Laos is an attractive destination for travelers whose seeking a less hurried pace of travel, a traditional way of life, and a haven for eco-tours. The rich historical country encompassed the Lan Xang Kingdom in the 14th century to become a French protectorate, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang with a beautiful medley of rich cultural history and outdoor adventure with its nearby Waterfalls and Mountains, and the unique capital city of Vientiane, which still maintains a vintage beauty with its French colonial architecture and special Ethnic minorities.  All the above makes Laos an ideal destination for your Southeast Asia trip.

DH TRAVEL, with OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE throughout LAOS & SOUTHEAST ASIA travel, provides the best travel guides as well as exceptional customized private guided tours, centrally located hotels, and a variety of activities to enhance your experience in Laos & Southeast Asia. Please contact us at any time for expert planning advice and unrivaled support for your memorial trip.

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▸  Easy Travel to Laos

▸  The Best Time to Visit Laos

▸  Travel Visa for Laos

▸  Top 10 Best Things to Do in Laos

▸  Covid-19 Travel Updates

▸  Public Holidays in Laos

▸  Top Destinations in Laos

▸  Best Laos Tours

▸  Best Southeast Asia Tours

▸  Tourist Attractions in Laos

Easy Travel to Laos

Capital City of Laos:                                                        •   Vientiane

Currency:                                                                       •   Kip

International Dial Code:                                                   •   + 856

Laos’ two busiest international airports:                      •   Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang

                                                                                      •   Wattay International Airport in Vientiane.

These flights times are to/from Luang Prabang:             •   1hr flight to Vientiane, Laos (domestic flight)

                                                                                      •   1hr 05min flight to Hanoi, Vietnam

                                                                                      •   1h45min flight to Bangkok, Thailand

                                                                                      •   2hrs 15min flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The Best Time to Visit Laos

•  The Best Time to visit Laos is in the dry season from October to late April when the weather is warm and dry throughout the country. Temperature ranges from 10 degrees to 32 degrees.

•   River travel is best between November & January when the Mekong River has high enough water levels for easy passage along Laos’ waterway.

•  The wet (rainy) season lasts from May to late September. Temperature ranges from 22 degrees to 35 degrees.

Laos weather

Laos weather

Public Holidays in Laos

 •    January 1st                                                   International New Year

 •    January 20th                                                 Armed Forces Day

 •    March 8th                                                     International Women’s Day

 •    April 14-16th                                                 Lao New Year

 •    May 1st                                                         Labor Day

 •    December 2nd                                               Lao National Day

Travel Visa for Laos

To begin, a passport valid for at least 6 months is required and you should have at least one blank visa page.

Laos Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Cambodia without a visa up to:

•  30 Days for Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore: 

•  14 Days for Brunei and Myanmar

•  15 Days for Japan, South Korea, Russia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland)

Laos Visa On Arrival

Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival in Laos or E-Visa before arrival to Laos, valid 30-day, including    •   EU citizens 

                                                                                                                                                                •    Australians

                                                                                                                                                                •    North Americans

Visa on arrival in Laos is available at all ports of entry in this country, including international airports and major cities.

Visa on arrival is also available at all border checkpoints in Laos:   •  Thailand – Laos

                                                                                                •   Cambodia – Laos

                                                                                                •   Vietnam – Laos

                                                                                                •   China – Laos border

Fee For Visa On Arrival Fee:   •    China: US $20

                                           •    Australia and other countries: US $30

                                           •    USA and UK: US $35

                                           •    Canada: US $42

                                           •    India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka: US $40

You should bring two passport-size photos with you if you want to apply for a visa on arrival.

Travelers from Africa and the Middle East must apply for Visas in advance.

Click here to apply online for your tourist E-visa to Laos, valid for a maximum of 60 days after receiving the Approval Letter

Laos Visa Extension

•   Traveler can extend visa up to an additional 60 days for about US $1 for each day through the Department of Immigration in Vientiane.

•   However, if you extend after the visa expiry date, you will be fined TheUS $10 for the days you overstayed.

Note: On weekends or Laos public holidays as well as before 8 am and after 4 pm on weekdays, an additional US $1 is charged from the overtime fee.

COVID-19 – Travel Updates 

Covid-19 travel updates may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow:

Passport and Visa to Laos

Top 10 Best Things to Do in Laos

1. Do Not MISS to EXPERIENCE & TALK with the CHILDREN in the Tribal Village in Laos

Children in Laos' Tribal Villages

Children in Laos’ Tribal Villages

2. Must EXPLORE The Mekong Smile Boat – VERY RELAXING & AMAZING!

Amazing cruise routes along the Mekong River.

Amazing cruise routes along the Mekong River


Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge Resort in Laos

Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge Resort in Laos

4. Enjoying the TEXTILES in LAOS – PAKBENG Market

The Textiles in Laos - Pakbeng Market

The Textiles in Laos – Pakbeng Market

5. Pak Ou Caves is a TREAT, home to 4000 BUDDHAS in a CAVE!

Pak Ou Caves in Laos

Pak Ou Caves in Laos

6. BEST Adventure – The Elephant VILLAGE CAMP in Luang Prabang –  FEEDING them & Getting on Elephants in the MEKONG!

The Elephant Village Camp in Luang Prabang, Laos

The Elephant Village Camp in Luang Prabang, Laos

7. WALKING through the Luang Prabang STREET MARKET that Start Right after the Morning ALMS Ceremony!

Walking through the Luang Prabang Street Market that Start Right after the Morning ALMS Ceremony!

The Morning ALMS Ceremony in Laos

8. Visiting a SHOP where a MASTER WEAVER creates the Most UNIQUE & Beautiful Products

A Master Weaver is creating the Most Unique and Beautiful Products in Laos

A Master Weaver is creating the Most Unique and Beautiful Products in Laos

9. Enjoying the BAN CHAN Pottery Village & KHMU Village

The Ban Chan Pottery Village, Laos

The Ban Chan Pottery Village in Luang Prabang, Laos

10. STAYING at a HOTEL in Luang Prabang, EATING Along the River ACROSS the Street

Staying at a hotel in Luang Prabang, Eating Along the River Across the Street

Staying at a hotel in Luang Prabang, Eating Along the River Across the Street

Top Destinations in Laos 

Laos Destinations

Top Destinations in Laos

.   Luang Prabang – With The Old Quarter, UNESCO World  Heritage Site & picturesque landscapes of palm-lined riverbanks, ornate golden temples, and ancient monuments.

. Vientiane
Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Laos, is located in the northeast of the Mekong River and serves as the country’s central river port located in a country that heavily relies on its rivers for transportation and its surrounding hinterland of intensive rice cultivation.

.   Pakse  – Wat Phu, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the fifth century, as well as the spectacular Bolaven Plateau, a lush, cool region famous for home-grown coffee and spectacular waterfalls!

. Don Khong
 – Dong Khong is a natural beauty island with 4,000 small islands and 19 villages, many of which depend on fishing for a living. The main market, which is organized in the early market to offer a wide variety of fresh Mekong fish, is extremely beautiful.

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