From the northern wilds surrounding Luang Prabang and the towering karst cliffs of Vang Vieng to the historical richness of Vientiane, this overland journey through Laos is the ultimate introduction to this friendly, fascinating nation. You’ll be warmed by the genuine smiles of local villagers and hill tribe peoples, and lulled into deep relaxation on the banks of the Mekong. There’s more to this little-explored nation than meets the eye.
You’ll start your journey in tranquil Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the spiritual capital of Laos. Here, amidst glittering temples and forested mountains, you’ll visit the National Museum, cruise up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves and swim in the turquoise lagoons of Kuang Si Falls.
It’s hard not to marvel at the majesty of the karst formations as you drive along Route 13 to Vang Vieng, a riverside town that offers both rustic charm and rugged views. Then, explore what Laos looks like underground and see the famed reclining Buddha in the Golden Crab Caves. You’ll cap off your cross-country journey with a cultural exploration of Vientiane, quiet possibly the most laid-back capital in Asia. Here, French cuisine, charming colonial architecture and long walks by the Mekong await. You’ll be transferred to Wattay International Airport with lasting memories of this beautiful, culturally rich nation.