Laos Travel FAQ

Please see our FAQ below to help plan your best trip to Laos & Southeast Asia.

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➡  What are the best things to do in Laos ?………………………………………..


➡  Where should I book my return flight from Laos ?……………………………….


➡  Do I need a Visa to travel to Laos & What is the Covid-19 policy there ?


▸  Any suggested activities for children in Laos? 


▸  What Foods Should I Try in Laos?


▸  What are my Options for Lodging in Laos? 


▸  What are Laos’ Major International Airports?


▸  What are The Best Months to Visit Laos?


▸  Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Laos?


▸  What are The Top Destinations in Laos?


▸  What are Souvenirs to Bring Back from Laos & Where Could I Find Them?


▸  Do Most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will There Be a Laundry Service Nearby?


▸  What Should I Wear when Visiting Buddhist Temples/ Pagodas in Laos?


▸  What are The Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Laos?


▸  What Should my Packing List include for a Trip to Laos?


▸  How Long Must my Passport be Valid for International Travel?


▸  What are The Physical Demands of The Tour in Laos?


▸  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling in Laos?


▸  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling Throughout Southeast Asia?


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What Are The Best Things to Do in Laos? 

1. Do Not MISS to EXPERIENCE & TALK with 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


3. BEST Lodging is SANCTUARY PAKBENG LODGE Resort

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 Luang Prabang Street Market after 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 & 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

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Where Should my Flights Begin & End for my Laos Trip?

The main two international airports where Laos’ majority of international flights land and depart are Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ) in Luang Prabang and Wattay International Airport (VTE) in Vientiane, Laos’ capital.

Where Should I Book My Return Flight to Laos?

You can book directly from your country to avoid being charged a contrary ticket issue fee by the airline, or you can request that the return ticket be booked through local travel agents. And, double-check the weight of your return international flight when you or your travel agency book it so that you can plan and pack accordingly. This is meaningful because being overweight at the airport usually comes at a high cost.

What Are my Options for Lodging in Laos? 

With average temperatures ranging from 15 to 32 degrees Celsius throughout the year, and temperatures ranging from 22 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius during the dry season from May to September, you should book a hotel with a pool for your stay in Laos during the dry season.

If you book your room ahead of time online or have a travel agent book it for you, double-check everything that’s included in your room rate, including your breakfast, service charge, and tax, because some internet booking websites don’t make this clear.

Besides that, staying in a hotel in the heart of tourist areas allows you to walk around and explore the area’s highlights at your leisure, and you won’t have to pay as much for a taxi or a bus to get to the surrounding central attractions.

What Foods Should I Try in the Cities in Laos?

Laos’ cuisine is still widely known, not only in the central streets of Luang Prabang and Vientiane but also in rural Laos. When visiting Laos, besides you should enjoy plenty of the different unique dishes at all places here, you also should not miss trying two distinct local foods: Sticky Rice and Larb, both of which are available throughout the country. 

Sticky rice

Sticky rice is a popular dish in Laos, and it can be found at almost any gathering, from family reunions to death anniversaries and festivals. This simple dish is made with sticky rice grown in the mountains. Sticky rice is commonly served in Laos with grilled chicken and a sauce.  Although many families now eat rice, Laos sticky rice remains a mainstay for all Laotians. If you visit Laos, you can try this dish at stalls or restaurants for about 15,000 Kips per basket.

Larb

Larb is a popular dish in all regions of Laos and is served to guests as a good luck wishes from the owner. Laotians cook Larb with simple ingredients such as cooked beef, pork, and chicken… mixed with chopped liver and spices such as lemon juice, chili, galangal, and powdered grilled sticky rice, Larb is served with lettuce and string beans to enhance the flavor. Larb is sold in both small and large restaurants in Laos for around 30,000 Kips per disk.

What are Any Suggestions for Traveling with Children in Laos?

Bring an umbrella and some pills 

During the rainy season in Laos, which lasts from May to October with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, the weather can quickly change from rain to sunshine and back again, causing your children to feel uneasy or ill, so bring an umbrella and some medicines for your child to avoid bad cases that cause them to avoid changing the weather even within a day here. The dry season, which lasts from November to April with temperatures ranging from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, is a little cold so bring warm clothes for your children if you visit Laos during these months.

Get some extra water handly

Traveling in the rainy season in Laos, make sure your car has air conditioning and drinking water, and bring some extra water with you on your excursions because you’ll not only be walking a lot in the tourist attractions in Laos’s cities, but there aren’t many places to buy water bottles within the sites, temples, and pagodas you visit. 

A trolley and some daily preferences are necessary if you travel with a young kid

To avoid any difficulties obtaining the same things at your current location, always ensure that your children have some of their daily favorites, like snacks, candy, toys, and so on. Remember to pack some medical supplies, such as medicine and bandages, in case they fall or become hurt…..

A trolley is highly useful if your children are too tiny to carry in your arms when trekking or walking excursions around the areas.

Limit transfers as much as possible

If you’re traveling with kids, try to keep your transfers to a minimum. 

Combine entertainment complexes into your itinerary

At entertainment complexes such as parks, zoos, and game complexes, children can play and enjoy themselves… Plan to take your children to these incredible locations so that they can share memorable and pleasurable adventures with you, the adults.

What are Souvenirs to Bring Back From Laos & Where Could I Find Them?

Laos is still famous for its traditional brocade handicrafts such as towels, bags, wallets, and embroidery pictures. Aside from that, don’t forget to purchase some copper or silver jewelry in the tourist cities of Laos.

Carol Cassidy and Houey Hong are two famous places to buy the most beautiful brocade items in Vientiane, Laos’ capital. Or Ok Pop Tok, a famous textile village in Luang Prabang where textiles create a variety of beautiful items.

What are The Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Laos?

Regardless of the reward, a tour guide will always give it his or her all. Because almost all tour guides are sensitive to the subject, tipping is rarely suggested or required. As a result, visitors should think about their abilities and attitude when providing each of their tour guides and drivers $5 to $20 or more per person each day.

Do Most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will There be a Laundry Service Nearby? 

Most hotels do not allow guests to wash their clothes in their rooms so if you did not bring enough clothes, you should either clean them at your hotel or, if your hotel is in the city center, you can easily find some places that offer this service at very low prices. If you’re going on a short trip or prefer to save money by washing your clothes, bring only what you need.

What are The Physical Demands of the Tour in Laos?

 Regardless of your age, our tours are moderately active.

What Should my Packing List include for a Week or More in Laos?

Personal items

Laos has two distinct seasons: wet (rainy) and dry (dry). The temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius during the rainy season, which lasts from May to October. During the dry season, from November to April, temperatures range from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, so bring warm or light clothing depending on the season and month you arrive in Laos. Particularly, you should bring and wear long enough clothing to enter Laos’ temples or pagodas, as per their restrictions at historical landmarks.

Update the Current Covid-19 travel updates, as well as Politics & Security

Laos has been safe for you to visit thus far, however, to avoid unexpected problems with The Current Covid-19 situation, politics, and security of the places you intend to visit, you should check some of the most up-to-date information about each of your destinations before your arrival date at here, so you can better prepare everything and be ready to welcome the most unusual events of the place where you visit. 

Learn some basic daily Habits & local Customs before you arrive

To ensure that you do not act inappropriately with the most basic items, you should learn or ask your tour guide about some basic daily habits and local customs about the specific location that you will visit. To make things easier for yourself in this situation, learn basic things like the locals’ simple greeting language, such as thank you, goodbye, and so on. When you speak with the locals directly, they will feel friendlier and less strangulated as a result.

Bring some Allergy Pills

Bring some allergy pills if you or any member of your family is allergic to food or anything else, or if you are allergic to rapidly changing weather or being exposed to too much sun in any country…., and don’t forget to bring insect bites toxin protection medicines… Although many good types of medicines are available in Laos’ regions, it is still the quickest and most convenient if you can bring some of these medicines with you to avoid an emergency situation on your way. 

(Always remember to pack LIGHT – one carry-on and one purse/backpack only, whether it is a 1-week or 4 weeks trip.) 

How Long Must my Passport be Valid for International Travel?

A passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of a journey in most countries. If your passport expires sooner, you will need to apply for a renewal.

What Should I Wear When Visiting Buddhist Temples/ Pagodas in Laos?

Laos is a Buddhist country, so avoid wearing short shirts and pants when visiting temples and pagodas to avoid being denied entry. 

What are Laos’ Major Regions & International Airports?

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.

What are The Best Months to Travel to Laos?

  The Best Time to visit Laos is in the Dry Season from October to April when the weather is warm and dry throughout the country. Temperature ranges from 15 degrees Celcius to 32 degrees Celcius

  River Travel is best between November & January when the Mekong River has high enough water levels for easy passage along Laos’ waterway. Temperature ranges from 15 degrees Celcius to 32 degrees Celcius

•  The Wet (Rainy) Season lasts from May to late September. Temperature ranges from 22 degrees Celcius to 35 degrees Celcius.

Laos weather

Laos weather

What are The Top Destinations in Laos?

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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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Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Laos?

Below are all of the most updated information and guides to assist you in Checking if you need a Visa to visit Laos. If so, How to Obtain it.

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.