Laos holidays, tailor made

“Travel by air, river and road until you reach the remote forested north of Laos on a tailor made tour that brings you closer to local communities living away from the tourist trail.”

Highlights

Bangkok | Chiang Rai | Golden Triangle | Luang Nam Tha | Nam Ha National Park | Nam Kor River | Muang La | Nong Khiaw | Luang Prabang | Kuang Si waterfalls | Pac Ou caves |

Description of Laos holidays, tailor made

This 12 day tailor made holiday takes you from the golden temples of Bangkok to Chiang Rai, within the Golden Triangle, from where you’ll continue your travels into Laos en-route to a community run guesthouse, overlooking the Mekong River, in the forested realm of Nam Ha National Park.

From your lodgings you’ll be invited to explore the surrounding area on foot, by bike or paddling on a kayak as you find out more about the local Hmong and Lahu communities making the most of the natural world in the far reaches of northern Laos.

Your next mode of transport is a traditional long tail boat that takes you along the Nam Ou River through dramatic limestone valleys to offer a unique perspective of life in Laos away from the more typical tourist trail along the Mekong.

This final leg allows you to witness the lesser-visited areas of Laos that align the river banks with smiling, waving children, surprised to see visitors, making for a more authentic experience to reflect upon as you head towards your final destination Luang Prabang, the country’s cultural capital.

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Departure information

Available all year. This suggested itinerary can be modified entirely to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination.
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Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Responsible tourism

Laos holidays, tailor made

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

The Boat Landing Guesthouse is arguably one of the most prestigious ecolodges in Southeast Asia. This eco-friendly guesthouse provides its own energy from solar panels and also supports and promotes many local wildlife projects in the nearby Nam Ha National Park.

In Luang Nam Tha we use an adventure company called Green Discovery who have established an ecotourism project in conjunction with the local community ensuring that they benefit directly from tourism in the area. Such empowerment projects encourage villagers to appreciate and preserve both their heritage and natural environment.

The use of boats is also a more eco-friendly way to explore the countries and does not have such an adverse effect on the environment.

Community

Situated on a hill overlooking the Mekong, the Lanjia Lodge in northern Thailand is owned and run by Hmong and Lahu villagers. The four bungalows are built in traditional Hmong style and although facilities are simple, they do provide some western comforts. The lodge is a fantastic base for trekking, bike riding and bird watching and offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of how tourism can play a positive role in the preservation of ancient cultures. Contributions from your stay will be used on community projects that improve the local hilltribe people's living conditions.

While in Luang Nam Tha or Luang Prabang you may wish to visit the Big Brother Mouse bookshops, where you can purchase children's books which can be distributed to a school teacher or village elder during your treks to some of the more remote regions. Alternatively you may wish to simply donate funds towards future book publications.

3 Reviews of Laos holidays, tailor made

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Reviewed on 08 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing traditional crafts still in operation for real and not for visitors visiting remote villages in the north

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be wary of ATMs. One took the charge from our account but produced no cash.
Laos is basically a cash economy. US dollars are not helpful in remote areas. You need local currency even though it is difficult to manage the numbers with
about £1=10,000 kip. Refillable water bottle would be useful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Used local drivers and guides throughout. Spent money on food and lodging that appeared to go to local businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good. Lots of signs of Chinese investment in roads and railways suggests that Laos will change soon.

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sailing down the Mekong River from Northern Thailand to Luang Prabang.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Slow down and enjoy. There is no need to rush in Laos

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so, I tried to use local hotels and guides.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fabulous 10 out of 10

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were many, 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!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you want to get off the beaten track a bit in Laos you do have to do some homework - unless, like us, you have a car to take you places. Otherwise it could be difficult and I wasn't aware of lots of road signs or even detailed maps. Food away from towns is basic but delicious - like Vietnam, Laos knows how to make the best of fresh veg and fish. Luang Prabang is apparently now heaving with visitors, but the centre and south, where we were, is relatively quiet - parts of the 4000 lslands would be busier - and definitely worth the effort.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We did our bit by taking impromptu adult English classes one Saturday morning - to our surprise! Otherwise, who knows. We were taken to a mlnorities village and hated that and have suggested it be taken off any future visits. The villagers didn't appear to be involved in any sort of activity and we felt very uncomfortable, getting out as quickly as possible. Sorry.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Super!

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