Laos

Ancient & Diverse

Nestled between the tourism hot spots of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, this tiny landlocked nation boasts a surprising number of attractions of its own while the Laotian people are possibly the warmest and most welcoming in all of Asia. Discover the heritage site of Luang Prabang, explore the limestone formations of Vang Vieng and gaze upon the waterfalls of Bolaven; Laos is a beguiling and welcoming destination.

Laos

Ancient & Diverse

Welcome to Laos. Please explore the respective categories in the menu to the left. Should you require further information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

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curated hotels

French colonialism has left a distinct mark on the hospitality landscape in Laos.
As a result most accommodation offers a distinct European flavor, mixed with a generous dollop of Laotian design and architecture. While Luang Prabang is undoubtedly the luxury capital of Laos, one can also delight in the discovery of charming hotels in more unusual regions like Champassak and Vang Vieng.

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Health & Relaxation

The Lao traditional massage releases tension in the muscles of your body, by a combination of pressure applied to the limbs, back and head, in a soothing manner. This Lao-specific treatment uses well-tested tested techniques that have been developed over centuries.

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Health & Relaxation

A little rest goes a long way. You spend enough time dealing with the stresses of life. Come away with us and rebalance, relax and feel reborn. Below is a list of – by no means exhaustive – health and relaxation related recommendations. Download our itineraries from the SAMPLE page for more inspiration or drop us a message!

The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it. 
The Mekong Spa at La Résidence Phou Vao
Amantaka’s Aman Spa
Yoga at Mandala Ou
Champao Lao Spa at Green Park Hotel
Papaya Spa
Villa Maly Spa
The Spa at Muang La Resort
The Spa Garden

Immerse

Cultural Experiences

Visitors often arrive in Laos with low expectations of a small and relatively unknown land, only to leave entranced by its sheer beauty, hospitality and abundance of activities. Cave exploring, rafting, cycling and hikes delight the active visitor while the ancient temples, hill tribes and colonial heritage monuments fulfill the avid culture seeker.

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Cultural Experiences

<em>What inspires aspiring travelers? What is their dream image of Laos? Our team and our local guides compiled a short list of some of the most memorable and original activities we could think of. To inspire. To dream. Need more suggestions? Please download our sample itineraries from the SAMPLE page or <a href=”https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=zPjKHiI1Z9DK62%2A3Or2Qdg” target=”_blank”>contact us.</a></em>

Kuang Si Flora & Fauna
COPE
Buddhist Vientiane
Rafting the Mekong
Cave Canoeing
Coffee Country
Agro Laos
Hilltribes of Laos

Savor

Local Cuisine

Typical Lao cuisine thrives on the crossroads between quintessentially Asian staples like sticky rice, and colonial era treats like baguettes. More savory than sweet, Lao dishes usually include fresh vegetables, ground meat and some soup. While not always easy on the Western palate visitors are often delighted with the humble and fragrant fare cooked up by cheerful local chefs

Savor

Local Cuisine

Yin & Yang. Horse & Carriage. Laurel & Hardy. Travel & Food. You shouldn’t accept the former without the latter. It is said that ‘love goes trough the stomach’ and we certainly want you to love our trips. So here’s some useful information about Laotian cuisine, may it tempt you to download our sample itineraries or get in touch.

Khao Piak Sen
What’s in it: Wheat Fried Pork, Carrots, Soy Sauce, Green Onion, Chili peppers, sweet syrup. Why we love it: For a taste of Northern China, and for Chinese food that needs no translation to the Western palate, a hearty plate of fried Guo Bao Rou is always pleasing for guests of China. This sweet and sticky meal, will remind westerners of the Chinese food back home, along with providing a delicious meal and contrast of textures between the flow of the sweet syrup and the crunchy tension of the fried pork.
Laab Moo
What’s in it:Pork, shallots, coriander, chilies, mint leaves, fish sauce, and kefir limejuice. Why we love it:For those who love their salads sans vegetables, this wonderful dish offers diners the chance to sample expertly stir-fried pork that again allows the ingredients to be tasted, but accented with the unique seasonings of South East Asia. A great mix of savory and sweet that elevates humble ingredients to a higher calling.
Tam Mak Hoong
What’s in it:Green Papaya salad with palm sugar, lime, fish sauce, peanuts, chilies. Why we love it:For a salad that will make your eyes water and tongue burn, but keep you coming back for more, we highly recommend Green Papaya Salad. This variant is a bit simpler than that Thai version, which allows you to explore the tartness of the papaya with the heat of the seasonings. A deliciously and dangerously addictive delicacy.
Khao Jee Baguette
What’s in it:lettuce, sliced tomatoes, carrot, onion and optional cheese, moo yor (pork lunchmeat), chopped ham and topped with pâté or chili sauce. Why we love it:A gentle reminder of the influence both the French and neighbourhood countries have on Laos, this sandwich is the Lao version of the Vietnamese Banh Mi. As is common in Laos, the flavours are a bit milder here, with a stronger focus on allowing the main protein to be cleanly tasted rather than muddled with multiple flavours.
Yall Dib
What’s in it:Fresh Greens, vermicelli noodles, herbs, fresh prawns, peanut dipping sauce, rice paper.Why we love it:These spring rolls are the perfect homage to their cousins in Vietnam. With the Laos propensity to include herbs that are a bit mellower on the palette, allowing you to taste the protein (typically fresh prawns, fish or pork) as well as the spicy peanut dipping sauce. A great way for you to experience all of Indochina while you are in Laos.
Sai Oua Sausage
What’s in it:Kaffir Lime, Chilies, Galangal, Lemongrass, minced pork. Why we love it:A delicious snack found by the Roadside, Laos Sausage is a must try for those venturing to the smaller and less westernized portions of the country. Simply prepared and served with dry chili dip (Nam Cheo) and sticky rice, it is the perfect meal to bring along for a long hike, trek, or at a roadside stand with a beer Lao next to you to cut through the heat.
Khao Poon
What’s in itRice vermicelli, shallots, spring onion, coriander, mint leaves, string beans, fish sauce, fish Why we love it:Though it can be made with any protein, we love this dish with a nice river fish, which llowing the complex and fragrant broth to sop up into each and every bite. This is another classic example of Laos’s cuisine, or doing more with less.
A small sample of our preferred dining venues in Laos… 
The Elephant Restaurant (Luang Prabang)
An elegant French brassiere situated on a corner in the most picturesque part of the old city. Your backdrop here will be the ancient temple of the Buddhists, and the Mekong babbling behind you. The Elephant Restaurant is one of the few restaurants in Laos where reservations are required and you will understand why as you dine on the outstanding French Fare served here.
The Apsara (Luang Prabang)
The Apsara is one of the best venues in Luang Prabang for atmosphere dining, as it is located far from the main tourist drags and directly overlooks the mighty Mekong. As many of the staff are locals that are happy to explain what you're eating and how to eat it, as well as telling you a bit more about themselves and how they ended up in Luang Prabang.
Bolaven Cafe (Pakse)
For a taste of an emerging gourmet item in Laos, we recommend the Bolaven Café in Pakse. Here you will have a chance to sample some of the best in Laotian coffee, which is slowly taking the world by storm with its rich notes and complex but delicate flavour. If you would like you may also purchase coffee beans (fair-trade) from the shop as an aromatic memory of your time here.
L'Adresse de Tinay (Vientiane)
This slick and tiny French bistro is located a stones throw away from the Mekong and Thai Border in Vientiane, with the added ambiance of being located in a small alley, off the main drag, with a luxury hotel and a Buddhist temple as its neighbour. Here you will find some of the best French fare in all of Asia. In addition the wine-selection is unparalleled. The atmosphere is designed (and succeeds) in making you imagine you are in a modern and confident Paris.
Crabe d'Or (Vang Vieng)
Overlooking the Nam Song River and located in the Riverside Boutique Resort is the pinnacle of dining in Vang Vieng, both for its quiet atmosphere and for its expertly executed Laos Fare. Here you will be able to dine on a range of Laos delicacies all locally sourced (including coffee from the Bolivar Plateau) and composed by expert local hands. A must dine after a hard day of adventuring.
Belle Epoque (Luang Prabang)
As we will often see in Laos, oftentimes hotels offer the best dining and there is no better example of this than the La Belle Epoque at the Luang Say. Stunningly laid out in a 19th century reconstruction of a French colonial villa, The la Belle Époque evokes an image of Graham Greene and Hemingway as you dine on expertly prepared Laos and French dishes, using ingredients locally sourced from either Luang Prabang or the hotel’s private organic garden.

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We have compiled a carefully curated set of itineraries for you to download, free of charge! These exciting trip templates were designed to inspire and to give you a better sense of what a Mandarin Journeys trip can be.

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Laos offers a bewildering range of activities, sights and experiences. We want you to enjoy a holiday that caters to YOUR interests and ambitions and as such we offer, for your consideration, this set of downloadable itineraries, each with a different theme or route. We hope it will assist in the planning of your journey and we welcome your feedback or questions. Please check back frequently as we add more itineraries on a regular basis. Please enter your name and email to begin the download. All documents are guaranteed free of ads, viruses or other malicious software.
An adventure through the beauty of Laos, an exploration of the country, its most important cities and lush jungles will invite you to feel like Tarzan. See Itinerary
A Tour through the wonders of the North of Laos. An exploration of the romantic, verdant north of Laos from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw. See Itinerary

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What’s in it:lettuce, sliced tomatoes, carrot, onion and optional cheese, moo yor (pork lunchmeat), chopped ham and topped with pâté or chili sauce. Why we love it:A gentle reminder of the influence both the French and neighbourhood countries have on Laos, this sandwich is the Lao version of the Vietnamese Banh Mi. As is common in Laos, the flavours are a bit milder here, with a stronger focus on allowing the main protein to be cleanly tasted rather than muddled with multiple flavours.