One of Asia’s best-kept secrets, Laos captivates visitors with its beautiful landscapes, friendly people and relaxed ambience. Discover shimmering temples, cascading waterfalls and emerald-hued rice fields. It is often lesser travelled than some of its neighbours, making it a great destination for those wanting to get off the beaten path.

Luang Prabang is a charismatic town with an astonishing depth of tradition, still evident in everyday life, from the monks in their distinctive amber robes serenely collecting alms at dawn. To the beautiful Baci (or ‘calling of the soul’) ceremonies which are an integral part of Lao culture. Outside of Luang Prabang lies an astonishing diversity of geography and culture. Cruise along the mighty Mekong, or head north to encounter forested hills and remote tribes.  Travel south to discover jagged limestone mountains and serene islands. The nation’s capital Vientiane also has great transport links to other great cities in the region, meaning a diversion to Laos is a great addition to any itinerary.

Top Recommendations

  • Take a slow boat along the Mekong from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw
  • Rafting, caving and climbing around the dramatic karst outcrops of Vang Xai and VangVieng
  • Trek to tribal villages in the Nam Ha National Park
  • Irrawaddy dolphins splashing around the 4000 river islands of Si Phan Don

When to Visit

Laos has two main seasons, with the dry season running from November to April and the wet season from May to October (with the heaviest rainfall between August and September, especially in the south). Dry season generally is the most popular time to travel, however, Laos is at its most beautiful during and just after the rainy season. When the countryside is verdant, and the rivers and waterfalls are at their fullest.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Luang Prabang.