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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

Upper Mekong River Journey
Cruise the Upper Mekong River between the historic ancient capital of Luang Prabang, a World Heritage site, and Houei Xay, located on the border at the northernmost point of Thailand, near to the infamous Golden Triangle.

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.

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.

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.

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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