Laos holidays, tailor made
While this price reflects the suggested itinerary (including flights, accommodation and excursions), this private trip is 100% tailor-made, and after you make your enquiry, a specialist can help you select the options best suited to your tastes and budget.
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.
1 Reviews of Laos holidays, tailor made
Reviewed on 08 Dec 2019 by John Lomas
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.
PlanetThe 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.
PeopleSituated 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.