Laos Group Tours & Short Stay holidays
With a landscape dominated by mountains, lush forests, pristine waterfalls and the mighty Mekong River, Laos is one of the hidden treasures of Indochina. Laos provides travellers with a chance to truly experience Asia as it once was. Still relatively undeveloped and blessed with natural beauty and welcoming people, this country will leave a lasting impression on all who visit.
Time - Laos is 3 hours behind Australian EST
Language – The official national language is Lao. Vietnamese, Thai and English are also common.
Entry Requirements -Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for Australian travellers, the price of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our group tours for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame).
LAOS NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
The celebrations for Cambodian and Lao New Year fall during 13-15 April 2014 and around the same time in 2015.
Weaving along the Mekong River, Vientiane is the capital and the largest city in Laos, however, it is still small enough to get to know easily. The treelined boulevards and old temples impart an old world charm, in spite of bustling traffic.
Vang Vieng, is a scenic town nestled on the Nam Song River. The town is approximately 4 hours drive from Vientiane city. Well-known for its karst hill landscape lining the west bank of the river, these mountains have many caves and tunnels, some yet still unexplored.
Set amidst a striking mountainous skyline, Luang Prabang is perhaps the best preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. This UNESCO World Heritage listed city is the gem of Laos and was the Royal residence of the last King, Sisavan Vatthana.
Phonesavan was one of the most heavily bombed places during the American War in Vietnam. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Plain of Jars’, an archaeological site littered with large stone jars. ALthough there are lots of theories as to why they are there and their possible uses no one has been able to explain their existence definitively.
Founded by the French in 1905 as an administrative outpost, Pakse is now the third biggest city in Laos. Situated at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Se Don River, Pakse is ideally located as a base to many of Laos’s sites such as Vat Phou and the Si Phan Don.
Laos Group Tours
Laos Short Stays
Private short stay packages for the independent traveller.
Images from Laos