Located in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of mainland Southeast Asia, Laos borders Cambodia to the southwest, Vietnam to the east, Thailand to the west, China and Myanmar to the north and northwest. This landlocked country holds tight to its Buddhist tradition, Laotians live each day gracefully and peacefully with a pleasant and laid-back attitude.
Travelers often refer to Laos as a long-lost destination in Southeast Asia, they find in this “forgotten” country laid-back life style, long-held traditions, lush forests, rice fields, sparkling Buddhist temples and French colonial traces. Classic luxury Laos tours include the capital Vientiane, UNESCO World Heritage Listed Town of Luang Prabang and a scenic cruise along the Mekong River that run through the country.
Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Laos, lies on the banks of the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. The city became the capital in 1563, and was the administrative capital during French rule and, is now the economic center of Laos. Vientiane is noted as the home of the most significant national monument in Laos - That Luang, which is a known symbol of Laos and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. Other significant Buddhist temples in Laos can be found there as well, such as Haw Phra Kaew, which formerly housed the Emerald Buddha.
Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Town located in northern Laos, is a prime tourist destination of the country. During 14th and 16th century, Luang Prabang was the royal and Buddhist capital of the wealthy Lane Xang Kingdom, which was also known as the Kingdom of a “Million Elephants”. This beautiful town blends tradition and contemporary culture while remaining the tranquil and charming, perhaps it is most famous for the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony which takes place daily on the streets of Luang Prabang as the sun rises. Luang Prabang is one of the most interesting and unforgettable towns in Southeast Asia, it is the highlight of our luxury Laos tours.
Every of our luxury Laos tours features private touring with our expert local guide, the best way to experience this Buddhist country. Our expert guides provide insight into history and culture during touring of Laos’ Buddhist wats (temples), French colonial architecture, silk weaving villages, local markets and more. Our private tours also include activities that highlight local culture and scenery such as baci (welcome) ceremony, cooking classes, cruises on the Mekong, visits to elephant sanctuaries, hiking in the lush hillsides, kayaking and boating, and biking through the verdant countryside.
The Incense Travel Style of Travel:
- Tailor-made itineraries according to your interests and schedule.
- Private touring with your personal guides and drivers.
- Preferred rooms in the nicest hotels.
- First-hand and insider recommendations from our travel experts.
- Around-the-clock support during your trip.
- Insider travel experiences and sophisticated knowledge on our destinations.
- Upon request, VIP and fast-track airport assistance, meetings with artists and special-interest lecturers, tour with historians, dinner at a local family, private cooking class, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets and exclusive access to local activities.
Laos today is one of the most traditional and unique destinations in the region, it combines nicely with Vietnam and Cambodia. Contact Incense Travel to start customizing your luxury Laos tours with careful planning and expertise of our professionals.