Laos is one of Southeast Asia’s most enchanting destinations. From the Mekong River to crumbling colonial towns, Laos has so much culture to soak in. Asia Travel Expert Louise tells us how to get the most out of a Laos vacation.
With over 1,200 monks in Luang Prabang, the morning alms ceremony is a spectacular sight. Watch the monks take the offerings for their daily meals from the locals and you can also get involved if you wish. The 5am start is well worth it, in order to experience this atmospheric Buddhist tradition.
Baby Elephant Experience
A must do for elephant lovers! The star of the show is baby Kit, his cheeky character provides plenty of entertainment as you trek through local farmland and forests with the elephants
Baci is a Lao ritual used to celebrate important events and is still very much part of daily life in Laos. A private ceremony is the perfect way to visit a local home and experience this tradition.
Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center
This small museum is a brilliant way to learn more about Laos’ diverse ethnic cultures and traditions. We can also arrange for you to meet one of the museum’s Directors for a more in-depth tour.
Ock Pop Tok
Head to Ock Pop Tok to learn the secrets of Lao Textile design and weaving techniques. This social enterprise is home to talented artists, a weaving and dying studio, craft school and exhibition space. The handicrafts created are exquisite, so it’s also a great place to purchase a few souvenirs.
Dinner on the Mekong
Enjoy a leisurely evening cruise on one of Laos’ most luxurious boats. The Mekong is an important lifeline to many developing countries in Asia and this is a great way to witness local life on the riverbanks. The scenery is stunning and you can enjoy a glass of wine and dinner as the sun sets over the mighty Mekong.
COPE Visitor Center– Vientiane
Despite the war ending over 40 years ago, Laos remains the most bombed country in history, resulting in millions of remaining landmines (UXOs). This exhibit highlights the UXO problem and the work undertaken by COPE to provide disability services for people affected. Despite the harrowing topic, it is a fascinating place to visit and learn about Laos’ history.
Waterfall for Breakfast
The only way to visit the Kuang Si falls in my opinion! The early morning start avoids the crowds, so you have this picturesque place virtually to yourself. After exploring the falls, enjoy a picnic breakfast which is a pretty special way to spend a morning.
Hiking in Northern Laos
The mountains surrounding Muang La are home to numerous traditional ethnic tribes. Get off the beaten track and spend a day hiking in this remote region, to see authentic and unspoiled hill tribe villages and learn about their traditional way of life. If hiking isn’t for you, we can also arrange 4X4 excursions.
Cycling in Muang La
Exploring rural Laos by bike is a great way to visit local villages and meet interesting people along the way. This rural area is surrounded by scenic paddy fields and dramatic mountain landscapes, so there are plenty of great photo opportunities as you meet fishermen, basket weavers and farmers all going about their daily routines.