Laos Holidays

Visitors come to Laos to step back in time, to experience the beauty and the wonder of its traditions and cultures, traits much harder to find in its rapidly modernizing neighbors like Thailand or Vietnam. While tourism here has grown dramatically over the last decade, visitors to Laos can still catch glimpses of monks wrapped in saffron robes ... Read more
begging for alms at daybreak, float silently down the mekong past thatched villages and jungled hills, or wander streets graced with dramatic Buddhist temples and French Colonial mansions.

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Laos was the first destination I backpacked to. I booked a one-way ticket of 28 dollars by TigerAir and flew to Laos, transiting in KL. I like Laos because it wasn't polluted by tourists, and the cost of food, hotel and transport were unbelievable cheap – one night in a hostel cost only $2.

In Vang Vieng (the party city), I got to try tubing, partying and caving which were very unsafe yet exciting. I really like the trip to Laos and encourage more people to visit there.

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Peaceful Laos is now well established on the backpackers trails. But while Van Vieng and Luang Prabang have changed a lot and not always for good, the rest of the country still feels undeveloped and relaxing. If you love coffee, you must tour the Bolaven Plateau

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Thác Bà, Yên Bái, Vietnam

Have an adventure with in Vang Vieng and see the wonder warterfall kwangsi. Really want to go back Laos more times.


Beautiful, undeveloped, laid-back Laos, with its fabulously kind and welcoming folk, may just be the sweetest country in SE Asia. Each and every place I visited in the country qualified as a highlight. It's fantastically cheap, with great food and lovely countryside, but it's the supreme goodness of its people that set it apart. Spend a week letting the slow rhythm of its rivers transform you, eating copiously and well, and talking to people who give the lie to the title of Thailand as the 'Land of Smiles': Laos is 100 times more friendly.

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The last 10 years has seen an explosion of tourism in Laos with backpackers spilling in from neighboring Thailand. With not the off-the-beaten-path destination it once was, life is still unhurried here and infrastructure basic. Extremely friendly people and beautiful landscape and culture are the main draws. Great country to relax and take it easy. My only criticism is that that it is quite difficult to "do what the locals do" because locals don't really travel or eat out, so most everything is set up for tourists only.

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Beautiful country. The people are lovely and the food is great, try to get off the beaten path if you can, the countryside to amazing. Low season it the best time to go ( if you can stand the heat, April and May). Don't bother with Vang Viang, there are much nicer places to go if you really want to see the country.


I have never met someone who did not absolutely love Laos and it is easy to see why. It is what I imagine Thailand was 20 years ago. It is still a little remote, not too touristy, cheap and fun. Backpackers go there, but I had never really heard too much about it before I moved here. Great landlocked country that will be a great change of scenery from the South of Thailand's beaches and Bangkok pollution!


It is pretty unbelievable how from the river islets of the far south to the lush green mountains of the the far north, there is not really an inch of this country that does not qualify as stunning scenery. Laos has so much to offer for appreciators of nature and adventurers. You can ride tubes down rivers passing limestone karsts, trek through diverse mountainous jungles to remote minority villages, swim in blue lagoon pools, explore caves, circle a gorgeous plateau by bicycle, motorbike or car, and climb waterfalls of all heights. What is even more impressive is the lifestyle of the local people. You might have to rethink your definition of "laid back" after visiting Laos as it will seem like life moves at less than half the pace of what you're used to. Don't be surprised to find yourself spending days rocking back and forth in a riverside hammock without any memory of what was stressing you out the week before. The locals are kind and helpful and a polite "No, thanks" is enough for a solicitor to leave you be (this is hard to find in most developing Asian countries). Oh and don't forget to leave a lot of extra room in your luggage because it is really hard to walk away empty-handed from the handicraft markets (my favorite of all the Asian markets I've been to!)


OMG. I was in Laos for two weeks and it was nuts. All very rough, but good food, nice people, great scenery and tons of adventure. My odyssey across north-central Laos -- from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan to see the Plain of Jars -- was definitely the most adventurous four-day period of my life up to now. In the dry season, it's maybe 100 or 150 miles and supposed to take four or five hours, but that road is deemed too dangerous in the rainy season because of landslides and Hmong guerrillas. I had to take a route that was twice as long. It included several song thao rides of 5 to 20 miles each, a bus ride of maybe 50 miles, a 200-yard slog through thigh-deep mud, and finally a 20-mile ride in a Soviet-era taxi cab through a landscape that was cratered like the moon. The Plain of Jars made it worth the hassle. Oh, this was in September 2000, by the way. I have no idea whether the roads are any different except that Google Maps won't let you plot the direct route from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan.