Selected Signature Experiences
Get a glimpse into Lao life that guarantees hands-on fun for everyone.
Gain insight into traditional Lao values by attending a popular animist ceremony.
Spend a half or full day on the banks of the Mekong alongside a local weaver.
See how the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party lived during the Indochina War.
Welcome to Laos!
Still relatively undiscovered on the world radar, this beautiful country is perfect for those who have a passion for traveling off the beaten path. Laos has a myriad of distinguishing features that vary as you travel from the mountainous north, to the plateaus in the south.
In terms of adventure, I personally love flying through dense forests with the Gibbons in the far north, bathing with elephants in Luang Prabang, cruising 7kms under a mountain in Konglor, and kayaking with the dolphins on the Lao/Cambodian border.
If you’d like a relaxing stay, then I’d highly recommend spending two days peacefully cruising south from northern Thailand, and getting some rest and recuperation in a picturesque hotel in Luang Prabang. It’s a great place to get to know the kind hearted local people, and learn about the culture and religion. Spending an afternoon meditating with monks is also a very calming experience.
Just remember to bring some mosquito repellent, and get ready to take life at a much slower pace than normal!
Meet the team
Our core team is made of 13 full-time staff spread across Khiri’s offices in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and Pakse. The vast majority of our team members are Lao with one American and an American/Dutch in the mix. Languages other than Lao spoken by our team members include Thai, English, Dutch, French and Russian.
Our Laos team is comprised of many long-term staff who have developed great relationships with local suppliers, especially in and around Luang Prabang and Vientiane.
Ruben Derksen, our Laos team’s General Manager, grew up in Bhutan, Nepal, India, the United States, Zimbabwe, France and the Netherlands. He’s fluent in English, Dutch and French. Based in our Vientiane Head Office and having traveled through 36 countries to date, he continuously follows his passion for discovery. Ruben’s roots have a strong connection with responsible tourism. Drawing on his extensive travel experience, he’s eager to help put together people’s ideal holiday wishes.
Jason Rolan, our American Sales Manager, considers Laos his home after living and working here for over a decade. Tourism is a wonderful opportunity for learning and personal growth, Jason believes, and it can all be done in a way that benefits the people living in the places our travelers visit.
One of our favourite Lao guides, Mr Somphong Sakdy, is the author of a book on the murals of Wat Xieng Thong temple and is now working on his second book about the murals of Wat Mai (both temples are in Somphong’s hometown of Luang Prabang). In 2011, Somphong was nominated as one of only two guides from Laos to represent the country in the 1st ASEAN Tourist Guide Contest, and is sought out by historians and museum enthusiasts interested in heritage trips through Laos.
Khiri Lao had an excellent organisation, the transport and driver were accurate and very safe.
In 1353 a prince founded the Kingdom of Lan Xang—‘The Kingdom of a Million Elephants.’ The wild landscape of Laos still echoes the romance of the country’s original name. Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, with nearly three-quarters of its landmass covered in mountains and forested hills. National parks comprise 13% of the country, and Laos’ unofficial reputation is that of the being most laid back country in Southeast Asia.