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Laos

Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Asia

Contact provider for price 7 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Remote Lands 12 people max
  • Vientiane airport, vientiane, laos
  • Culture & Nature trips
National Geographic Traveler's Tours of a Lifetime 2010
Laos is a country of astounding physical beauty, kind-hearted people and compelling cultural heritage. The Buddhist nation is also one of the most undeveloped and least-visited countries in the world making it quite alluring to the adventurous traveler. Like Cambodia and Vietnam, it was also a French colony, but it has remained much more isolated than the other two countries in the former Indochina, in part because of its landlocked location between Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), China, Vietnam and Cambodia. Luang Prabang, Laos's majestic crown jewel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with gorgeous palaces and temples on the banks of the Mekong River. The charming town was founded in the 7th century as the capital of the Kingdom of Luang Prabang, and was subsequently the capital of the Kingdom of Laos, which is now a communist state.

Remote Lands immerses you in Laotian culture by providing insider access to private events and extraordinary people. Our journeys introduce you to a multi-faceted selection of remarkable people, from government leaders and top businessmen to remote villagers and fishermen. Your interactions with these people will be stimulating, edifying and enlightening, and you will have a well-rounded and profound learning experience that you will value forever.

Locations visited/nearby

Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Asia

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3 testimonials about the provider, Remote Lands:

  • Reviewer:
    "Thank you so much for what I can truly say was a trip of a lifetime. It was impeccable! The flow of the trip was ideal and every guide was wonderful in his own right. The fine-tuned details and the flexibility of Remote Lands made the trip flawless. There is no doubt in any of our minds that we will choose to travel again with Remote Lands while in Asia."
    5
  • Reviewer:
    "Our adventure in Southern Laos was great overall and I would rate the trip highly. We certainly had a great time. We appreciated traveling in remote areas off the beaten track and the vast majority of your arrangements were excellent. Some of the highlights included kayaking on the Mekong River, the interlude we spent with a very pleasant coffee grower, and a riverside picnic lunch where we encountered a local family. The slice-of-life experiences made the trip worthwhile."
    5
  • Reviewer:
    "Overall we enjoyed a wonderful trip and appreciated the fine service and attention to detail provided by Remote Lands. VIP arrivals and assistance with immigration and customs certainly adds ease and comfort to traveling. Our party preferred a French-speaking local guide and you found someone who was both knowledgeable and helpful. We would recommend her to anyone with the same needs. The hotels and accommodations you suggested were great and we particularly liked our private junk on Halong Bay and the Nam Hai in Hoi An. The new Six Senses on Con Dao island has a wonderful beachfront setting and it was a very relaxing way to end the holiday."
    5

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Vientiane
# Check in to the luxurious Settha Palace Hotel, a lovely, turn-of-the-century French colonial architectural gem with immaculate landscaped gardens and custom-designed furniture, ideally located near the city center.

 
# Explore the city on foot, visiting the exotic Talat Sao market and various interesting private shops, including Sandra Yuck's Caruso gallery of ebony wooden creations, and Carol Cassidy's Lao Textiles.

 
# Dine at the luxurious La Belle Epoque, noted for its sumptuous French and Lao cuisine.

 
# Go to meet wood- and stone-carving experts where you can have a hands-on demonstration, and stop by the Vientiane Silk Museum, recognized for its fine collection.

 
# Visit the striking golden That Luang Stupa, Vientiane's most revered temple and Lao's national monument, which is attended daily by numerous local pilgrims.

 
# In the evening, a prominent local family will host you for a dinner prepared by one of Vientiane's premier chefs. Laotian food is a spicy melange of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines, never served without sticky rice and the ubiquitous local chili paste.

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