LUXURY LAOS TOURS
INSPIRING LUXURY TRAVEL & PRIVATE TOURS TO LAOS
LAOS LUXURY TOURS: EXPLORE THE LAND OF A MILLION ELEPHANTS
Laos luxury travel will provides the traveller a chance to truly experience Asia as it once was. Largely undeveloped, devotedly Buddhist and blessed geographically with natural beauty, this country will forever leave a lasting impression on all travellers. We offer you a holiday package to discover Laos’s landscapes that are dominated by mountains, lush forests, pristine waterfalls and the mighty Mekong River, Laos is one of the hidden treasures of Indochina.
Above all, Laos, is a beautiful country with a great luxury deal to offer. It typifies the traditional mystical images of South East Asia, with saffron-robed monks, rickety old bicycles, and golden temples, with a backdrop of tropical river islands, remote villages, stunning rice paddies, and held together by the mighty Mekong River. Despite all this, it is the overwhelming friendliness of the people which leaves a lasting impression.
Top Luxury Tours of Laos
Luxury Laos Travel: Fairytale landscapes, Cascading waterfalls, History, Cuisine & Sunset views
Our luxury holidays to Laos will reveal the best of the country from quaint and pristine to the golden temples and smiling locals, it’s easy to fall into the peaceful pace of Laos life as you explore its surprising diversity of sights and experiences. Colourful and charmingly with a hint of spice, it’s easy to see why Laos has sailed effortlessly into the heart of many a traveller. Discover countless and changing histories, landscapes and cultures on a journey through one of the most enchanting destinations in Asia.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO LAOS
Laos’ weather ranges from tropical to sub- tropical and temperatures vary accordingly between the north and south as well as from season to season. The best time to travel to Laos is from November to February and March when the weather is dry and warm without being too hot.
Laos climate can however get quite chilly in the north during these months especially in the mountainous areas such as Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars. From March, the temperature starts to warm up significantly, peaking in April/May, just before the rains come in June to signal the beginning of the humid wet season which runs until mid-October.
Slightly lower rainfall occurs in the north of the country and as a result Vientiane tends to be wetter than Luang Prabang. For visitors travelling between the end of March and beginning of April, please note in the mountainous area where “slash and burn” cultivation remains the smoke may cause a haze forcing domestic flights to be delayed or cancelled.
The hotels we use on our Laos Luxury Tours have been hand-picked to complement the high quality of experiences and touring, meaning you will be staying in true comfort throughout in the best locations so that traveler can make the most of their free time by strolling through closely located shopping centres, local markets, bars and restaurants. Every hotel included in our itinerary has been specially selected to ensure all traveler needs are met. They range from your standard tourist class properties of 3 stars to the more deluxe and luxury star hotels.
LANGUAGE & VISA REQUIREMENTS
The official and dominant language is Lao, a tonal language of the Tai linguistic group but English is spoken in the main cities as is French by the older generation. Thai and Vietnamese are also common. Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for all nationalities and you’ll be able to receive a 30 day Laos tourist visa on arrival.
Places to visit in Laos
Weaving along the Mekong River, Vientiane capital of Laos and the largest city in the country, yet is still small enough to get to know easily. The tree-lined boulevards and old temples impart an old world charm in spite of passing traffic.
Set amidst a striking mountainous skyline, Luang Prabang is a beautiful town retaining its original enchanting character and is perhaps the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia. This UNESCO listed city is the crown jewel of Laos and royal residence of the last king Sisavan Vatthana.
Vang Vieng is the Laos equivalent to Guilin with similar limestone mountainous landscape. Once a favourite destination for backpackers, Vang Vieng is fast becoming a destination for more mainstream travellers.
Located on the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don Rivers, the capital of Champasak Province is the departure point for Wat Phou, Four Thousand Islands and the coffee plantations of Bolaven Plateau. From here you can also visit Khone Pha Pheng Waterfalls, reputed to be the largest waterfalls in Asia.
Plain of Jars [Phonsavan]
Situated in Xieng Khuang Province, the
Plain of Jars is home to the mysterious and reputed 2000 year old stone jars. Phonsavan (Phonsavanh), the official provincial capital is the closest city and airport to the Plain of Jars.
Champasak / Wat Phou
A small and quiet former French colonial town, Champasak is now better known for its Pre-Angkorian temple dating back to the 8th century AD which has been listed as a World Heritage site. Wat Phou is thought to have been the possible capital of the first Khmer Kingdom before they moved south to the Ton Le Sap area.
Laos Events & Festivals
Festivals in Laos are generally linked to agricultural seasons or historical Buddhist holidays. The lunar new year begins in mid-April and the entire country comes to a halt and celebrates. Houses are cleaned, offerings are made in wats and everyone gets dowsed by water. Bun Bang Fai (the rocket festival) takes place in May. It’s an irreverent pre-Buddhist celebration with plenty of processions, music and dancing, accompanied by the firing of bamboo rockets to prompt the heavens to send rain. The week-long That Luang Festival in Vientiane in November has the whole repertoire of fireworks, candlelit processions and music.
Rice is the foundation for all Lao meals, and almost all dishes are cooked with fresh ingredients such as vegetables, freshwater fish, poultry, duck, pork, beef or water buffalo. Lime juice, lemon grass and fresh coriander give the food its characteristic tang, and various fermented fish concoctions are used to salt the food. Hot chillies, garlic, mint, ground peanuts, tamarind juice, ginger and coconut milk are other seasonings. Dishes are often served with an accompanying plate of lettuce, mint, coriander, mung-bean sprouts, lime wedges or basil – diners then create their own lettuce-wrapped titbits.