Getting Back to Nature in Laos

The laid-back riverside town of Luang Prabang
The laid-back riverside town of Luang Prabang

Laos is sandwiched between Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. A landlocked country, it has avoided the mass tourism of Thailand and is still not nearly as popular as Vietnam or Cambodia. This is great news for clients who are looking to add some real adventure and authenticity to their Southeast Asian trip.

New for 2017/18, Goway’s fully-customizable 8-day itinerary from Northern Thailand to Laos via the Mekong (from CA $2086 / US $1531) combines the best of Laotian hospitality, craftsmanship, natural beauty and cultural heritage. Starting with a short stay in Chiang Rai (Northern Thailand), this trip crosses the 4th Friendship Bridge into Laos and continues into the rainforest of Nam Kan National Park.

After a steep hike, passengers will zip line to their accommodation for the night – a canopy-level treehouse! Meals are cooked by the local guides and the night is spent in the pristine wilderness. The next day, guests fly on a series of long zip lines through the forest. After a night at a traditional riverside guesthouse in the town of Huay Xai, passengers continue by day cruise down the Mekong to Pak Beng and stay in a gorgeous teakwood lodge with private traditional bungalows. The food is of the highest quality, prepared by expert Laotian chefs, and the remote location is breathtaking.

Following another day of cruising, passengers reach the French colonial town of Luang Prabang, often said to be one of the most laid back cities in Asia with its prevalent café culture. After two nights in Luang Prabang, the tour ends with a transfer to the airport (good connections from LPQ to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Chiang Mai).

 

Mekong Fisherman
A lone fisherman plys the Mekong waters in his sampan as sunset glows in the background

Another great way to add Laos to your clients’ Asia plans is by inserting a 6-day boutique cruise which starts and ends in Luang Prabang (from CA $1352 / US $992). This gets passengers off the beaten track but they have the pleasure of staying each night in the same bed. The first class boutique vessel features just 14 teakwood cabins, and the itinerary includes nights moored on remote sandbanks with special barbeques under the stars. Touring includes the treasures of Luang Prabang, the Pak Ou Buddha caves, Kuang Si waterwall, and visits to remote villages.

Next time your clients mention a trip to Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam, suggest adding Laos to make their itinerary just that much more special.

 

Join Tim Haig (Goway Asia product manager) for a quick webinar on why Laos is the perfect mix of luxury and adventure — June 8 2017 at 2pm Eastern.

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