Land of a million elephants, Laos encompasses mountains, jungles and the Mekong River dominate the landscape.
Our journeys to this intriguing country include the time in Luang Prabang – a perfectly preserved blend of rustic colonial
The landlocked destination of Laos is a place for everyone, offering travelers the opportunity to travel from north to south through a diverse array of scenery and cultures, by boat and by road. In addition, many travelers have chosen to combine their Laos experience with Cambodia or Vietnam by traveling overland and either through the daily flights that have been scheduled.
Visa requirements and departure tax: Travelers (European, American, Australian, NZ
Travelers often visit Laos through its classical routes such as spending a few days in Vientiane from where the historic and cultural aspect of the nation will revel to visit some of the oldest pagodas in the country. Also, adventure seekers will often stop at Vang Vieng to chill out and get their half way stop between Vientian and Luang Prabang.
Travelers can obtain their Laos visa at arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport.
Insurance : You must be comprehensively insured as a condition of traveling through the Indochina. You must provide the text, source_language and target_language. Laos. Insurance should include coverage for personal accident, medical expenses, baggage loss and cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. You can confirm your insurance details as part of your trip with the embassy and or with your travel organizer at the start of your journey. If you do not have adequate insurance you can apply for one. Note that travel insurance may be 'attached' to your credit card, although usually such cover is effective only if your travel arrangements have been purchased with the card. Insurance cover from credit cards often does not include payment of medical expenses. Please check your policy carefully.
Money : The official currency of Laos is the kip, but the United States dollar cash is accepted almost everywhere. Thai baht is readily acceptable, although at less favourable rates. As you will accumulate the statue as change from the payments you make in USD, it is recommended to change either nothing or very little (eg 30USD) into kip upon your arrival in Laos. Also, ts advised to carry a mix of USD cash and traveler checks. Credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) can be used in a limited number of shops and restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Travelers crossing from Thailand at Chiang Khong / Huay Xai can change money at fair rates next to the Huay Xai (Laos) visa post.
Climate : Laos is affected by the annual Southeast Asian monsoon cycle. The 'wet' season is from May to October. During this time, the tropical lowlands average 30 degrees Celsius, while the mountains remain cooler. The first half of the season is from November to February;
Mornings and evenings in the north of Laos around Luang Prabang can be quite cool at this time of the year. People traveling between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang on the Mekong should bring at last one layer of warm clothes. During the second half of the 'dry' season – from March to June – the temperature can rise to 35 degrees Celsius. Many travelers prefer Laos outside the dry season; There are fewer tourists, and rainfall is often limited to short afternoon showers that give a different atmosphere to the country and towns.
Baggage & clothing: Your baggage should be clearly labeled and kept at a reasonable minimum . Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Carriers are not always available, so be prepared to carry your own bags.
Comfortable casual clothes made of cotton are best in tropical and semi-tropical climates. Packing a set of smart casual clothes is advisable. Laundry
Flat shoes and sandals
Hat and sunglasses
Raincoat or umbrella
Effective, airline type ear plugs
One layer of warm clothes (for traveling on the Mekong between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang from November to March)