Places in Laos
Colour is the first of Luang Prabang’s virtues to greet travellers. Pearly frangipanis with their heady perfume, banks of overgrown trees peppered with scarlet flowers, the burnt sienna robes of hundreds of monks and their novices, and resplendent gold and claret wats. The scent of fresh coffee, river activity, produce markets and spicy food soon follows.
Vientiane & Around
From its sleepy tuk-tuk drivers to its cafe society and affordable spas, this former French trading post is languid to say the least. Eminently walkable, the historic old quarter of Vientiane beguiles with tree-lined boulevards crowded with frangipani and tamarind, glittering temples, wandering Buddhist monks and lunging naga (dragon) statues.
Whether it's trekking, cycling, kayaking, ziplining, riding an elephant or a family homestay, a visit to northern Laos is for many the highlight of their trip. Dotted about are unfettered, dense forests still home to tigers, gibbons and a cornucopia of animals, with a well-established ecotourism infrastructure to take you into their very heart.
Around Luang Prabang
Adrenaline activities abound around Luang Prabang, including trekking, cycling, kayaking, rafting and elephant riding. Many tour operators in Luang Prabang can arrange activities in this area. For those with limited time in Luang Prabang, agents vie to sell one day 'tours' combining the Pak Ou Caves and Tat Kuang Si (prices from 120,000K).
Tours and activities
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