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Laos

Often overlooked on the SEA tourist trail, those who come looking are in for a real treat. Not only is it a great bang for your buck but there are plenty of awesome things to do as well. The original lazy river, spend your days winding down the Mekong and really taking in the tranquility and beauty of this lovely country. 

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Basic Info

Drinking water: Do not drink tap water

Plugs: Type A, B, C, E and F (See photo below)

Covid Updates

Open with a negative test result and a mandatory 14 quarantine for everyone 

Money

Official currency: ₭ or ₭N Laos Kip

Budget: $5-10 USD for accommodation (if you’re with others get a room and split it rather than going dorms) and fans are cheaper than rooms with AC. Drinks can be from $1-3 USD and most activities aren’t going to break the bank either, allowing a comfortable daily budget of around $15 – $20 per day.  

Credit cards:  Hotels and some restaurants or tour operators will take cards (usually with a fee) but cash is preferred. 

Tipping: Not customary

Visas

Yes. Only some points of entry allow visa on arrival. Check with your government for more information. 15 countries are visa exempt. 

**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**

Vaccinations

None

**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

Language

Official Languages: Lao

Good morning: Sabaï dii

Thank-you (very much): Khop tchaï (laï laï) (Kope-chai-lai-lai)

Yes: Tchao      No: Bo

When to go

Monsoon season runs from May to October with humid temps and a few hours of showers. 

Dry season is from November to April with milder temps but the south can get hotter. November and December still see rivers higher from monsoon season making it ideal for all the water activities 

The highlands can get chilly at night at any time of the year so don’t forget to pack a jacket

Burning season takes place in the north from March to monsoon season in May in which the air quality is very poor and uncomfortable to be in

Responsible Travel

Make sure you’re giving your business to the locals – from home stays and restaurants to guides and souvenirs   

DON’T RIDE ELEPHANTS! To train them, they are beaten into submission using a variety of tactics to break down their spirits until they are left a shell of their former selves. Used in logging and performing for the entertainment of humans the truth behind all elephant tourism is devastating.

Avoid Chinese medicine with endangered animal products as well as meat that is not sustainable 

Talk to the locals and learn about their country from their perspective, you’ll walk away with a greater understanding of both the country and the people that make it

Laos travel guides 

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