The Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Laos, the center of Southeast Asia, will capture your heart with its welcoming smiles, historic temples, and tropical climate. The beauty lies with the Lao people, the heritage and traditions and landscapes. Why not choose from one of our Laos hotels and visit the plains, plateaus and mountains and remove yourself from modern day stresses.
Laos has overcome many hurdles as they progress forward, from French administration to the Vietnam war. To this day Laos remains the most heavily bombed countries in history, particularly in the Houaphanh and Xieng Khouang Provinces, part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The country and people are shaped by the Mekong River, twisting and turning for nearly 1900 kms. In the South the Mekong reaches a breadth of 20 kms, creating thousands of islands which you can explore by boat. There are many options for you to enjoy the beautiful countryside: cycle or trek through the jungles or central plains; kayak or raft along the rivers and through caves and canyons; or search for wildlife in the Limestone forest or at the lakes of Khammouane or Savannakhet. See the diversity amongst the ethnic groups, the lifestyle, cultures, traditions and handicrafts when you visit the rural villages.
Vientiane, a city full of contrasts, is located on the banks of the Mekong River; the French-style buildings stand next to Buddhist temples and monuments, rice and vegetable fields are hidden behind tree lined roads, and sunset bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a fusion of Laotian and French cuisine. While staying in our Vientiane hotels you can explore the friendly city and surrounding regions. Visit the monument of Pha That Luang, the symbol of Buddhist religion and Loa sovereignty, or enjoy a day trip to the peaceful village of Ban Na - on the outside of Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area - to observe wild elephants in their natural habitat.
Stay in our Luang Prabang hotels and explore the former ancient capital, now a UNSECO World Heritage Site, commonly portrayed as the ‘Jewel in the Laos crown’. Luang Prabang, one of the best preserved towns in Southeast Asia, is surrounded by lush green mountains and the Mekong River. Enjoy a walk through this ancient capital and visit museums, view French colonial architecture and experience one of the 30 Buddhist temples. Local art such as woodcarvings, pottery and temple murals can be seen at all the monuments. Outside Luang Prabang visit the historic caves at Vieng Xai which became the headquarters for the Lao revolutionary movement, or travel across beautiful countryside to see the Plain of Jars, relics of a 2000 year old Bronze Age civilization.
Stay in our hotels in Paske and explore the Khmer temples, museums and markets. Visit the Mekong Dolphin Conservation Center to view the rare Irrawaddy Dolphins, located on Done Khone island. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Mekong plain from the upper terrace of mountain temple, Wat Phou.
Follow the Laotian saying and ‘slow the pace right down’; you will create the perfect holiday with your Laos accommodation.Image Attribution: piterpan under Creative Commons
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