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Laos

Perhaps due to its status as the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia (it is encircled by Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Myanmar), Laos often gets less notice than its more famous neighbors. We view this low profile in another light: this beautiful Buddhist land is one of the continent’s best-kept secrets, although it is increasingly on the radar of savvy luxury and adventure travelers alike. Together with Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos made up the triumvirate colonies of French Indochina, and significant pockets of Old World charm remain.

Laos’s understated crown jewel is the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, whose fusion of Lao and European architecture UNESCO called a “key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.” Vientiane is the region’s most relaxed capital, while the Bolaven Plateau beckons with dramatic waterfalls and superb coffee plantations. For travelers willing to forgo five-star hotels to focus on remote rural encounters, the northern hill-tribe peoples in Luang Namtha and Muang Sing (Black Tai, Hmong, Lanten, Akha and many more) and the unspoiled “4,000 Islands” stretch of the lower Mekong, home to the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, are itinerary highlights. Champasak province, meanwhile, offers the impressive Khmer ruins of Wat Phu, architectural forebear of Angkor.  

Perhaps due to its status as the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia (it is encircled by Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Myanmar), Laos often gets less notice than its more famous neighbors. We view this low profile in another light: this beautiful Buddhist land is one of the continent’s best-kept secrets, although it is increasingly on the radar of savvy luxury and adventure travelers alike. Together with Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos made up the triumvirate colonies of French Indochina, and significant pockets of Old World charm remain.

Laos’s understated crown jewel is the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, whose fusion of Lao and European architecture UNESCO called a “key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.” Vientiane is the region’s most relaxed capital, while the Bolaven Plateau beckons with dramatic waterfalls and superb coffee plantations. For travelers willing to forgo five-star hotels to focus on remote rural encounters, the northern hill-tribe peoples in Luang Namtha and Muang Sing (Black Tai, Hmong, Lanten, Akha and many more) and the unspoiled “4,000 Islands” stretch of the lower Mekong, home to the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, are itinerary highlights. Champasak province, meanwhile, offers the impressive Khmer ruins of Wat Phu, architectural forebear of Angkor.  

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Kong Lor Cave by Motorcycle on Laos’s Thakhek Loop

Kong Lor Cave by Motorcycle on Laos’s Thakhek Loop

Author : John McMahon
Kong Lor Cave is of the top intrepid destinations in central Laos and highlight of the Thakhek Loop, a 500 to 600 kilometer route best experienced by motorcycle.
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Remote Lands Hot Winter Pick: Luang Prabang for the Rosewood

Remote Lands Hot Winter Pick: Luang Prabang for the Rosewood

Author : Travelogues
Luang Prabang is becoming a Southeast Asia travel staple, but the Rosewood Luang Prabang is the best reason to put this Laos gem on your winter travel list.
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The Bill Bensley Trail: Rosewood Luang Prabang

The Bill Bensley Trail: Rosewood Luang Prabang

Author : Tyler Roney
Travelogues from Remote Lands speaks with Bill Bensley about the Rosewood Luang Prabang, a game-changing luxury tented camp in the cultural heart of Laos.
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The Bill Bensley Trail: Remote Lands Launches Luxury Tour with Star Designer

The Bill Bensley Trail: Remote Lands Launches Luxury Tour with Star Designer

Author : Tyler Roney
Last week Remote Lands announced The Bill Bensley Trail, a luxury tour throughout Southeast Asia with star designer and architect Bill Bensley, taking place from February 16 to March 1, 2020.
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Ultra-luxe and Adventure in Laos with Remote Lands

Ultra-luxe and Adventure in Laos with Remote Lands

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Compared to places like Cambodia and Thailand, Laos is an untraveled backwater in Southeast Asia; check out a few of Remote Lands' signature journeys.
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Settha Palace: Vientiane’s Tried-and-True Indochina Hideaway for Luxury Travelers

Settha Palace: Vientiane’s Tried-and-True Indochina Hideaway for Luxury Travelers

Author : Laurel Tuohy
There is one properly luxurious hotel in Vientiane: Settha Palace. Laurel Tuohy sits down with general manager Hala Krimi to learn what makes this colonial haunt so charming.
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