Go-slow Laos holidays

Go-slow Asia is alive and well in Laos. Dubbed ‘The Land of a Million Elephants’, this place wears a rich cloak of green, its paddy fields and sugar palms making way for national parks that lay claim to some of the earth’s most breath-taking waterfalls. Gilded monasteries with low sweeping roofs echo a rich spiritual culture, while stunning caves and karst scenery promise a taste of intrepid, off-the-beaten-track travel in this landlocked and as-yet little visited part of Asia.

With its serene and tranquil landscapes and their ancient customs, travelling through Laos can feel like travelling back in time.

Life takes on a slower, more spiritual pace in Luang Prabang. Set at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, its skyline dips and curves over 33 gilded Buddhist temples, and sumptuous monasteries with tiered roofs and intricate golden reliefs. The river here is popular for kayaking, rafting and canoeing.

Tumbling down through dense rainforest in Northern Laos, Kuang Si Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the region. With its multiple silvery tiers, and terraced pools of milky turquoise water, the whole place is a photographers’ dream.

There are two main seasons in Laos, wet and dry. The dry season is cooler and runs from November to March, while the weather between April and October is hot and wet.

Lao is the local spoken language in Laos, although English is also widely spoken.

Currently, there are no direct flights to Laos from the UK. The total flight time is about 17 hours with at least one stop en route.

The UK is six hours behind Laos.

Tipping is not expected but it is always appreciated, particularly in poor areas where even small change can make a big difference to people’s lives.

Yes, you need a visa to travel to Laos. You will also need a full British passport valid for at least six months after you arrive. You can get up-to-date information on entry requirements at CIBT visas or by visiting GOV UK.

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