Laos expeditions

Laos at a glance

Population: 6.6 million

Terrain: Pine forests, mountains, jungle and riverbanks (Mekong)

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Laos

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Laos.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Explore Muang Ngoi

3 days

Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the town of Muang Ngoi and stay in village huts for the chance to learn about the local way of life.

3 days


Building a primary school

2012 was the first year that we worked with Nong Sai Village and we sent over seven teams to help start constructing a primary school for the local children. The types of tasks that needed doing were mixing cement, bricklaying, plastering and assembling desks and chairs. This project will greatly enhance the lives of the local children for many years to come.

In-Country Agent

Tom Baul
A former Challenger himself, Tom's first experience of travel was in 2009 to Thailand and Laos with World Challenge. Since then, he split his time between backpacking and studying at University. On completing Uni he realised quickly that his desire was to make Southeast Asia his home. After extensively travelling around the region, from Sumatra to Shanghai, he settled in the town of Luang Prabang two years ago, where he works on development projects that benefit rural Lao communities. 


Languages spoken: Official language is Lao but French, English and various ethnic languages are spoken
Time zone: GMT +7
Interesting fact: 80 per cent of all Laotian work is in agriculture

Phou Khao Khuay trek

3 days

Away from the tourist trail, this trek gives you a fantastic opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore mountains and jungle. You get to cook meals on open fires and camp.

3 days

Community Engagement

Teams working in Laos have the opportunity to embed themselves in rural Lao communities and undertake genuine infrastructure improvement work. Projects in the past have included the construction of a primary school classroom, preparatory work to connect electricity to a secondary school, as well as teaching English.

Rest & Relaxation

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a stunning, laid-back jungle town on the banks of the Mekong. Enjoy the French colonial architecture in this UNESCO World Heritage site, which is the home of Son, our Laos In-Country Agent.

Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia

Laos can be combined with a trek in Thailand or Vietnam or with a project in Cambodia. Visit these pages for more information.



In 2015 we sent

11 teams

to 5 project sites in Laos, where they undertook school renovations and built a water tank large enough to supply a whole village with water throughout the dry season.

In the 14th century, Laos was part of the kingdom of Lan Xang. The kingdom also included large parts of present-day Thailand and Cambodia.


Supporting a community

Three World Challenge teams first visited Hadkhor Village in 2012. Over 400 people live here and they rely heavily on the natural resources in the surrounding forest areas. Teams helped build a secondary mountain water source route to their existing reservoir-containment unit and the work included digging trenches, installing water pipes and teaching local children basic English. 

Laos is the perfect combination of everything I love in South East Asia: friendly people, delicious food and lush jungles. Whether I’m off the beaten track, or in the heart of Luang Prabang, there is a sense of peace and happiness that’s hard to find anywhere else.
Meghan, our Laos Expedition Planning Manager

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expedition for your students

Pine forests, mountains, jungle and riverbanks (Mekong)