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Laos Holidays

Holidays in Laos will take you to one of the most timeless, undiscovered and mystical destinations in Southeast Asia. From the architectural wonders of Luang Prabang and the capital Vientiane to the dense tropical jungles of the national parks and the relaxed southern islands, the country offers visitors a kaleidoscope of adventures accompanied by a genuine warmth and charm.

If you’re a first time visitor to Laos, then the UNESCO World Heritage site Luang Prabang is an unmissable highlight. This charming city stands at the meeting point of the Nam Khan River and Mekong River. Luang Prabang’s architecture bears the influence of Laos’ French colonial past, which is juxtaposed with soaring Buddhist temples. Its tree-lined avenues are a hive of activity day and night; the scent of khao piak sen (rice noodle soup) and green papaya serve as an intoxicating beacon to feast on the delightful cuisine. At night you can rest your head in one of the many fabulous boutique hotels that are continually springing up in the former French mansions.

Laos holidays: the original Shangri-La

Just over 200 miles south of Luang Prabang is the timeless capital of Vientiane. You’ll quickly notice that the historic centre is dominated by serene Buddhist monasteries. In the sprawling streets your gaze will fall on colourful temples and the repurposed remnants of the colonial era. Nearby you can explore vast Pha That Luang, a stunning Hindu temple with an incredible history. As evening falls take a stroll down to the waterfront night market and feast on traditional Laotian delicacies like laap (a meat salad) and tam mak hoong (green papaya salad).

In the north of Laos are hill villages where you can witness the daily life that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. At Muang Sing you can become immersed in the cultyres of the Ikhor and Lantern Hill tribes. This is where you can discover the unique culture, language and traditions of the ancient residents of the region. Take a trip down to Southern Laos, where you can marvel at wild highlands, experience spectacular waterfalls, or charter a boat along the Mekong River to catch a glimpse of the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore misty rivers and temples overgrown with vines, deep in ancient forests
  • Discover the old French capital of Vientiane, where crumbling colonial architecture sits side-by-side with some of Asia’s holiest Buddhist temples
  • Visit the hill villages at Muang Sing, where life goes on as it has for millennia
  • Dive into some of the best food you’ll ever taste; from spicy noodle soups to fragrant sticky rice

Time Zone

GMT + 7 hours

Flight Time

Flights to Laos take around 13 hours and 30 minutes, exclusive of stopover time. There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Laos. Indirect flights to Luang Prabang and Wattay go via Bangkok, Dubai, Amsterdam, Doha, and others.

Currency

LAK - Lao Kip

Visa Information

British citizens are required to purchase a visa upon arrival.

Language

Lao

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Laos.

Laos

October and April is the best time to visit Laos as temperatures are warm but not oppressive - generally between 20°C and 30°C - and rainfall is low. The monsoon season is from May through to October. However, this rainfall tends to be intermittent and leaves vibrant greenery in its wake and is a much quieter time to visit. If you do choose to visit Laos in the monsoon then be sure to bring your raincoat for these occasional rain spells.

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
21ºC
17mm
Vientiane
21ºC
6mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
23ºC
19mm
Vientiane
23ºC
16mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
32ºC
25mm
Vientiane
26ºC
32mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
28ºC
99mm
Vientiane
28ºC
83mm

Average weather in May

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
29ºC
156mm
Vientiane
28ºC
234mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
29ºC
171mm
Vientiane
27ºC
261mm

Average weather in July

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
28ºC
234mm
Vientiane
27ºC
251mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
28ºC
295mm
Vientiane
27ºC
337mm

Average weather in September

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
28ºC
171mm
Vientiane
27ºC
305mm

Average weather in October

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
26ºC
79mm
Vientiane
26ºC
83mm

Average weather in November

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
24ºC
28mm
Vientiane
24ºC
11mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Luang Prabang
21ºC
14mm
Vientiane
21ºC
3mm
  • a person wearing a red shirt and smiling at the camera

    Indianna

    Sales Performance Leader

    “Laos travel is all about taking your time. It’s ideal if you’re looking to slow down and immerse yourself in the country's diverse and fascinating cultural heritage.”

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “Take advantage of Laos' stunning natural beauty with an active, outdoor adventure - choose whether to explore by bicycle, hiking, kayaking, ziplining, or simply cruising the rivers and backwaters.”

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “Laos is a hidden wonder of the Far East and is overlooked by many. What I loved most about this fascinating country was the authentic Asian traditions, as well as the unspoilt towns and villages.”

  • Pi Mi Lao Festival

    Pi Mi Lao Festival takes place annually in April and is a New Year festival that is meant to last three days but can go on for as long as a week. This is a time when Laotians clean their homes, bathe Buddha statues and splash each other with water to purify and cleanse their souls. Why not visit Buddhist temples to see the festival in action?

  • Luang Prabang Boat Racing Festival

    Luang Prabang Boat Racing Festival takes place in the month of August of September each year. Residents take to the Nam Khan River in hand-carved boats that are manned by up to 50 paddlers in a frantic race to the finish. As these sacred boats pass they are cheered on by the crowds on the bank enjoying the markets and music that accompany the event. 

  • Boun Ok Phansa

    Boun Ok Phansa is a religious festival held in October, which marks the end of Buddhist Lent, and the end of the rainy season. The atmosphere is electric, as candle-lit processions move through the streets and colourful floats drift down the Mekong River.

  • Boat Racing Festival Vientiane

    In the days after the Boun Ok Phansa celebrations in October, the people of Vientiane, Champasak and Savannakhet hold their own Boat Racing Festival in Vientiane. These boat races celebrate the importance of the Mekong River within the community.

  • Khao niao

    Khao niao, or sticky rice is the mainstay of the Laotian diet. The rice si typically steamed in a wicker basket and flavoured with herbs and spices like galangal, ginger and chilli. This dish is deceptively simple but incredibly delicious.

  • Laap

    Depending on who you ask, this delicate minced pork salad is Laos’ national dish. The meat is spiced with mint, lime juice and powerful chilli pepper. Laap is served cold and is wonderfully refreshing on a hot day. 

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