Why Laos ?

Laos is a mountainous landlocked country surrounded by Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Burma. The country is twice the size of Pennsylvania. Laos culture is vibrant, beautiful, and best cherished for its small-scale rural communities and untouched wilderness. Laos offers the true depths and authenticity of South East Asia. 

Laos is one of the safest tourist attractions around the world. The small but serene nation still has a lot more to offer of Asia’s rich history in its true splendor. Laos features prehistoric mountainous sites, religious Alm giving ceremony with monks walking by, the natural plunging waterfalls and Laotian gastronomy. The Laotians are also friendly and peace-loving people, but as a Buddhist settlement, they are also proud of their cultural beliefs. It is crucial to know the rules, dress conservatively, and embrace the beautiful wonders of this great nation.

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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang was the capital of Lane Xang which was Laos kingdom in the northern Laos from 1353 toll 1975. This city at the meeting point of Mekong and Nam Khan River, is renown as the country of millions of elephants. Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site since 1995, is a small but serene city with around 30 temples scattering roundabout. It’s one of the most unique cities in southeast Asia region with the laidback lifestyle to find peace of mind and enhance the spirits. Every morning, the monks in Luang Prabang walk slowly in line around the town for alms giving ceremonies that draw the attentions of any visitors. Neighboring of Luang Prabang including Pak Ou Cave which is among the most significant religious pilgrimage destinations in Laos and Khuang Si Waterfalls with cascades of crystal water pools stretching itself in the lush jungle.

By Air

There are 4 international airports that three of them are available with direct flights from Asian countries including Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse. The main airport in Vientiane offers flights to Seoul, Hanoi, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and many other destinations in China. Luang Prabang Airport is more convenient for those heading north and offers flights to Vientiane and some other destinations. The Lao Airlines also provides flights from a third international airport in Pakse to and from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Bangkok and Siem Reap (Cambodia).  

By Land

From Thailand

There are lots of border crossings to enter Laos by land. Some can take overnight sleeping trains from Thailand to the frontiers of Laos.  There are also international buses available. Some Thailand borders require a visa on arrival, but visitors need to check with the borders before using them. Not all borders are open for foreigners, but these are:

  • Vientiane/Nong Khai
  • Huay Xai/Chiang Khong
  • Muang Ngeun/Huay Kon
  • Paksan/Bueng Kan
  • Vang Tao/Chong Mek
  • Mukdahan/Savannakhet
  • Tha Khaek/Nakhon Phanom
  • Nam Hueng/Tha Li

From Cambodia

Only one border crossing is available to foreigners from Cambodia. This border crosses through Cambodia, Laos, Veun Kham, and Dom Kralor. Visa on arrival is also available. 

From Vietnam

Six border crossings are open to foreigners from Vietnam and require a visa in advance. These borders include:

  • Dansavanh/Lao Bao
  • Nam Phao/Cau Treo
  • Sop Hun/Tay Trang
  • Vinh

From China

There is only one border crossing between Mengla (China) and Boten (Laos) open to tourists. Via on arrival is available on getting to Laos, but Visa in advance is needed to enter China. There are international buses available through the route. 

Most of visitors to Laos can achieve Laos visa on arrival or proceed e-visa in advance. While some nationalities get Laos visa exemption, some need to arrange visa in advance.

Laos e-visa:

Laos e-visa can be processed via official port of Laos Immigration taking 3 working days; and can be applied to enter Laos via 5 international ports: Wattay Airport in Vientiane, Lao-Thai Friendship bridge in Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport, Lao-Thai Friendship bridge in Savannakhet and Pakse International Airport.

Laos visa on arrival

Laos visa on arrival at the airports which is available at 27 ports of the countries; except only these 4 entries: Napao-Chalo (Vietnam), Subhun (China), Pakxan-Bueng Kan (Thailand) and Xieng Kok River port (Myanmar).

Laos visa exempt

Most of Asian nationalities, and Western nationalities are exempted Laos visa for the stay from 14 days to 30 days. 

14 days: Brunei, Myanmar

15 days: Japan, Switzerland, Luxembourg

30 days: Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Mongolia, Thailand, Philippines, Russia

Laos visa required in advance

These nationalities are eligible for Laos visa on arrival and need to apply for visa at the embassies in advance: Afghanistan, Algeria, Congo, Bangladesh, Cote d’lvoire, Burundi Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea Bussau, Jordan, Lesotho, Libya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Syria, Eswatine, Tonga, Turkey, Zambia, Zimbabwe. 

Tourists can visit Laos at any time in the year, but the peak periods are around August and November to March. Laos is mostly tropical. It’s easier to find Monsoons around the rainy season from May to October. However, visiting Northern Laos around the November to February period might be too cold for some people.

Visiting around October and November brings one to the Ork Phansa Buddist festival, which marks the end of the Buddhist Lent. Tourists can watch the fireworks either when locals call for rain during the Rocket Festival in May or embrace Lao’s New Year’s celebrations in April. None of these events can happen without Laos’s famous boat races, floating offerings, river ceremonies, and processions around the nation.

Laos is also well known for its mouthwatering dishes. Famous dishes are made with spices, rice, noodles, and fresh herbs. One of the best places to get the rich taste of Laotion dishes is Vientiane, but other sites in Laos, also have many authentic dishes to offer. 

The best snack to enjoy is the Kaipen, a freshwater algae delicacy, eaten with jaew bong, a dipping sauce made from thin pieces of buffalo skin, and roast chili. Travelers can treat themselves to street foods like Khao Jee with a nice cup of coffee. The Khao Jee made from chopped harm, moo yor (pork lunchmeat), carrot, sliced tomatoes, and lettuce, and topped with pâté or chili sauce. 

Visitors can also try the Laotian version of the spicy noodle soup called Khao Poon. The Khao Poon is a comfort-food in Laos made from rice vermicelli noodles. The soup itself is made with lime leaves, chilies, shallots, garlic, fish sauce, and pounded meat (fish, pork, or chicken). It should be bought with toppings like spring onion, coriander, mint leaves, string bean, and many more. There are many more Laotian dishes for vacationists to savor, such as the Laos sausage and Laos phos (beef noodle soup). For lovers of beef jerky relish the Sien Savanh.

Laos map displays many great reasons to visit Laos, such as Laos ancient and atmospheric cites, boutique and charming hotels, tasty indigenous food, and Laos stunning attractions. Almost every town and village in Laos boasts of a beautiful humanmade or natural site to enjoy, but the first step any tourist should do is to determine the route to the north, south, or around Laos.

The Classic Laos routes

The Classic Laos route cuts through significant tourist attractions in Laos, including Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Huay Xai, and Luang Prabang. Tourists can travel through this country in a week, although having fun comes with up to 10 days ride through the cities that there is a possibility of adding 2-day boat ride through Mekong River to Luang Prbang. 

Other Laos routes to enjoy

Tourists can also step away from the norm and uncover many more routes. There are lots of nature’s amazing wonders to discover in Northern Laos by visiting the Luang Namtha and Nong Klaw. The lovely Luang Prabang sits in this destination, as well. Many fun activities visitors can enjoy include, cycling, caving, trekking, or kayaking through Laos National parks and gorgeous karst jungles. 

Tourists can head south to either see the classic sleepy towns along the Mekong River or hop around Islands in Si Phan Don or even visit the Bolaven Plateau. They can also visit the coffee capital of Paksong, and explore the beautiful Tat Lo to see some of the loveliest waterfalls in the world. 

Laos tours
Indochina gastronomy 19 days

Indochina gastronomy 19 days

Culninary - 19 days 18 nights

A life time journey to taste and learn of Indochina gastronomy with inspiring cooking classes in three countries as well as thrilling street food tours by either walking or local tuk tuk. Vietnam never disappoints you with full of dining experiences like a street food tour in Hanoi Old Quarter, and a cooking class at a local house nearby Red River, very unique lunch of “Rice with salts” which sounds monotone but quite sophisticated and a cooking class in garden house settings in Hue. Plus, you will have lunch to taste the fresh vegetable pick from Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An and a special dinner “Dining in the Dark” in Ho Chi Minh City. Khmer Cuisine in Cambodia is somewhat influenced by neighbor countries but still make their unique taste. You will have a Phnom Penh street food tour with a local passionate chef; and an interaction with local villagers to create rice noodle and cook the noodle soup in a countryside region of Siem Reap. Laos gastronomy is inspiring; simple but tasty. The cooking class in Luang Prabang as well as a stroll to local market is intriguing. Nevertheless, all the best attractions of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are still input that reinforce your understand on those countries from different aspects.


Honeymooners - 17 days 16 nights

A awe-aspiring and pleasant honeymoon trip to explore the best of three Indochina countries Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. There are private moments for the couple to enjoy their time together like cooking class in Hanoi, a romantic dinner on bamboo raft in Hoi An and some of leisure day to just chill-out at the properties. All the highlights of each countries are input for your exploration to Hanoi capital city, marvelous Halong Bay overnight cruise, Hoi An ancient town, tumultuous Ho Chi Minh city and tranquil Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Siem Reap in Cambodia with the intriguing Angkor Temples of unique design and architecture with ornate of cultural and religious carvings. Luang Prabang in Laos will slow you down with leisure walk around the old town, pleasant cruise on Mekong River to Pak Pu Cave and the fantasy of Kuangsi Waterfalls.


Wellness Journey - 6 days 5 nights

The Wellness program in Luang Prabang to explore the city do Yoga in the fresh air of Pha Tad Ke botanical garden and relax with wellness package at a lush garden resort. There are short excursions including the Luang Prabang old town and the cascade of Khuangsi Waterfalls. Attend a traditional rite, the Baci Ceremony to intermingle with and learn more about local life. Your staying at Rosewood Resort in Luang Prabang surrounding by luxuriant gardens and mountains offers a luxury treatment and holistic offers.
Indochina bird watching 30 days

Indochina bird watching 30 days

Active & Adventure - 30 days 29 nights

A package brings up the lifetime experiences with bird watching in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Indochina is mesmerizing as a chanting destination with great values of cultures, cuisines, religions, nature and especially the wildlife. Embark on this journey, you will explore the highlighted regions of three countries; and venture to unique area with diverse system of fauna and flora and some rare species. Ban Na Hin in the east of Laos is surrounded with idling limestone karst; and also, is a part of the dense jungle with birding sites. In Siem Reap, the Prek Toal Sanctuary on flood land region is the home and biosphere of the rarest water bird. Vietnam, with mountains at higher elevations and lush jungles, is the perfect nestling places for dozen thousands of species. Exploring the most diverse national parks of Cat Tien in the southern Vietnam, Bach Ma in the central Vietnam and the Cuc Phuong National Park in northern Vietnam.
Luang Prabang and Mekong river cruise 7 days

Luang Prabang and Mekong river cruise 7 days

Active & Adventure - 7 days 6 nights

A serene journey to explore Luang Prabang laidback town of Laos with cultural and religious richness; combining with pleasant cruise on peaceful Mekong River to Namkat Yor La national park. Discover the cultural atmospheric and inspiriting architectures and cultures as well as gigantic Khuangsi Waterfalls in Luang Prabang; then have local interactions with local people at villages during the cruising journey; and delve into the nature and wildlife of Namkat Yor La National Park.
Placid southern laos 6 days

Placid southern laos 6 days

Active & Adventure - 6 days 5 nights

An itinerary wholly dedicated to your escape to southern Laos with unique scenes and venturing trails. On and off the bicycle and boat alternatively, you will delve into the charming southern Laos and fell in love with the serene landscape of southern Laos; then get trembled when facing the plunging waterfalls and floating on 4,000 islands. The journey introduces most amazing towns in the region with handicraft villages and chances to see local life in Pakse town, Champassak province where locating the verdant Bolaven Plateau with coffee plantation, mountain climate and breath-taking Tad Lo waterfalls. You also have memorable time at Ban Kiet Ngong offering chances to admire the wonderful wetland and intriguing Xepian Natural protected area. Last but not least is the Don Khone Island with 4,000 islands with emotional water current as well as the wildlife.

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