Tuk Tuk, Laos
Selected Signature Experiences
Hop on Khiri’s stylish tuk-tuk in Luang Prabang.
A bicycle tour through natural wonders and colonial landmarks.
Gain insight into traditional Lao values by attending a popular animist ceremony.
See how the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party lived during the Indochina War.
Welcome to Laos!
When I first came to Asia as a high school exchange student at the age of 17, I spent a year in Northeast Thailand, also known as Isaan.
This was the first step toward my love for the region, and since then my thirst for exploring rural villages, dense forests, hidden beaches, steep mountains and urbans jungles has not come anywhere near to an end – nor has my hunger for spicy food and the accompanying local drinks and friendly people!
After studying and working in Thailand, Nepal, The Netherlands, India, and Myanmar – my new home became Laos.
This small mountainous country, rightly seen as a sleeping beauty, has always had a special place in my heart. During my first trip to Laos, I explored the roads from Vientiane over Vang Vieng to the UNESCO heritage town of Luang Prabang by motorbike – one of the most scenic roads I have ever been on.
Stopping for some snacks on the road side, having a chat with the locals over one or more Beer Lao and learning about the diverse mountain minorities (160 ethnic groups, speaking 82 distinct languages) has set my curiosity to see more.
However, not only experiencing the country in an alternative and fun way, I always believed that tourism can play a major role in developing a region in a sustainable way.
Laos has a wide range of soft adventure activities, from caving to zip lining and many more. However, lovers of luxurious hotels, and charming colonial flair will also have their senses satisfied. The stunning nature will be a lasting impression travellers will take back home – whether in more accessible or completely off the track destinations.
The people of Laos and myself would like to showcase the beauty and diversity of our country to your clients. Welcome to Lao PDR!
Meet the team
Our core team comprises 13 full-time staff spread across Khiri Travel Laos’ offices in Vientiane, Luang Prabang, and Pakse. The vast majority of our team members are Lao with one German in the mix. Other than Lao, our team members can speak English and German.
This Laos team is composed of many long-term staff members that have developed great relationships from close cooperation with other people throughout the country.
One of our favorite 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 his country in the first ASEAN Tourist Guide Contest. He is the number one guide chosen by historians and museum enthusiasts interested in heritage trips through Laos.
The trip was an absolute dream!! Our guides were all warm and wonderful people who bore and responded to our numerous questions creating an experience to enjoy ourselves and learn.
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.