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    Luang Prabang
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    Travel in comfort and style, visiting these two cities, the highlights of Cambodia and Laos.

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    Enjoy a more in-depth experience of Indochina, spending time to explore towns and countryside.

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    Welcome to Laos...

    Traveling to Laos is to travel to the old Indochina. The Mekong river was viewed by the French as a gateway to the rich trade and resources of Southeast Asia, and the Upper Mekong and Lower Mekong are divided at the waterfalls and islands of the "Four Thousand Islands" region of South Champassak - by the border between Cambodia and Laos. The Mekong river, and its tributaries, define the landscape of Laos.

    Luang Prabang is the quintessential French colonial Southeast Asian town. The virtually unspoiled fusion of Laotian and colonial architecture brought it UNESCO World Heritage status, and strict limits on development have limited the impact of the tourists who visit.

    Elephant trekking in Laos

    Laos: "Land of a Million Elephants"    

    Laos deserves much more than just a visit to Luang Prabang, however. There is almost endless scope for trekking and adventure sports - from a morning elephant ride to a waterfall for a refreshing swim before lunch, to challenging multi-day treks staying at hilltribe villages.

    "Combine the best of Cambodia and Laos in one life-changing vacation. Stunning landscapes, two thousand years of history written in the temples and palaces, a relaxed pace of life, and above all - welcoming people, who you are supporting with your travel."

    Andy Booth

    Andrew Booth
    Founder, ABOUTAsia

    A Few Days

    Luang Prabang is the must-see of Laos. If time is limited, add this on as an extension to tours of other countries in Indochina. Typical Highlights:

    • Sunrise start to see thousand of orange-clad monks processing through the streets on their daily alms-gathering
    • Elephant trekking - starting from an easy 90 minute ride
    • Boat trip up the Mekong, through stunning mountain scenery, to the Pak Ou caves
    • A traditional welcome Baci ceremony

    Luang Prabang (and Laos in general) is a very laid back place, and an ideal spot to wind down after a busy touring itinerary

    A Little Longer

    The capital city Vientiane is usually the first stop outside of Luang Prabang, either to see the main city sights or use as a base for more active adventures. Developing hotels beyond Vientiane and Luang Prabang, however, mean that the rest of Laos is not just the domain of backpackers:

    • Wat Phu - UNESCO listed Angkorian temple in Champassak, near Pakse
    • Champassak province - the Xe Pian Wetlands and Phu Asa the Bolaven Plateau, the 4 Thousand Islands
    • Xieng Khouang - the mysterious Plain of Jars
    • Northern Laos - rafting, climbing, trekking and hilltribes
    • Central Laos - spectacular river caves including the 7.5km Konglor cave

    Stunning scenery, a relaxed and welcoming people, great cuisine and a fascinating mix of cultures - Laos and Cambodia are perfect complementary vacation destinations


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