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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.

Cultural Discovery

Mekong River Cruise, Isaan
In Thailand's north east, the Mighty Mekong River forms a border between the country's least developed and most unspoiled region, Isaan, and the exotic landlocked country of Laos.

Mountain Bike Tours

Cycle Southern Laos
Cycle Southern Laos travels from the southern Laos lowlands of Pakse to the former colonial outpost of Champasak, then to the tranquil presence of Si Phan Don and the lush coffee plantations of the Bolovens Plateau.

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

Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
A challenging journey through the remote hills of northern Thailand and Laos. Starting in the bustling and energetic Chiang Mai, cycle dirt tracks north to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle before heading into Laos and down the mighty Mekong River to Luang Prabang. Traveling by boat as well as bicycle, this tour gives you a unique glimpse into rural Thailand and Laos.

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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