Laos is a country of great beauty, full of history and ancient rhythms. It is traditionally known as the ‘land of a million elephants’.
The capital city of Vientiane maintains a laid-back charm with its faded French colonial architecture juxtaposed with ornate, gilded Buddhist temples.
At the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan river valleys, lies the ancient capital of Luang Prabang. This city offers a medley of rich cultural history with centuries old wats (temples) and relatively recent royal influence. Nearby waterfalls and mountains make it a great base for outdoor adventure. Hiking and mountain biking to the Hmong villages to gain an insight and understanding of local culture. The traditional lifestyle of the unique hill tribe people continues today.
The Laos countryside is a patchwork of inviting mystery highlighted by the Plain of Jars and spectacular natural beauty of Champassak Province. It is home to ancient temples, rice paddy fields, coffee plantations and unspoilt natural landscapes.
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16 Days South East Asia
Bangkok offers the true oriental taste of Asia. Bustling, bright lights, tasty street food, history, art, the home of the silk trade. In the Golden Triangle to be awakened by trumpeting elephants and birdsong. Coinciding with the annual lantern festival of Loy Krathong is a great option.
Cruise the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers observing daily life in the rural countryside. Get involved and learn about life in a monastery in Luang Prabang. Cruise Halong Bay’s limestone castes and floating fishing villages aboard a luxury boat.
The 12th century Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious monument and an incredible architectural marvel. Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new fusion of world-class design, all-inclusive hospitality and conservation, where your stay makes a real difference in protecting unique and endangered species.
Myanmar is a great climax to this itinerary, showcasing the beauty and hospitality of this war torn nation. Edifices such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon are living temples that are ideal platforms to observe everyday life.
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