Rickshaw Travel Specialist, Emma, on a boat with river in the background

Emma M

Lesser known than some of its South East Asian neighbours Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos is a little gem just waiting to be explored. The locals in Laos are as friendly as they come.. and the tasty food will certainly fill you up along the way! I like the fact that you can be exploring the beautiful architecture one day and then roaming through the jungle the next.

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Emma T

Beautiful green laidback Laos. Coming from the bustling City of Bangkok into the quiet French colonial streets of Luang Prabang greeted me like a breath of fresh Air. Untainted by mass tourism I loved the French influence – bakeries to die for, the architecture, the art and craft markets and the surrounding lush green countryside. I kayaked down the mighty Mekong with an ice cold Beerlao in hand travelled to Vang Vieng and then jumped on a bus to the languid riverfront capital of Vientiane.

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woman sitting on wall in Thailand

Ella

Laos is a lot more un-touched than Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. With beautiful natural springs and waterfalls, this was my favourite place in South-East-Asia by far for picturesque landscapes – perfect for photography!  I started in Luang Prabang to visit the Kuang Si Waterfall before heading to Vang Vieng to explore my adventurous side with mighty limestone peaks soaring out of the water – this was the perfect place to take my minimal kayaking skills to the next level! I then took a bus through to Vientiane and managed to squeeze in some much-needed shopping at the local markets for mementos before my flight back to the UK!

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People trekking through rice paddies in Laos

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Explore Laos on foot
Trek to hidden waterfalls in the rainforest, hike to secluded hilltribes and stay at home with the locals as you explore the green heart of Laos on foot.
Trekking in Laos

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