When compared with its neighbouring nations, Laos appears to have remained largely untouched by the hand of time, its rich culture and traditions upheld today as they have done for centuries. This mountainous country, heavily carpeted with pristine rainforest, still chiefly relies upon agriculture to drive its economy, and as such the pace of daily life beyond Laos' major towns and cities is both uncomplicated and unhurried.
Customers joining Great Rail Journeys for an escorted rail tour of Laos enjoy a truly authentic Asian experience and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail the waters of the legendary Mekong River. You can also meet the friendly Lao Lu and Hmong peoples in rural villages, plus many other cultural and historic attractions vie for attention here.
Along the way there is plentiful time in which to admire Laos' breath-taking natural beauty, from the mighty Mekong Delta to soaring rain forest-clad peaks and the dramatic limestone cliffs wherein the famous Pak Ou Caves lie, lined with images and effigies of Buddha. Further treasures wait in Vientiane, the compelling capital of Laos, where the grandest colonial architecture and exquisite temples stand beside simple wooden dwellings. In this compact, friendly city ancient meets modern and nowhere can visitors find a more enjoyable summation of everything that makes Laos such a wonderful destination.