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LAOS is not a place, it is a state of mind.
Tiziano Terzani

 

Nakarath Travel is a Destination Management Company (DMC) offering bespoke travel solutions in Laos. With a passion for, and a great knowledge of Laos, combined with expertise in travel organization, we ensure you experience the best the country has to offer.

About us

 

Quite simply, there is no other tour company like us in Laos.  Our whole team is both experienced and passionate about travel in Laos and it shows; in our unique tours and experience we offer.  We are committed to providing high quality services and reliability that you cannot find anywhere else in Laos.

Reliability

is a very important issue in Laos, and reliable operators are still hard to find.  At Nakarath you will be impressed with our fast AND accurate email responses, as well as a very well organized operations team to ensure everything runs smoothly, as it should.

Quality

is our number one priority.  Our attention to detail is second to none, we carefully select our guides who are the very best in the country, and we have an experienced team in the office who are both pro active and dedicated to ensuring you get the best service possible, and you or your clients bring back memories that will last a lifetime.

Uniqueness

No other tour company in Laos offers such a wide range of quality tours.  We literally know every corner of this amazing country.  The programmes and excursions we offer are deliberately designed to ensure you don't just get to see Laos, you get to experience Laos.

Bespoke

We are not just about selling rigid tour programmes.  Our specialty lies in listening to and understanding exactly what you want, and delivering tailor made solutions to give you or your clients the best tour possible.

Responsible

Being a locally owned company, putting back into the local community is an important part of our business and we try to incorporate various aspects of responsible tourism into all of the tours we do.  For more information, please go to our responsible tourism page.

 

Laos in Focus

 

Anyone who has a love of travel and a sense of adventure will adore Laos.   Laos still retains an air of romantic mystique, and most people immediately point to the enchanting town of Luang Prabang, which conjures up images of ornate temples, old colonial buildings and saffron robed monks.  

Look beyond this, and you will find a captivating and beautiful country filled with jaw dropping paddy fields and mountain scenery, cascading waterfalls and remote ethnic minority villages, all bonded together by the mighty Mekong River, the lifeblood of the country.

Traditional customs are still an important part of everyday Lao life, and it's refreshing to visit a country to experience this, whether the sight of monks collecting alms in the morning, or the hustle and bustle of locals shopping at the local market, or ordering their dinner from a roadside food stall.

The one lasting impression for most visitors is of the Lao people and their overwhelming friendliness. Come to Laos and you will be made to feel welcome by everyone.  Don't be surprised if you find yourself being invited into peoples homes, for meals, even for weddings, Lao people love to share and treat visitors to their country as honoured guests.

Having spoken to many happy clients over the years, we at Nakarath lose track of the number of times travellers tell us how amazing their time in Laos was, how they wished they could have stayed longer, and how, most definitely, one day, they will return.

 

  • Luang Prabang

    World Heritage Town


    Located in the north of the country, this former royal capital has been a designated world heritage site since 1995. Idyllically surrounded by beautiful green mountains and wrapped around the confluence of the Khan River and Mekong River, the town itself is picturesque and charming, with a wonderful mix of ancient ornate temples and French Indochinese architecture. Today Luang Prabang is still the cultural heart of Laos.

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    Luxury
    Family Tour
    Off The Beaten Path
    Cruise
    Responsible Tours
    Trekking
  • Vientiane

    Sleepy Capital


    The capital city of Vientiane is often peoples first glimpse of Laos, and it certainly creates a great first impression. The charming city, located on the banks of the Mekong, boasts some of Laos most important monuments. The city also has an amazing array of quality restaurants, with a diverse range of cuisines.

  • Best for :


    Luxury
    Family Tour
    Off The Beaten Path
    Cruise
    Responsible Tours
    Trekking
    • Far North

      Hidden Hilltribes


      For a true off the beaten track experience, it is well worth the long journey to Phongsaly, home to shy hill tribes and stunning mountain scenery. Our Phongsaly Loop programme enables you to experience this, as well as a spectacular cruise down the beautiful Nam Ou, one of the best river journeys in Asia.

    • Best for :


      Luxury
      Family Tour
      Off The Beaten Path
      Cruise
      Responsible Tours
      Trekking
    • The North East

      Tracing the History


      History, both ancient and modern, comes alive in this region, which includes the mysterious Plain of Jars, and also the underground cave city of Vieng Xai. This, not to mention the beautiful scenery, a unique night safari wildlife tour and a boat trip down the Nam Ou River, makes it a region well worth exploring in some detail.

    • Best for :


      Luxury
      Family Tour
      Off The Beaten Path
      Cruise
      Responsible Tours
      Trekking
    • The South

      Laid Back and Relaxed


      Much overlooked, southern Laos is actually our favourite part of the country. The region offers the beautiful hilltop ancient temple of Wat Phou. And for river lovers, nothing quite beats taking a boat through the tranquil 4000 Islands located within an inland delta of the Mekong River. Waterfalls are abundant in the region too, from the Niagara Falls of Southeast Asia, Khone Phapeng, to the picturesque Tad Fane, nestled in the highlands, amongst tea and coffee plantations.

    • Best for :


      Luxury
      Family Tour
      Off The Beaten Path
      Cruise
      Responsible Tours
      Trekking
    • Central

      undiscovered wonders


      Anyone who flies between Vientiane and Pakse is missing out on an amazing region of Laos. Central Laos includes spectacular sights such as the awe inspiring Kong Lor Cave, jaw dropping limestone karst scenery, and the sleepy Mekong Riverside town of Thakek, littered with faded but grand examples of French Indochinese architecture.

    • Best for :


      Luxury
      Family Tour
      Off The Beaten Path
      Cruise
      Responsible Tours
      Trekking

Signature Tours

Our tours, are just a taster of what we can offer you, but they demonstrate just how much there is to experience in Laos.

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Luang Prabang In Style 4 days

Learn about the hidden secrets of Luang Prabang during a walking tour with a renowned author, cruise on the Mekong aboard a luxury private boat, and enjoy a beautiful waterfall all to yourself!

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On the Trail of Elephants 10 days

This programme starts in Vientiane and takes you overland to Luang Prabang via Vang Vieng and Sayaboury regarded as the home of the Laos Elephant and the base of the highly regarded Elephant Conservation Centre.

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The Phongsaly Loop 12 days

A wonderful programme for keen trekkers, this 12 day itinerary takes you up into the remote province of Phongsaly, where you'll experience the 'Mouchi' hill tribe hospitality with a unique homestay.

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The Heritage Loop 14 days

Explore the mysterious Plain of Jars before heading to the undiscovered north east of Laos to the hidden underground 'city' at Vieng Xai. Next up is the award winning Night Safari in Nam Et National Park...

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Active Laos 14 days

An adventure focused 2 week programme which features zip lining through the jungle with Laos' famous Gibbon Experience. We'll also throw in some cycling, kayaking and safari tent camping into the mix.

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Southern Delights 8 days

The perfect programme for anyone wanting to explore laid back southern Laos in detail. Take a unique Jeep tour on the Bolevan Plateau, cruise through the 4000 Islands and marvel at the World Heritage Site at Wat Phou.

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Ho Chi Minh Trail Adventure 16 days

This off the beaten track adventure. Explore the stunning caves at Kong Lor and Xe Ban Fai and learn about the impressive history of the Ho Chi Minh trail by speaking to locals who were there during the Vietnam War.

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Mekong Explorer 12 days

Trace the Mekong from northern Laos all the way down to the far south of Laos, and do it in comfort aboard the Luang Say Cruise and the Vat Phou Cruise.

Responsible Travel

 

Nakarath takes Responsible Travel seriously, we believe that everything we do (as detailed below) should be standard practice for all tour operators in Laos. The advantages are two fold, as not only does it help to ensure the long term benefits of the local communities and the country as a whole, but it actually enhances the amazing experience of visiting Laos for our clients.

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    Economic Responsibility


    Many of the hotels we use are locally owned and channel their profits back into the local community or local environment. We encourage our clients to experience different foods and restaurants by themselves, and we feel this not only enhances their experience, but also the wealth is distributed more widely to the local people. We also encourage interactive and educational activities. One excellent example of this is an excursion we offer that involves teaching English to local children in a remote, rarely visited village just outside of Luang Prabang.

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    Environmental Responsibility


    Within our office, our staff work on paperless desks, keeping as much information as possible stored electronically, quite rare for tour company within a developing country, but this helps to cut down on unnecessary use of paper. When we organize tours outside the cities, we often involve the Ecotourism Laos initiative (see above) where careful consideration is given towards the environment  itself and minimizing damage. Our suggested tour programmes include the use of Eco Lodges with strong environmental policies.  A specific example of this us the Kingfisher Eco Lodge in Champasak Province, southern Laos.

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    Social Responsibility


    We train our guides to advise clients on the cultural aspects of the country so that we are always considerate to the local way of life and customs, covering things such as appropriate conduct in temples and village visits. It is our policy to always contribute something to everywhere we visit, especially the sometimes more sensitive issue of visiting small villages, which forms an integral part of many of our suggested programmes.  We make donations, such as clothes (especially appreciated in the winter months), and encourage donations of pens and books for schools.

CONTACT

No 157, Unit 16 Ban Saphung Mor Xaisettha District PO Box 5897 - Vientiane, Lao PDR - Tel: +856 (0)21 416957.
For any inquiries please contact us at : info@nakarath.com