in…

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Vientiane

Capital of Laos since 1560, Vientiane is still a step behind the highspeeds of its neighbouring capital cities.

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Laos Itineraries

Laos Properties

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3 Nagas

Luang Prabang, Laos

Located in the heart of Luang Prabang in northwest Laos, 3 Nagas is a charming boutique hotel which comprises of three UNESCO World Heritage buildings that are more than a century old. Th…

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Amantaka

Luang Prabang, Laos

Housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang, Amantaka is an elegant and peaceful luxury boutique retreat. Ideally situated just south of Phous…

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Azerai

Luang Prabang, Laos

Azerai is an elegant new hotel located in the heart of the tiny and ancient town of Luang Prabang, Laos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Crowned by verdant mountains and housing ove…

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Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

Luang Prabang, Laos

This luxury colonial hotel, located on a hill with breathtaking views overlooking the World  Heritage of Luang Prabang is the ideal retreat to base yourself to explore this exciting and i…

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Muang La Resort

Luang Prabang, Laos

A scenic 5h30 drive from Luang Prabang lies Muang La Resort, a retreat lost in a village in the North of Laos. Its locations offers a unique opportunity to explore the unchartered northern p…

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Satri House

Luang Prabang, Laos

The former residence of Prince Soupha-nouvong, located in the heart of Luang Prabang, is now home to the Satri House, a family owned property inspired by Lao culture with a touch of colonial…

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Sofitel Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, Laos

Combining a century-old French fort with award-winning contemporary interiors, Sofitel Luang Prabang is an unusual concept.  Located in the heart of Luang Prabang, Laos, this hip resort-st…

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The Luang Say Cruise

Luang Prabang, Laos

The Luang Say Cruise is a fascinating two day journey through remote mountainous stretches of the Mekong River between the Northern Thai border and World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, on boar…

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The Luang Say Lodge

Luang Prabang, Laos

Built into the banks of the Mekong River in Laos, the Luang Say Lodge is a charming resort that prides itself on its warm hospitality, excellent food and superb service. Situated on four hec…

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The Luang Say Residence

Luang Prabang, Laos

The Luang Say Residence is a wonderful colonial-style escape located on the banks of the Mekong River, in the UNESCO Heritage Town of Luang Prabang. This luxury boutique hotel in Laos is sur…

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