Once upon a time, a furious dragon spat out a huge amount of water. As the land started to dry, some brown water made a channel and flowed to the horizon. Out of the mud on the banks, the first people evolved and they called the river Me Kong: the ‘big mother’. The country was referred to later as ‘the land of the Mekong’. Today we know it as Laos or the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Following the Vietnam War, it is also known to be the most heavily bombed country in the world. While the majority of the countries in Southeast Asia are developing and opening their frontiers to Westerners, it seems that Laos is still a riddle in the Asian jigsaw. The French colonialists may have best described Laos when they ruled Indochina: “The Vietnamese plant the rice, the Cambodians watch it grow, and the Lao listen to the pace of its growth”. In many ways, a trip to Laos is a trip to the ‘lost East’. Laos resembles how Thailand looked some 50 years ago. Today, after years of isolation from the outer world, Laos is slowly opening up and allowing visitors to explore its hidden secrets.
Please note: All our trips can be created on demand, so please feel free to Contact Us about a trip in Laos that has caught your eye, and we can create dates for you.
The Lao New Year on 4th April, 2019
This trip is designed around the Lao New Year’s celebrations at Luang Prabang- the ancient Lao capital. Howeve…