Laos

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 Airport Codes for Laos


 Best Time to Visit Laos


 Top 10 Things to Do in Laos


 The Current Covid-19 & Visa Policy in Laos


 Laos Highlights by Map


  Laos Travel FAQ


  Laos Public Holidays


  All Destinations & Attractions in Laos


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Airport Codes for Laos


  Capital City: Vientiane
  Religion: Buddhism
  Currency: Kips
  International Dial Code: + 856

Laos’s 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.


Best Time to Visit Laos


  Laos has 2 seasons: The dry and wet (rainy) seasons
  The best time to visit Laos is in the dry season from October to late February when the weather is warm and dry throughout the country, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 30 degrees C
•  River travel is best between November & January when the Mekong River has high enough water levels for easy passage along the waterway
 The wet/ rainy season lasts from May to late August, with temperatures ranging from 27 degrees to 36 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


The Current Covid-19 & Visa Policy in Laos


                                                                  The current Covid-19 updates in Laos
Covid-19 travel updates may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow:
  As of 9 May, Laos is officially fully open to international travelers
  A Lao Green Pass, Covid insurance, and the on-arrival test are no longer required
  Fully-vaccinated travelers only need to provide their certificate of vaccination upon entering, and those who are not fully vaccinated only have to take a Covid ATK test within 48 hours before departure
  Private vehicles may be used to enter and exit Laos

                                                                                 Visa policy in 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 from 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 for 30 days, 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 Laos Visa on arrival:   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
•  Travelers can extend their visa up to an additional 60 days for about $1 for each day through Immigration Department in Vientiane
•  However, if you extend after the visa expiry date, you will be fined $10 for the days you overstayed
Note: an additional $1 is charged from the overtime fee on weekends, Laos public holidays, and before 8 am and after 4 pm on weekdays.


Laos Highlights: things to do & travel guide


Laos Destinations

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

•  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.


Top 10 Things to Do in Laos


1. Do not miss to experience and 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 and 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 and footing 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
    Starting 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 and 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, enjoying cuisine 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, enjoying cuisine along the River Across the Street

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