Laos (Land of a Million Elephants)
Private Laos tours are utterly rejuvenating!
This landlocked Land of a Million Elephants is home to a uniquely sophisticated combination of local and French colonial charm that invites romance and relaxation in equal measure.
Laos tours whisk you away on a magical journey to a pristine environment, beautiful mountains and river valleys, where visitors can unwind into nature’s serene rhythms.
Meanwhile, the cities offer golden wats, charming cafés and chic boutiques accented by the saffron blur of young monks collecting alms.
The people of Laos can trace back their roots for almost 50,000 years. In 2009, a human skull believed to date back at least 46,000 years, was discovered in the northern Laos!
Around 8th century AD, the Lao people moved southwards from China and in the 13th century, seized control of Muang Sua – modern-day Luang Prabang.
Between the 14th and the 18th centuries, Laos acquired the title of Land of a Million Elephants. The name was given in deference to the powerful animals that defended the kingdom and, as you will find during your Laos tours, persists even today! Despite many invasions over the next 350 years, the kingdom prospered, but this was not to last.
In the 19th century, Laos was divided into three parts and large scale deportations into Siam, slave raids and rebellions, greatly weakened the country. The French ruled Laos between 1893 and the 1950s, and after independence, Civil War ensued.
Eventually, in the 1990s, the country began to introduce social and economic reforms, and diplomatic relations improved. Today Laos tourism brings much revenue into this developing nation.