Like a theatre set brought to life, laid-back Laos is home to a vivid palette of sparkling colours that define a paint box bursting with lush green countryside, stunning azure waterfalls and saffron laced cities. The temple bells and ringing of bicycles provide an early morning soundtrack that soon fades with the golden sunset into an evening hush, for Laos is truly the sleepy star of Southeast Asia.
Frangipani scented capital Vientiane carries an intimate air, with a walkable size and slow pace. Architecturally the city exudes French charm, right down to the fountains and gardens of Patuxai which would look equally at home on the Champs Elysees.
To the north, UNESCO listed city Luang Prabang plays host to an array of ancient temples, stunning tiered waterfalls and dramatic limestone caves awash with gilded Buddah statues hand-carved from local wood. A rainbow of colour pops from every viewpoint, with cool whitewashed buildings and golden temples juxtaposed with brightly coloured canopies covering the spice and silk filled night market.
A host of opportunities await lovers of the outdoor life, presenting exhilaration and entertainment of the energetic kind. Climbing, kayaking, hiking and biking top a list that is tailed by zip wires, up-stream safaris and boating with only birds and bats for company. There’s something for everyone in this unspoilt Lao wilderness that makes for an authentic experience unrivalled by any western nation.
adventure, beach, cities, culture, honeymoon, safari, wellness
When to go:
october and april.
Flight duration from the UK:
12 hours (approximate)
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