As Laos celebrates 20 years of UNESCO World Heritage Listing status for Luang Prabang on 9 December 2015, Asian travel experts Insider Journeys has predicted Laos will be one of the strong destinations in 2016.
The inclusion of the spiritual nation comes as Insider Journeys reports a boom in interest to Southern Laos, with many of its new Secrets of Southern Laos journeys selling out.
Managing Director of Insider Journeys Paul Hole attributes the interest to travellers looking to explore more deeply into Indochina.
“As the least visited destination in Indochina, there certainly seems to be a rush to see this very unspoilt part of Asia now before it changes too much,” says Hole.
“Our ability to capture the nature of this very picturesque country and to highlight its essence has made the Secrets of Southern Laos journey very popular, particularly amongst past Insider Journeys’ passengers returning for a more in-depth Asian experience.
According to Lao-based country manager, Antony Giblin, Insider Journeys is pioneering touring in this part of Asia, and with offices and staff based in Laos, the company is well placed to highlight its best experiences.
“There’s an overall ‘feeling’ about Laos – the people, the scenery, the gentle pace – that makes it a trip back in time. It’s a destination that travellers love and remember once they’ve visited but it’s hard to explain exactly why.”
Starting from $1,630 pp twin share, the 7 day Secrets of Southern Laos small group journey incorporates highlights of Southern Laos, including the Bolaven Plateau, 4,000 Islands expanse of the Mekong, Irrawaddy dolphin spotting, UNESCO listed Wat Phou temple ruins in Champasak, Done Daeng Island and atmospheric lodge accommodation in picturesque natural settings.