Asian Trails - Laos
Asian Trails is a destination management company and has established a network which covers all major Asian tourist destinations, with offices in all strategic inbound tourism centres throughout South East Asia. As the handling agent for major international tour operators such as the Kuoni Travel Group, Asian Trails provides quality destination services to multi-lingual clients at competitive rates.
In September 2006, Kuoni Travel Ltd. became a majority shareholder of the company. Asian Trails’ existing management structure was integrated into the Kuoni Destination Management structure. Australian Tours Management was acquired in November 2008 and reports to Asian Trails.
Asian Trails offers a varied product line covering hotels, coach tours, private tours, car rentals, airport transfers, soft adventure tours, cruises, Harley Davidson motorcycle tours, home-stay, biking tours, self-drive package tours and lifestyle packages as well as cooking classes, spa holiday, golfing, private villas, private jets, incentives and luxury train journeys.
Laos offers you the charm and the originality you are looking for in Southeast Asia. There are no mega cities or massive hotels in front of big beaches, but beautiful landscapes and a serenity which is difficult to find these days.
Explore the many beautiful temples, eat delicious Lao or French food and stay in one of Laos many excellent resorts. See the royal capital of Luang Prabang with its magical atmosphere. Or fancy some nice trekking in the mountains, while passing by many different ethnic minorities which are not on any tourist route? If this is not enough, you can also travel on the traditional waterways or see some of the astonishing waterfalls in the South of the country. However, the best of this country are its people – deeply influenced by Buddhism they always have a smile for you on their lips.
Laos is really a unique place in Asia where there is much to discover without having the felling to have to share it with the masses.
■ Luang Prabang: This charming city breathes a rich meld of French Indochinese architecture, Theravada Buddhist temples and a magical atmosphere. A must see when visiting Laos!
■ Traveling on the Mekong or Ou River: it’s just a way of life here. And it’s so much nicer than sitting in the bus.
■ The 4000 islands area: the bordering area between Laos and Cambodia is unique with its countless islands on which people live like centuries ago and where no place else seems to be more relaxed. Watch the fishermen or the rare Irrawaddy dolphins or travel to the biggest waterfall in Southeast Asia.
■ Plain of Jars: this remote area in the northeast of the country is unique in the world and everyone wonders where do these huge jars come from?
■ Wat Phou – the biggest Khmer temple in Laos, is a beautiful place to visit. Do not forget to climb up all the stairs for a great view.
■ A baci ceremony:
This calling of the spirits, is one of the most traditional and touching rituals in Laos. A way of wishing a good journey for Laotians.
■ A cooking class:
Either in Luang Prabang or Vientiane. Go to the market in the early morning, get to know the ingredients of the Lao cuisine and then learn how to create a delicious meal!
■ Alms giving:
Wake up early and give alms to the Buddhist monks while they walk through the streets of Luang Prabang. We show you how to do it the Lao way.
■ Elephant trekking:
Laos is known as the country of the million elephants and it is not difficult to travel on the back of one. These mighty animals will take you through the forests and rivers of Laos.
Laos is a perfect place for all levels of trekking. Our advice: pass through some of the many ethnic minority villages and learn about their way of living!
In Laos, it’s the people, the culture and the experiences that go beyond all expectations. Laos is still unspoilt – a relatively undiscovered country packed with beautiful scenery, relaxed and friendly people, great food and stunning sights. It has a long and fascinating history of royalty, occupation and struggle for independence, awe inspiring ‘vats’ (temples) and a unique mix of French colonial and traditional architecture.
Officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in SE Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west. Its thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains, with some plains and plateaus. The Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand. The climate is tropical and monsoon.
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