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How to Spend Your Time

It is hard to know at first glance how to spend your time in Laos because it all looks so stunning… but don’t worry, we’ve spent months doing all the planning and researching so we can advise just how best to spend your precious weeks or days.

No visit to Laos would be complete without visiting Luang Prabang – this delightful Unesco-heritage protected town has some of the finest architecture, food and temples of all of Laos (as well as lots of cute boutique shops!) You could spend days in this delightful town, which has two rivers running through it, whilst exploring nearby caves, waterfalls and elephant camps.

If your time is limited and we had to choose just one more place for you to visit in Laos we would probably recommend heading down to the charming south which is home to the impressive coffee region (the Bolaven Plateau) and the charming 4,000 Islands (called Si Phan Don). This is the perfect place to hire a bike, take a river boat ride, admire plentiful waterfalls or just relax in a hammock and turn your watch to ‘Lao time’!

The country has so many other highlights including its historic and colonial capital Vientiane (surely the best place to wine and dine here), Vang Vieng with its idyllic rural charm, and the Plain of Jars; a megalithic archaeological landscape of thousands of stone jars that are scattered around a vast plain.

We know, it’s a little daunting, and hard to know where to start. But that’s what we’re here for – and our advice and expertise is completely free! Take a peek at our online itineraries to see how some of these places are connected – or just give us a call 0207 112 0019 .

Luang Prabang
This delightful Unesco-heritage protected town has some of the finest architecture, food and temples of all of Laos (as well as lots of cute boutique shops!) You could spend days in this delightful town, which has two rivers running through it, whilst exploring nearby caves, waterfalls and elephant camps.
Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands)
This cluster of islands caught in the middle of the mighty flowing Mekong is the perfect place to chill for a couple of days. Cycling to waterfalls, spotting rare river dolphins, chilling in hammocks and watching the sunset over the Mekong are all in the order of the day here.
Champasak & The Bolaven Plateau
The Bolaven Plateau is not to be missed by any die-hard coffee fans! This idyllic, hilly region is where the finest coffee in Laos grows and we have some wonderful day tours on offer here - you can even spend the night at a family home on a traditional coffee plantation. Nearby Champasak has some wonderful luxurious riverside accommodation (some of the best in Laos) and a sunrise trip to Wat Phou Temple must not be missed.
Vientiane
The riverside capital of Laos is home to some of the country's finest restaurants, spas and cafes, not to mention a fantastic collection of boutique hotels... it is the perfect place to indulge your tastebuds and senses for a day or two. Nearby there are a number of impressive temples and cultural sights which are ideal to explore by bicycle.
Vang Vieng
Something of an outdoor lover's paradise, Vang Vieng, which is set on Nam Song River, is the perfect place for anyone seeking nature based activities - as well as some more adrenalin-seeking adventures. It's backdrop of serene cliffs and vibrant green paddy fields, coupled with an excellent selection of boutique hotels, make it the ideal place to chill for a day or two.
Vieng Xai Caves
This fascinating wartime cave hideout is set in beautiful gardens backed by delightful karst scenery. It is ideal for those who are travelling onwards to Vietnam and crossing at the land border - or vice versa.

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