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Laos Walking, Trekking & Tours
Laos is a country infused with a sense of serenity, and the whole pace of life is so much slower than even other countries in Southeast Asia. Lazy, winding rivers thread their way through jungle-covered mountain scenery and a sometimes dreamy haze pervades the Lao atmosphere.
The former royal capital of Luang Prabang is often voted the ‘best tourist destination in the world’ for its combination of laid-back charms, relaxed air and unique architectural legacy. Built at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, in a delightful mountain-encircled setting, the city is UNESCO-designated as a World Heritage Site. The Royal Palace, numerous gilded temples and the beguiling night market are the main highlights. Cosmopolitan Vientiane, the modern-day capital of Laos, is larger than Luang Prabang but its elegant tree-lined avenues, brightly painted temples, fine French colonial architecture and river front promenade mean that it also possesses considerable charm.
Outside of the main towns and cities, Laos also boasts notable historical sites such as the mysterious Plain of Jars, the impressive Khmer temple of Wat Phu at Champasak, and the pilgrimage caves at Pak Ou boasting over 2,000 statues of the Buddha.
In addition to its outstanding historic sites, Laos’s northern hill villages, centred on Muang Sing and Luang Namtha , reveal a surprising ethnic diversity with small villages home to tribal groups with rich cultural traditions and brightly-coloured dress. The surrounding landscape of rugged mountains, pristine forests and rich river plains shelter, not only the villages, but also an impressive variety of wildlife including rare clouded leopards, pangolins, Asian elephants, bears and wild boars.
Our Gentle Walking Laos holiday visits colonial cities, natural splendours and hill villages via easy-paced day walks, whilst our Indochina Experience cultural tour combines the best of Laos with the highlights of neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam.View our holidays here