Laos is one of the best-kept secrets in south-east Asia. With its slow, peaceful pace of life and a burgeoning tourism sector, a luxury holiday in Laos is an excellent choice if you wish to explore hidden lands and bundles of culture.
If you’re not a fan of the 100-mile-an-hour, helter-skelter lifestyle of Thailand or Vietnam, Laos offers a unique charm for the adventurous traveller. It’s a feast for the senses, with stunning landscapes, rare wildlife and magnificent colonial architecture just waiting to be explored.
In recent decades, Laos has been the ‘forgotten country’ in Asia, but it’s certainly getting the attention of luxury holidaymakers seeking a stark contrast to western culture on their travels. This proud Buddhist nation has a simplistic way of life that few nations can rival elsewhere on our planet.
Even Laos’ capital city of Vientiane is rather unassuming, underlining the country’s understated charm. Everything in Vientiane can be explored on foot, which makes it easy to get under the skin of the local culture.
From the vibrant morning market at Talat Sao to the majestic site of Wat Sisaket, the city’s most famous Buddhist temple, you can get a true sense of the generations that have made Laos what it is today.
Active types will also enjoy hopping aboard a bike and cycling along the expansive Mekong River, advancing past the various monasteries and local communities en route. Better still, at the end of an enchanting day, you can retreat to the boutique four-star surroundings of Ansara, which is within walking distance of all the capital’s most popular sights and sounds.
Nevertheless, it is Luang Prabang that often steals the show from the capital city. This modest, riverside location is another destination that’s best explored by bike or on foot. The captivating sights of the Phousi mountain and the tribal villages give visitors a little taste of what traditional communities in Laos are like.
La Residence Phou Vao is just ten minutes from the heart of Luang Prabang, which is a magnificent 32-room spa hotel retreat overlooking the misty Phousi mountains. If you’d prefer to be within walking distance of the city’s night markets, boutiques and restaurants, the ultra-indulgent Amantaka Resort should be at the top of your list. With private living space and on-site spa facilities, it’s a hideaway that genuinely feels like a home-from-home.
Both Vientiane and Luang Prabang are the ideal luxury holiday destinations in Laos, ideal for fanatical foodies that want to sample mouth-watering local flavours and those enchanted by the plethora of UNESCO World Heritage Sites on offer.
It’s also worth noting that Laos might tempt you if you’re into ecotourism, with the ability to trek to the north of the country and spend time integrating with the local villagers and understanding their way of life.
At Inspiring Travel Company, we focus solely on delivering exceptional luxury holidays to countries and resorts that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you. With unrivalled knowledge and experience of arranging luxury holidays in Laos, our dedicated in-house team can provide tailor-made experiences of Laos that are anything but the norm.
Feast your eyes on the last truly unspoilt country of south-east Asia and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Laos.