Temples, jungles and elephants

People smile when asked about their travels in Laos, it has that effect. An idyllic and mellow country of forest canopies, jungle waterfalls and ornate temples, it’s easy to tap into its gentle rhythms. Experience the remarkable 'Tak Bat' at dawn in the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, as hundreds of saffron-robed monks edge through the streets collecting alms; and then set sail up the snaking Mekong River to visit the sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. Whether you’re bathing in the blue-green pools of the magical Kuang Si waterfall or browsing a local night market, you’ll discover a country blessed with unspoiled beauty and an infectious Zen-like calm.