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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.

River Cruises

Mekong River Cruise, Southern Laos
Not far from the shores of the Mekong River in Southern Laos lie two of the regions most remarkable treasures, the mythical World Heritage site of Vat Phou and the Oun Moung Temple.

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.

Mountain Bike Tours

Hanoi to Luang Prabang by Mountain Bike
This exceptional adventure will take you through the dramatic, tribal, mountainous area of Northern Vietnam, near the China border, before descending to the ancient Royal city and World Heritage site of Luang Prabang.

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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