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Where to go in Laos

Laos is a wonderfully varied, enchanting country that simply begs to be be explored. This is a destination ideally suited to touring; rather than staying in one place, it's best to divide your time between several spots to have the best overall experiences. This way, you can enjoy magical sites such as the Four Thousand Islands, explore incredible landscapes and discover the nation's rich heritage in its wats, villages and museums.

Laos can be divided into three broad regions - the north, centre and south. Famed for its lush landscapes, the south is an utterly beguiling destination for nature lovers, and includes the famous Four Thousand Islands, as well as the Champasak region, which combines stunning landscapes with heritage sites.

In the central provinces, you can delve into Laos' heritage and culture. In Vientiane, for example, you can stroll around its historic old quarter, with its temples, tree-lined boulevards and dragon statues.

The north, meanwhile, is split between imposing mountains and some of the nation's finest heritage spots - including the fantastic Luang Prabang. While Laos never gets overrun with tourists, it is to Luang Prabang that the bulk of the visitors go - and with good reason. Its laidback atmosphere is full of old-world romance, and it is somewhere visitors can encounter everything from local history to the perfect spot for kayaking. With that in mind, it's little wonder it's so well-loved.

Your Laos holiday - where is best?

Touring the country is highly recommended but, depending on your interests, different destinations certainly stand out.

Hoping for heritage?

From beautiful temples to engaging museums, Laos certainly boasts a lot of heritage. Among the top destinations for those keen to discover this is Luang Probang, where it's possible to explore wats and Indochinese villas, and sample the local cuisine in the charming old town. This is also a destination where you will find boutique hotels perfect for an out-of-the-ordinary stay.

Home to the Vieng Xai Caves, Vieng Xai is another compelling destination for those on the hunt for heritage. This is where thousands of people fled to in order to escape the bombing of the Vietnam War.

Looking for adventure?

Little-explored and blessed with underground river caves, forests, karst formations and waterways, Laos is ripe for adventure. Those seeking an adrenaline rush should particularly look to visit Vang Vieng, which has a fantastic reputation for limestone karst climbing, not to mention plenty of other outdoor activities.

Luang Probang Province is perfect for those who like the sound of getting active at a slightly slower pace, as it's ideal to explore with a spot of cycling, and there are some excellent opportunities for kayaking.

Aching to unwind?

Laid-back Laos couldn't be more perfect for relaxation. The sublime landscapes and languid pace of life combine to make the most relaxing nationwide ambience you're ever likely to come across. That said, if you're hoping for the most soothing experience, there are some places that particularly stand out, such as the Four Thousand Islands - an idyllic archipelago that can only be visited during the dry months.

Again, Luang Prabang once again has something to offer - this time providing tempting cuisine, river cruises and charming mountain scenery to weary travellers looking for a rejuvenating experience.

Seeking spectacular scenery?

Laos is laced with beautiful landscapes, meaning that wherever you decide to go, you're bound to encounter some. Indeed, the charm of the local landscape never lies far from the cities, so it's always quick to swap the urban landscape for a natural one. Among the finest spots for natural beauty are the Four Thousand Islands and Van Vieng. In fact, the latter is widely considered one of the prettiest spots in Laos, perched as it is over the Nam Song with a tranquil backdrop of cliffs and paddies - an accolade that's no small feat in a country awash with incredible landscapes.

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Places of interest in Laos

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

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