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Laos is the type of place that can project feelings of being transported into another time, a country as exotic as it is utterly intriguing. With its culturally diverse native tribal groups and varied ethnicities, Laos is the destination for you to encounter unique experiences. Most importantly: Lao cuisine is simply delectable. So, what are you waiting for?
Laos is a country in Southeast Asia and shares borders with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia. From Sydney, a non-stop flight is 11 hours, and from Dubai, it is roughly 10 hours.
The capital and largest city is Vientiane and sits near the border of Thailand along the Mekong River. Other major cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Pakse.
Wattay International Airport is the main hub for international and domestic travel. It is located 3 km outside of the city centre of its capital, Vientiane.
The official language of Laos is Lao, however, English is commonly spoken across the country. In areas that are further away from major cities, fluent speakers may be harder to come by.
Laos uses the Laos Kip. The currency code is LAK. It is safe to withdraw money from banks or ATMs while you’re there, however, the withdrawal limit is quite low (under $100 USD).
30-day visas can be obtained on arrival at most entry points into Laos. Visa information can change often and varies from country to country. We recommend checking your country’s travel advisories in advance of booking a trip.
Electrical current is s 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. In Laos the power sockets are of type A, B, C, E and F. The standard voltage in the US is 110 volts, so you may need a surge adaptor.
The phone numbers to call in case of emergency are 191 for the police, 195 for an ambulance and 190 for a fire.
Laos position means the temperature throughout the year is relatively enjoyable, however, the reason that travellers flock to Laos is mostly due to the pleasant temperature. Also, the higher the altitude, the lower the temperatures will so make sure you pack accordingly. Christmas and New Year’s Eve in December always sees a rise in visitors, so it is best to book well in advance. Notable festivals that you might want to consider include Chinese and Vietnamese New Year celebrations in Vientiane, Pakse and Savannakhet where you will encounter vibrant street parties and of course – fireworks aplenty.
Over the months of April to July is when temperatures start to rise, and travellers may find themselves sweltering in the 40°C average temperatures. But, if you’re not afraid of the warm weather, you can feel free to explore Laos during this time. Yes, this is the rainy season and your adventures will mostly be unbothered by rainfall, yet visitors must be aware that rainfall may cause some roads or unpaved areas to require itineraries to be rerouted. While the months of April to August are known as the low season, travellers should be aware that August is when most Europeans take their vacation along with many university students. Best to book ahead to avoid higher prices.
Although not made for travellers who fear heights, the Gibbon Experience might just be the antidote to conquer your fears – because this adventure is worth every moment. Set foot in the jungle in Huay Xai and hang among the treetops while moving around the trees through a network of zip lines. Keep a close eye out for the endangered gibbons.
Take time from your morning and witness one of the most sacred (and awe-inspiring) Lao traditions: the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang. The inherently spiritual practice occurs in the early hours of the morning, where hundreds of orange-clad monks make their way through the city to gather their food for the day.
To best understand the Lao way of life, you simply must sample fragrant, lemongrass-infused Lao dishes (maybe a fried insect if you have an iron stomach) and wash it down with homebrewed whisky, Lao Hai. To up the ante in the experience stakes, join a local cooking class to take the flavours of Laos back home with you.
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