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Laos

Entices travelers with its serene Buddhist temples, lush landscapes, and a slow-paced lifestyle, offering a tranquil escape into a country steeped in culture and natural beauty.

OVERVIEW

Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Vientiane, the capital, is the site of the That Luang monument, where a reliquary reportedly houses the Buddha’s breastbone, plus the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao (Morning Market), a complex jammed with food, clothes and craft stalls.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time of year to visit Laos?

The best time to visit Laos is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. This period offers pleasant temperatures and minimal rainfall, making it ideal for exploring the country’s outdoor attractions.

Do I need a visa to visit Laos?

Yes, most travelers will need a visa to enter Laos. Visas can typically be obtained on arrival at major airports and land borders, or you can apply for one in advance through a Lao embassy or consulate.

What are the must-visit destinations in Laos?

Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Vang Vieng, and the 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) in the south are some of the most popular destinations in Laos. Each offers its own unique charm, from ancient temples to stunning natural scenery.

Is it safe to travel in Laos?

Overall, Laos is a safe destination for travelers. However, like any country, it’s important to take normal precautions such as being aware of your surroundings and avoiding risky behavior, especially in remote areas.

What is the currency in Laos?

The official currency of Laos is the Lao kip (LAK). While kip is the primary currency, US dollars and Thai baht are also widely accepted in tourist areas.

What is the food like in Laos?

Lao cuisine is delicious and diverse, with influences from Thai, Vietnamese, and French cooking. Sticky rice (khao niew) is a staple of Lao meals, and you’ll find a variety of dishes featuring fresh herbs, vegetables, and meats or fish.

What should I wear when visiting temples in Laos?

When visiting temples or other religious sites in Laos, it’s important to dress modestly out of respect. This typically means covering your shoulders, knees, and avoiding revealing clothing.

What are some cultural customs I should be aware of in Laos?

Visitors to Laos should greet locals with the traditional Lao greeting, known as the “nop.” It’s also customary to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home or a temple, and to handle money and other objects with your right hand or both hands as a sign of respect.

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Effective from May 9, 20202, Laos has reopened all international borders for international visitors. For fully vaccinated travellers (2 doses), no Covid-19 test is required. Visa on arrival is back for eligible nationalities.

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