Northern Laos is covered in village sized towns and cities, laden with glorious temples, surrounded by dense forests and jungle. The extensive National Parks are still home to wild tigers, gibbons and a selection of beguiling wildlife. Roads twist and turn around rugged mountain landscapes and follow raging rivers, creating a fascinating country to explore.
The alluring city of Luang Prabang is further north, situated in a stunning river valley setting surrounded by dramatic mountains. This UNESCO World Heritage city is an exquisite patchwork of European architecture, traditional Lao wooden houses and stately, golden roofed temples. Immaculately clean and maintained, it’s rated by many – with good reason – as South East Asia’s most charming city. And a charming way to reach it is from either Vientiane or the Thai border, taking a slow boat ride overnight on the Mekong River.
Throughout other regions of Northern Laos there are temples, ancient burial grounds, caves, deserted Mekong islets and tiny tribal villages, all waiting to be discovered.