Laos vacations, tailor made

Travel by air, river and road until you reach the remote forested north of Laos on a tailor made tour that brings you closer to local communities living away from the tourist trail.
Bangkok Chiang Rai Golden Triangle Luang Nam Tha Nam Ha National Park Nam Kor River Muang La Nong Khiaw Luang Prabang Kuang Si waterfalls Pac Ou caves
Price
3875 including UK flights
Duration
12 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Includes private transfers, accommodation and services of an experienced driver/guide.
This trip can also be booked without flights
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Description of Laos vacations, tailor made

Price information

3875 including UK flights
Includes private transfers, accommodation and services of an experienced driver/guide.
This trip can also be booked without flights
Make enquiry

Departure information

Available all year. This suggested itinerary can be modified entirely to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used and how long you spend in each destination.

Travel guides

History
History vacations suffer from an image problem. They conjure up a picture of a sedate older crowd crammed into coaches, ticking off a list of antiquity...
Laos
Put simply, Laos is beguiling: the mysterious neighbour of Thailand, a country that sees 10 times more foreign visitors annually, but has not one ounc...

Vacation information

Travel experts:
This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Reviews

2 Reviews of Laos vacations, tailor made

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Reviewed on 08 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing traditional crafts still in operation for real and not for visitors visiting remote villages in the north

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be wary of ATMs. One took the charge from our account but produced no cash.
Laos is basically a cash economy. US dollars are not helpful in remote areas. You need local currency even though it is difficult to manage the numbers with
about 1=10,000 kip. Refillable water bottle would be useful.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Used local drivers and guides throughout. Spent money on food and lodging that appeared to go to local businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good. Lots of signs of Chinese investment in roads and railways suggests that Laos will change soon.

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Sailing down the Mekong River from Northern Thailand to Luang Prabang.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Slow down and enjoy. There is no need to rush in Laos

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so, I tried to use local hotels and guides.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous 10 out of 10

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

The Boat Landing Guesthouse is arguably one of the most prestigious ecolodges in Southeast Asia. This eco-friendly guesthouse provides its own energy from solar panels and also supports and promotes many local wildlife projects in the nearby Nam Ha National Park.

In Luang Nam Tha we use an adventure company called Green Discovery who have established an ecotourism project in conjunction with the local community ensuring that they benefit directly from tourism in the area. Such empowerment projects encourage villagers to appreciate and preserve both their heritage and natural environment.

The use of boats is also a more eco-friendly way to explore the countries and does not have such an adverse effect on the environment.

People

Situated on a hill overlooking the Mekong, the Lanjia Lodge in northern Thailand is owned and run by Hmong and Lahu villagers. The four bungalows are built in traditional Hmong style and although facilities are simple, they do provide some western comforts. The lodge is a fantastic base for trekking, bike riding and bird watching and offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of how tourism can play a positive role in the preservation of ancient cultures. Contributions from your stay will be used on community projects that improve the local hilltribe people's living conditions.

While in Luang Nam Tha or Luang Prabang you may wish to visit the Big Brother Mouse bookshops, where you can purchase children's books which can be distributed to a school teacher or village elder during your treks to some of the more remote regions. Alternatively you may wish to simply donate funds towards future book publications.

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