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Probably the most frequently asked question in respect to this part of Southeast Asia is ‘when’s the best time to visit Laos’. In our opinion, there’s no simple answer so read on for a brief overview of Laos weather and a few of the pros and cons of travel at different times of the year. The landlocked, mountainous Southeast Asian…

Visitors frequently get confused between Cambodian and Khmer, aren’t always sure whether they should be saying Burma or Myanmar and we’ve also even heard people referring to the inhabitants of Thailand as Thailandese. However, the small, land-locked and mountainous country of Lao or Laos probably comes out on top of the name confusion charts. The country’s official name is the…

Current Sites Laos’s latest addition to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List – inscribed in 2019 and to our minds, long overdue – is the Megalithic Jar Sites of Xiengkhuang, commonly known as the Plain of Jars. Usually associated with adjectives such as mysterious or enigmatic the site consists of over 2,000 giant jars, carved out of solid rock and scattered…

A 2-week Central and South Laos tour following the mighty Mekong by boat and by road from the riverside capital Vientiane through rarely-visited parts of southern and central Laos and into remote northeastern Cambodia. The lesser-known central and southern parts of the country hide some of Lao’s – and indeed Southeast Asia’s – most sublime scenery including the awe-inspiring Tolkien-esque…

This fascinating, 2-week guided Laos and Cambodia tour, Indochina Adventure, takes you through the heart of Southeast Asia. Beginning in the riverside capital Vientiane we’ll travel north through the mountains on the brand new Lao-China Railway to the ancient royal city, now World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang to explore the ancient temples and French colonial-era architecture of what is certainly…

A 2-week fully escorted Laos family tour. This tailored family adventure begins in the old capital – UNESCO World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang – before taking you overland to the spectacular karst landscapes of Vang Vieng and the laid-back contemporary capital, Vientiane, situated on the banks of the Mekong River. From here we’ll travel to the lesser-known, far south of the…

A brief country-by-country rundown of Southeast Asia’s various UNESCO Sites beginning, for no particular reason, with the list of Laos World Heritage sites. Well, it is an easy one to start with since the small, land-locked and sparsely populated nation has the grand total of 2 sites. Having said that a scan through the UNESCO list, (which does seem somewhat…

Well, mostly a Laos recommended reading list since we can’t find many movies set in Laos, half-decent or otherwise, and haven’t come across too many good documentaries either. There are numerous books on Lao history, the majority of which fall into either the 19th-century French explorers’ accounts or the Vietnam/Indochina war period categories. Studies of early history in Southeast Asia…

Our comprehensive Laos tour, ‘Far North to Far South’, follows one of the world’s greatest rivers through the heart of Indochina. Beginning in the laidback contemporary capital Vientiane, we’ll take a scenic ride on the brand new China-Lao railway to the historic and picturesque town of Luang Prabang, nestled in the mountains of the far north of Laos. From here…

Our popular Northern Laos tour, Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars is an 8-day exploration of some of the fabulous historical, cultural and scenic highlights of this little-known country. The itinerary includes a ride on the brand-new Lao-China Express train from Vientiane to Luang Prabang with an exploration of the ancient capital and UNESCO World Heritage town. Discover the…

Our 2-week Thailand and Laos tour, Northern Laos and the Golden Triangle is a superb introduction to the spectacular scenery, still very traditional culture and rich history of this truly fascinating, yet relatively little known, region. We’ll begin the tour in Thailand’s northern capital – the delightful and historic city of Chiang Mai – before heading north through spectacular mountain…

Our 15-day Thailand, Laos and Cambodia tour – ‘The Emerald Triangle’ – explores this picturesque yet rarely-visited region in the heart of Indochina where the borders of the three countries meet. On our travels we’ll take in 3 World Heritage sites; the ancient Siamese capital of Ayutthaya and Khao Yai National Park< as well as the scenic Angkor period temple…

Mountains and Hill-tribes – a fascinating and varied 2-week Northern Laos and Vietnam tour. This superb voyage through some of Southeast Asia’s most remote, least-known but spectacular regions begins in the laidback contemporary capital Vientiane from where we’ll travel on the Lao-China railway through the mountains to the ancient royal city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. Discover…

Our Unexplored, the Far North is a 3-week off-the-beaten-track Thailand, Laos and Vietnam tour. Little more than one hundred years ago much of these northern reaches of Southeast Asia were still marked on maps as simply – ‘unexplored’! This Indochina tour offers the chance to travel overland through some of these remote, rarely-visited, but truly spectacular regions, from Thailand’s infamous…

Incredible really is the word for the amazing Konglor Cave system, situated amongst the dramatic karst scenery of Hin Boun district in central Lao’s Khammouane Province. Reminded of us of the spectacular scenery of northern Lao’s Vang Vieng but without all the tourists since mass tourism is fortunately yet to hit this remote part of the country. Whilst the above-ground…

Now you will usually see adjectives such as mysterious or enigmatic preceding the name the Plain of Jars, Laos, with the reason being – since a stone jar in itself is not so mysterious –  that archaeologists can’t agree on their date or even their actual purpose so….enigmatic! The stone jars – up to 2m tall and carved out of…

Not quite sure why the ‘powers that be’, (guess that’d be TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand?), decided to call this region – the area where the 3 countries of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand meet – the Emerald Triangle but they have done. Yes, it very green, but then so is most of Southeast Asia! Anyway, it’s got a ring…

Longest, tallest, widest, biggest….superlatives can be deceptive and statistics vary enormously but the little-known Khone Phapaeng Falls in Champassak Province of Southern Laos is certainly right up there on the list! Just downstream of the picturesque Four Thousand Islands‘ region – along the Lao/Cambodian border – the entirety of the Mekong River goes over a 65-foot escarpment so it’s definitely…