Laos

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Laos Destinations


▸  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


▸  Laos Travel FAQ


▸  Laos Public Holidays


▸  Destinations & Attractions in Laos


▸  Best Laos Tours


▸  Best Southeast Asia Tours




Airport Codes for Laos


Capital City of Laos:                                                        •   Vientiane

Currency:                                                                       •   Kip

International Dial Code:                                                   •   + 856

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

                                                                                      •   Wattay International Airport in Vientiane (VTE)

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 degrees to 30 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 August, with temperatures ranging from 28 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 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.


Laos Highlights: things to do & travel guide


Laos Destinations

Laos Highlights

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, 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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