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Laos holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

We have 73 Laos holidays. Explore the peaceful land of Laos. Mountainous and landlocked, travel here revolves around the Mekong and its tributaries that lead you through incredible mountain scenery, to remote hilltribe villages and golden Buddhist temples. Holidays in Laos offer a more laid back experience than its South East Asian neighbours, and the friendliness of the people is sure to win you over. All of our Loas holidays help protect the environment and support local communities.
Laos tailor made holiday, culture & adventure
An in-depth exploration of Laos including some hidden gems, from £1350 - £1950 (13 days) ex flights
Thailand and Laos holiday, tailor made
Overland adventure through Northern Thailand and Laos, from £2695 (16 days) inc UK flights
Thailand and Laos adventure holiday, Bangkok to Vang Vieng
Active adventure beyond the beaten path through S.E. Asia, from £1775 (21 days) ex flights
Laos small group holiday
Experience the very best of Laos on this small group holiday, from £995 - £1255 (8 days) ex flights
Golden Triangle & Northern Laos holiday
Discover remote Northern Thailand and Northern Laos, from £2475 - £2675 (15 days) inc UK flights
Highlights of Laos holiday
Experience the very best of Laos on this small group tour, from £765 - £1020 (6 days) ex flights
Indochina tours
An awesome adventure Cambodia Laos Thailand & Vietnam, from £2160 - £2330 (30 days) ex flights
Northern Thailand & Laos tour
A small group cultural journey through Thailand and Laos, from £1885 - £2550 (14 days) ex flights
Indochina overland holiday
The ultimate discovery of South East Asia, from £2799 - £3249 (30 days) inc UK flights
Thailand, Laos and Cambodia holiday
Discover stunning remote Laos and the 4,000 islands region, from £2510 (14 days) inc UK flights
Laos and Vietnam holiday, Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Remote and rarely visited Northern Laos and Vietnam, from £2480 (15 days) inc UK flights
Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam holidays
An authentic and exciting holiday in Indochina, from £3200 - £3600 (4 weeks) ex flights
Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, Mekong adventure
An original adventure exploring Thailand, Laos & Cambodia, from £1850 - £2950 (14 days) ex flights
Indochina tailor made holiday
Explore the great diversity of the Southeast Asia region, from £3290 - £4690 (21 days) ex flights
South East Asia tour, Hanoi to Singapore
Discover a multitude of histories and cultures, from £2268 - £2519 (48 days) ex flights
Northern Laos holiday
An in-depth private tour of Northern Laos, from £2860 (11 days) inc UK flights
Indochina small group overland tour
Discover the mysticism, history and ancient traditions of SE Asia, from £1830 - £2000 (40 days) ex flights
Mekong adventure holiday, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia
The Mekong, one of the world’s greatest rivers, from £3000 - £3300 (18 days) inc UK flights
Cambodia & Laos tailor made tour
A soft adventure holiday to discover Cambodia and Laos, from £2890 (14 days) inc UK flights
Laos holiday, cultural tour
A complete private tour of Laos, from £3095 (13 days) inc UK flights
Budget tours to Laos and Thailand
Wander the tranquil monasteries of Luang Prabang, from £487 - £649 (12 days) ex flights
Laos cycling holiday, mountain tour
Quiet roads, tasty food and spectacular scenery, from NZ $3950 (13 days) ex flights
Laos and Cambodia tour
Laos and Cambodia – A Journey to Forever Mountain, from £1699 (16 days) ex flights
Luang Prabang & Central Laos holiday
Discover the wonders of Luang Prabang, from US $1500 (10 days) ex flights
Laos tailormade holiday, cruising & elephant sanctuary
Cruise in Laos and elephant mahout course, from £2995 (14 days) inc UK flights
Highlights of Indochina tour
Iconic Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos on a small group tour, from £2710 - £3105 (15 days) ex flights
Laos classic tour, off the beaten track
Head East towards the Vietnam border on paths-less-trodden to Sam Neua, from US $1880 (12 days) ex flights
Vietnam and Laos holiday
An exciting voyage through remote Vietnam and Laos, from £2195 (13 days) ex flights
Laos holiday, Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars
Northern Laos - highlights and off the beaten experiences, from £750 (7 days) ex flights
Laos country tour, tailor made holiday
A 100% tailor made tour of ancient and modern Laos, from £2995 - £3500 (17 days) inc UK flights

32 reviews for Laos holidays4 star overall rating

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Laos and Vietnam holiday, Luang Prabang to Hanoi
Memorable parts? Visiting a cave which had become a shrine due to a tragedy that happened there during the Vietnam war.....the place was thickly populated by the most incredible butterflies it was a deeply spiritual and moving experience. Our guides were lovely kind thoughtful and patient Tips? Don't bring too many clothes you won't need them and laundry can be done easily and cheaply in Laos and Vietnam Local benefits? Yes we were pretty Eco and ate with locals everywhere... (more)simone plaut
From £2480 including UK flights
Indochina overland holiday
Memorable parts? An excellent way to see Indochina - airport to airport guided tour - with everything taken care of - excursions, hotels, transport, etc. The people are amazingly friendly, the scenery is superb, all very refreshing. Halong Bay and Angkor Wat stick out just a bit above the rest of the places we visited. Tips? There is no hard walking or trekking - but you still need to be reasonably fit to climb mountainside steps, and squat walk thru small tunnels - if you want. Local... (more)Vinod Mehta
From £2799 - £3249 including UK flights
Indochina tours
Very good...Walking the Fitzroy track in Patagonia was the most memorable part (more)Carol McKearney
Laos is beautiful and the people are gentle and kind. Vietnam is crazy, hectic with stunning beaches and Halong Bay, Wow...Excellent. (more)Anne Honeyball
was one of the best trips I have ever done. We experienced all kinds of travel, visited many amazing sites and learned more in one month than most people do in a lifetime. The most memorable part was the homestay where we experienced what life really is for the locals who were so welcoming and friendly to us. (more)Sarah Beddow
From £2160 - £2330 excluding flights
Thailand and Laos adventure holiday, Bangkok to Vang Vieng
5*++++++++ It was absolutely superb! The operator may be a small company but it's dedication to providing the best service and most rounded and authentic personal experience of the country meant that I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. (more)Alice Ross
This trip was an amazing introduction to southeast Asia for me. I felt that my experience of Thailand and Laos was enhanced by this trip...Trekking throughout the north of Laos was amazing. We had a wonderful guide that was proud to show of his country, people, food, history and culture's. (more)Amy Worthington
From £1775 excluding flights
South East Asia tour, Hanoi to Singapore
Snorkelling for the first time in Nha Trang (and second time in Ko Phi Phi!) was fantastic, jungle trekking in both Thailand and Malaysia was awesome...Outstanding - varied, educational and stacks of fun. (more)Matt Williams
There were so many highlights to this holiday which covered so many countries... Staying the night in a hilltribe village in northern Thailand, snorkling on the coral reefs around Ko Phi Phi, 4x4 driving, drinking tea in a tea plantation in the Cameron highlands...exploring great cities like KL and Singapore. Fantastic, but tough going at times! (more)Bridie Brittain
From £2268 - £2519 excluding flights
Laos small group holiday
Memorable parts? The boat trip down the Mekong. So relaxing. Tips? Keep luggage to a minimum. Laundry facilities are widely available and you'll have more room in your case for purchases. Local benefits? Yes. Local village people, prosthetics provision and literacy help having a direct effect on Laos citizens. Overall rating? Very interesting and well paced. (more)Chris Williams
From £995 - £1255 including domestic flights only
Indochina small group overland tour
Memorable parts? Gosh! All of it! It was an amazing 40 day adventure but I particularly enjoyed watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, kayaking around Halong Bay in Vietnam and the stunning scenery of Laos and in particular watching the sun set over the Mekong River in Luang Prabang. Tips? We were constantly on the move, which was very exhausting and at the end of the Vietnam trip (the 40 day Indochina adventure was actually 3 separate tours which I did not realise and... (more)Lucy Charlotte Brand
From £1830 - £2000 excluding flights
Laos holidays, tailor made
Fabulous 10 out of 10...the best part was sailing down the Mekong River from Northern Thailand to Luang Prabang. (more)Sarah blagdon
There were many memorable moments, but we loved arriving at Hin Boun park by boat - even if we did have to do a lot of pushing! and La Folie down in the south of Laos was perfect! (more)Lesley Duncan
From £2980 including UK flights
Golden Triangle & Northern Laos holiday
Memorable parts? Visiting Luang Prabang Tips? Travel light as there are a lot of one night stays Local benefits? Certainly benefited local people because we ate in local restaurants Overall rating? Very good (more)Gillian Brassington
From £2475 - £2675 including UK flights
Photography tour in Laos & Thailand
Memorable parts? Almost too many to recount! The rice terraces at sunset and dawn, the hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge, the Stone Forest, the lake and mountains and pagodas at Dali, the Jade Dragon Mountain at Lijiang, Shangri-La, the markets and ethnic minorities.... Tips? Take some dollars, go (unlike locals) between Nov and April - we had superb weather; take some warm clothing for the Tibetan plateau; take plenty of film/memory cards! Local benefits? Very much so. We... (more)John deason
From £995 excluding flights
Thailand, Laos and Cambodia holiday
Memorable parts? The train Journey from Bangkok, the days on the Mekong and the guided tour of Bangkok. Tips? There are not too many high spots on this holiday, as it misses out the main sights. This is a rather low key trip and some of it is very beautiful. It does take you to less visited areas. Prepare for two full days of travelling at the end to get to Phenom Phen. Local benefits? Definitely relations with local people were respectful and brought benefits to them. Overall... (more)Lesley Holly
From £2510 including UK flights
South Laos Cycling holiday
Memorable parts? The most memorable thing was probably how many children raced out of their houses and dropped whatever they were doing to greet us as we biked by. Tips? At the moment, they are in the process of re-writing their information packets. Consequently, some of the information that they are currently giving out is not accurate. The only place this was a problem for us was that they told us to bring some stuff that they no longer recommend. Local benefits? All... (more)Jayne Bradbury
From US $1450 excluding flights
Volunteer with children in Laos
Memorable parts? Meeting the people of Laos, especially the Monks and Novices, and seeing the Laotian countryside Tips? Bring plenty of books and music to keep you entertained. Local benefits? Absolutely. I really felt I had a direct contribution to the improvement of people’s lives Overall rating? It was the most formative experience I have ever had. I would urge any and all people to apply (more)Barry Dixon
From £945 - £3695 excluding flights
Laos holiday, small group
The trip to Laos is one of the most memorable that we have taken and we loved every minute of it. (more)Susan Gough
The most memorable part of the holiday was cruising down the Mekong on a local boat operated by a wonderful Laos family and staying in an eco lodge on the way. (more)Fran Sharples
From £1905 including domestic flights only
Indochina holiday adventure
Memorable parts? Treking through the jungle and then meeting a hill tribe in Laos - drinking local whisky with the "chief." Meeting other lowland tribes in Laos. These visits gave us an appreciation of how people live (very different to our own lives!) A day sailing down the Ou river into the Mekong river and another day sailing down the Sangker river in Cambodia. Visit to the Golden Triangle and a very enjoyable stay in Luang Prabang. Eating with fellow travellers, enabling us to sample... (more)Joyce Godfrey
From £2350 - £2700 including UK flights
Highlights of Indochina tour
Very good...I appreciated the variety - everything from overnight in a village in Vietnam and being entertained by the locals in that beautiful place, to crawling through Cu Chi tunnels (very dark)to Silk production, making rice paper ... also liked Angkor Wat and associated temples, fascinating. (more)pamela taylor
Luang Prabang - such a pleasant place. The quality of orgaisation ranged from good to excellent. (more)Rosemary Napper
From £2710 - £3105 including domestic flights only
Bangkok to Hanoi tours
Memorable parts? I enjoyed the homestay the most as I felt like we got to understand a little bit about the people and managed to keep fit with the kids :) Tips? Plan for a few days in Singapore at the start. Local benefits? Yes, the homestay. Overall rating? I enjoyed it a lot. (more)Dave Wood
From £735 - £820 excluding flights
Cambodia & Laos holiday
We had so many experiences it is almost impossible to pick out the best. Our favourite place was Luang Prabang. (more)Pip Tregidgo
Most memorable? The Killing Fields and Limb fitting centre - both very real, the one very practical. Both gave some insight into the countries as they are today, and the struggles of those who live away from the tourist route. (more)John Parker
From £2050 - £2600 including domestic flights only

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Laos Travel

Laos is a landlocked country in South-east Asia, bordered by Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Isolated from the war for decades, tourism in Laos is still very much in its infancy here, so although the choice to travel to Laos is growing, it still has much of the tradition that has sadly starting to disappear in some other parts of the region. Trips to Laos are a popular choice thanks to the county's relaxed, friendly people and their shy hospitality, the contrast of the village life with the historic royal cities, and the pristine natural beauty of forested mountains, gothic limestone karsts and the mighty Mekong river.

The country's wilderness draws travellers looking for nature and adventure trips in Laos. Kayaking, rafting, rock-climbing, biking, community-based trekking are all available if you’re looking for adventure in Laos. You may choose to undertake an adventure tour in Laos where you could find yourself exploring the waterfalls and 4000 islands of the Mekong River and lush national parks, cycling through the peaceful countryside with its atmospheric temples and small colourful villages, or absorbing French-colonial architecture in the city of Luang Prabang while witnessing the unforgettable sight of hundreds of barefoot monks collecting alms at dawn.

Tours in Laos can range from five days to five weeks and may be catered for small or large groups. So with the country's warm and friendly people and fabulous sightseeing, Laos is a sleepy laid back destination, easy to explore yet difficult to leave.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a city located in north central Laos, where the Nam Khan river meets the Mekong River. The city is also notable as a UNESCO World Heritage Site making Luang Prabang an essential stop for those who travel to Laos. Surrounded by forested mountains at the junction of the two rivers, colour is the first of Luang Prabang’s virtues to greet those who take a trip to Laos. Pearly frangipanis, river banks lined with overgrown trees and scarlet flowers, and the saffron robes of hundreds of monks and their novices. The scent of fresh coffee, river activity, produce markets and spicy food soon follows. Trips to Laos are popular thanks to Luang Prabang's crumbling French provincial architecture and Theravada Buddhist temples. Its unique, well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of the two distinct cultural traditions of Asia and Europe.

There are a number of tours in Laos available where you may find yourself watching the traditional Monks receiving of alms from local residents at dawn, visiting ancient royal temples, watching the sun set from the Mount Phousi, or browsing vibrant night markets and cultural performances. For a bit more adventure in Laos, Luang Prabang's surrounding lush valleys and stunning Kouang Si waterfalls provide you with the perfect opportunity for swimming, trekking, cycling, or cruising down the Mekong to the famous Pak Ou caves.

Adventure in Laos

With the country's rugged forested mountains fringed by waterfalls, its spectacular limestone karst scenery, its vast countryside and the mighty Mekong river with its 4000 islands, adventure in Laos is a popular holiday choice for trips to Laos. When planning your travel to Laos, there are a number of adventure tours in Laos you may want to consider including caving, kayaking, biking, trekking and cycling holidays in Laos. You may find yourself on a tour in Laos, exploring the Bolaven Plateau, staying overnight in the middle of the forest, swimming in the waterfalls, or floating down the Mekong to visit the Pak Ou Caves and authentic hill tribe villages. You may spend time driving through the remote mountains to mysterious archaeological sites and exploring stunning limestone karst scenery, or embarking on a kayaking trip to watch the sunset over the river.

Cycling in Laos is another great way to explore the remote corners of the country. There are a number of guided or self-guided cycling tours in Laos that take you through some of the most stunning landscapes and culturally significant parts of Laos. You may find yourself cycling along the banks of the Mekong river in the World Heritage listed town of Luang Prabang with its exquisite golden temples and waterfalls, or through forested scenery climbing up into the mountains stopping at remote mountain tribes and exploring the Buddha caves. Alternatively, you might spend time cycling leisurely through the vast peaceful countryside and rice paddies breaking it up with stops to small villages and markets. The options for adventure trips to Laos are endless.
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