Laos Trips

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Laos Country Info

The mighty Mekong river that cuts through green valleys, forest-clad hills, majestic mountains, glittering temples, unrivalled wilderness and swaying coconut palms: landlocked Laos has it all. This communist country – that once was a kingdom – has only been open for tourism since the 1990s. Although more and more travellers discover this hidden gem, the masses still haven’t found this intriguing nation and major westernization and modern development has not yet started. In Laos,  time seems to have stopped ticking decades ago, giving it a truly old-fashioned charm.

For a rather small country, Laos is surprisingly diverse in terms of its people. From colourfully dressed hill tribes to thousands of monks living in monasteries and hard working farmers on the countryside, they all have one thing in common: the people of Laos are some of the friendliest, gentlest in Southeast Asia. They’re devoted Buddhists, are genuinely welcoming and they still live by many interesting traditions. The Lao might well be the most chilled-out people on earth, you can rarely catch anybody being in a hurry. Carpe Diems unique handcrafted journeys give you the opportunity to really get to know the people of Laos, by allowing you enough time to interact with them and learn about the culture and traditions of these kind-hearted men and women.

Untill 1949 Laos was a French colony, and especially the bigger cities are still scattered with reminders of that era. From proud colonial buildings to the familiar smell of freshly braked bread and coffee that mingles with exotic local aroma’s at the morning markets in the lazy capital of Vientiane. In this city you’ll also find some top-notch French cuisine that will make your mouth water just by the smell of it!
One of Laos’s most attractive towns is Luang Prabang – and not without reason. Watching hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently among centuries-old monasteries in this picturesque place is as romantic a scene as you’ll ever experience in Asia.

The Mekong River is the lifeline of the country, winding through a luscious landscape of true natural beauty. From mist-shrouded mountain peaks to jungle-clad valleys teeming with wildlife, Laos’s wilderness is one of a kind. Slow down from everyday life and come to visit places few Westeners venture with Carpe Diems unequalled journeys through this fascinating country. Take your time to meet the charming Lao people, taste the delicious local food (maybe even learn how to prepare it yourself at a cooking class) and experience a real taste of rural Southeast Asian life. You will be delighted!