Visiting Laos is like stepping into a landscape created for a fairy-tale where mythical pink dolphins herd fish into the nets for poor fishermen only to fade into the misty shower of a cascading bank of water that folds itself into a dark pool beneath a jungle canopy.
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We began planning our holiday vacation for two couples to Vietnam and Laos with Exotic Voyages back in June. As frequent international travelers, we've worked with a variety of tour companies over the years. We found Exotic Voyages and their travel planners to be super responsive, clear and concise ...
We began planning our holiday vacation for two couples to Vietnam and Laos with Exotic Voyages back in June. As frequent international travelers, we've worked with a variety of tour companies over the years. We found Exotic Voyages and their travel planners to be super responsive, clear and concise in correspondences, and flexible in planning the best activities given our time frames. We included a couple of days in Hanoi, two nights in Ha Long Bay, two in Sapa and three days in Luang Prabang. A few observations for those planning travel in similar cities/areas: 1. Laos and Luang Prabang was our favorite part of the trip. We had possibly our favorite guide of all-time, Latta Latda, who showed us so many great gems of her city and region. If you're considering Laos, DEFINITELY add it to your itinerary. It is a much-needed relief to the hustle/bustle/honking/smells of Hanoi! Also, I think it's probably the massage capital of SE Asia, with plentiful and excellent $6 massages (we got lots of these!). Also, great restaurants, amazing night market, great day activities, quality lodging and friendly locals. We're already planning our trip back to Laos! 2. Ha Long Bay is stunning and a must-see for northern Vietnam. We did the Paradise Luxury cruise, which we'd highly recommend. It's apparently the nicest boat with fewer than 20 cabins, so you get to know your fellow travelers as much or as little as you like. While a gorgeous area, be warned that this is a very busy place with lots of other cruise boats floating nearby. Also, there was more trash in the water than we expected. Hopefully Vietnam and UNESCO will work on this in the future and consider limiting the number of visitors or expanding the area a bit. 3. Sapa is another must-visit when in that part of the country. The terraced fields are breathtaking and there are lots of small villages to visit throughout the valley. We did a 10 mile hike through these villages where we got to see things close-up (and get some much-needed exercise!). The town is pretty touristy and busy and many of the roads are under major construction, so things can be muddy/dusty. The lodging was great. We stayed at Aira, which is walkable to everything downtown, yet far enough away from all the noise. Highly recommend. 4. We took the luxury night train to/from Sapa/Hanoi. It's small, but comfortable, but there's lots of shaking/banging, so bring some pills to help you get to sleep. 5. I'd say Hanoi was probably our least favorite part of the trip, but only because we're into more quiet/relaxed experiences. Hanoi - much like Saigon - is a frantic city of scooters and honking. We visited the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Mihn and hit a couple of museums, but beyond that, there weren't many things to do. Lots of little shops, interesting food and people-watching though. If planning a trip, I'd say 2 nights there is more than enough unless you're into big crowds and noise. Overall, this was definitely one of our favorite trips and Exotic Voyages made everything super easy. If you're planning a trip to SE Asia, I'd definitely recommend using them! Visited Januaray 2019 This review was originally posted on TripAdvisorREAD MORE
The trip was so much more than we ever expected; definitely a trip of a lifetime. We do hope to revisit some of the places. We especially liked Luang Prabang and Hoi An. Our guides, Pong and Tommy (Luan) were the best! We were also very pleased with our accommodations. The?Victoria Hotels were very ...
The trip was so much more than we ever expected; definitely a trip of a lifetime. We do hope to revisit some of the places. We especially liked Luang Prabang and Hoi An. Our guides, Pong and Tommy (Luan) were the best! We were also very pleased with our accommodations. The?Victoria Hotels were very nice and we also enjoyed the special service we received at the Kiridara in Lao. We would highly recommend them. Special thanks to you for your flexibility in meeting our travel requests, and for working with the credit card company on the double billing. It was great getting to meet you in Hanoi. We will certainly recommend Exotic Voyages to our friends.READ MORE
We arrived safely back in the UK yesterday morning after a really good trip so thank you for all your help in planning it. Everything went well with being met at the airports (the only problem being that the flight was delayed by 3 hours but nobody can do anything about that). Apart from that ...
We arrived safely back in the UK yesterday morning after a really good trip so thank you for all your help in planning it. Everything went well with being met at the airports (the only problem being that the flight was delayed by 3 hours but nobody can do anything about that). Apart from that however, we enjoyed everything else. We loved our time in Laos, cruising down the Mekong on our own boat (which was a lovely surprise) was a real treat and everyone looked after us very well. The Lodge in Pakbeng was perfect and we were well taken care of and finally Luang Prabang was a delightful place to finish our tour in Laos. So all in all, it was a most memorable trip and thank you once again for helping me plan everything. I won't hesitate in recommending you company to friends here. Kind regards AnneREAD MORE
The best areas to shop are in Vientiane and Luang Prabang if you prefer shops that are easy to locate; but for the more adventurous, the little shops along the roadways in small villages is the perfect option that you would otherwise bypass. Apart from that weaving districts, coffee plantations and rice farms harbor some of the most exquisite products found anywhere.
If you lack time to venture out to local villages when you’re in Pakse, you can check out the shop called Dream Weavers which is set up to sell on consignment only Lao handmade products made by villagers rather than manufacturers.
With the influx of foreigners spending holidays in Laos, the standard for accommodation is certainly getting better. In popular destinations like Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane or Pakse, you can expect true luxurious 5 - star property, with modern amenities and excellent services, many of which take advantage of existing colonial architecture, giving guests a distinctive experience. For example, Satri House was originally built as a residence for the royal family and now an amazing 5-star hotel.
As tourism grows bigger and bigger in Laos, more international brands are pouring in making the travel scene here a lot more exciting.
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