Years of French colonialism is still visible in the architecture, the French bread and great coffee, but after years of isolation, this absolutely stunning gem of Indochina is emerging once again.
The friendly people and the slow pace of life mix with the incredible scenery, the rich culture, and the rural areas which have changed little for hundreds of years. You will not be disappointed by immersing yourself in Laos, but don't take our word for it.........
Local weather information
When is the best time to travel
There is a long period between Oct-Apr when Laos experiences its driest and warmest weather. Even at this time of year the Highlands can be cooler, particularly in the evenings.
The popular Mekong River Cruises are best in Nov-Jan when the water levels are at their highest making this form of transport easy and enjoyable.
As with Indochina in general, the rainier seasons should not stop you visiting. Downfalls are normally short and sharp and won’t have too much affect on your journey. It’s also when the country comes alive, the waterfalls spring back into life and the abundant, lush vegetation attracts wildlife.
October to Mid April
November to January (River cruises)
June & October (Lush vegetation & scenery with wildlife)
Laos in brief
There are so many reasons to visit Laos. The wonderful temples, the mighty Mekong River, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pak Ou caves, the list just goes on.
We recommend using our expert local partners to tailor your perfect journey around this simply stunning country. Landlocked between it’s neighbours, you’ll also be in a great position to 2 centre your holiday if you wish to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia or continue on the Mekong River into Vietnam.
The people of Laos and the pace of life will encourage you to see as much of this wonderful nation as possible. The Mekong River travels almost the entire length of the country and is an important part of life for many. The capital city of Vientiane is developing into a modern Asian city whereas the former royal capital and UNESCO listed city of Luang Prabang is full of stunning temples alongside colonial buildings. Come and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
Laos history & Culture
The majority of the Lao people are Buddhists. Lao is the official language although some French, English and Vietnamese is also spoken.
In early history, the Chinese invaded Laos followed by the Hindu Khmer Empire who eventually made their capital in Angkor in neighbouring Cambodia.
Laos achieved independence in 1953 and adopted communism in 1975. During this period Laos was isolated from the outside world until the late 1980’s when it slowly started to open up again.
Today, Laos still lags behind economically from its neighbours, but change is slowly taking place. Coffee is their biggest export, and tourism is very important.