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Laos

Background & Highlights

A closely guarded secret for nearly 20 years, Laos has only recently begun to receive visitors. Landlocked and wedged uncomfortably between Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Burma (Myanmar), Laos is something of a rustic poor relation trapped in a time warp.

An hour flight from the steamy crush of Bangkok, Laos is a ...

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Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1560 by King Setthathirath on the peninsula between the Mekong and Khan rivers in Luang Prabang. It is one of the most important temples in Laos.

Anthropology & Tribes

Trekking in Northern Laos
Northern Laos especially presents many great trekking opportunities. Not only is the terrain very mountainous and largely swathed in forest, it is also home to a dazzling array of highly colourful minority tribal people who still pursue the traditional slash and burn (swidden) farming methods, unchanged for a thousand years.

Mountain Bike Tours

Mekong River Explorer: kayaking & mountain biking
The Mekong Explorer is a sample bike, boat and kayak adventure following the mighty Mekong River from southern Laos into northern Cambodia, including the ancient World heritage site of Wat Phu, the 4,000 Islands, where the Mekong is at it widest, and the Ramsar flooded forests in Cambodia's Stoeung Treng (Stung Treng) Province.

Birdwatching

Tree Tent Camping Adventures
Dream of camping in the jungle, but wary of all that creeps and crawls? We have you covered. Snooze suspended in mid air with these exceptional tree tents. Sleeping up to three, the tents are ideal for couples, families, or good friends with a very spacious triple hammock floor.

River Cruises

Mekong River Cruise, Northern Laos
The Mekong Sun is the first river cruise boat designed to operate on the unpredictable waters of the upper Mekong between Chiang Saen in northern Thailand in the heart of the Golden Triangle, to the royal city of Luang Prabang and the Laotian capital, Vientiane.

Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1560 by King Setthathirath on the peninsula between the Mekong and Khan rivers in Luang Prabang. It is one of the most important temples in Laos.
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