WHY LAOS?

 

Laos, the Jewel of the Mekong, is rapidly becoming a new and exciting tourism destination. The country offers a diversity of unspoiled ethnic lifestyles and traditions, as well as some of the richest and most extensive ecosystems of the Indochina Region.

This land-locked mountainous country is gaining a reputation as an Eco tourist destination. Its many rivers criss-crossing the country and unspoilt national parks are ideal for activities such as trekking, kayaking and caving. The capital, Vientiane, and the other major towns have been spared major modern developments with traditional and colonial architecture still dominant.

Laos has one of the most pristine natural landscapes in Southeast Asia. An estimated half of its woodlands consist of primary forest, in particular the tropical rainforest. In addition to its fascinating vegetation, Laos plays host to a diverse animal kingdom. Several exotic mammals are endemic such as leopard cats, Javan mongoose, goat antelopes as well as rare species of gibbons and linger, Malayan sun bear, Asiatic black bear and gaur.

In Laos, wellness – both physical and mental – is holistic. The concept of a stress-free and contented life is nothing new. After all, this is a place many travelers have described as somewhere you can’t help but relax. Laos is where you will find a tranquility rarely found elsewhere.

 

Quick look:

Neighbour : Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west

Area : 236 800 km².

Population: around 6,7 million

Ethnic groups : 55% Lao, 11% Kamu, 8% Hmong, 26 % Others

Official Religion : Buddhism (67 %).

Capital : Vientiane

Currency : Kip

 

Best time to go: Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The rainy season is from the beginning of May to the end of September, and the dry season is from October through April.

 

Visa: Getting Lao visa is easy and much easier than before. Apart from getting visa of Lao PDR through traditional ways at Embassy or Consulates, travelers of most nationals can obtain Lao visa upon arrival – at International airport of Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakse, Savanakhet and at various border crossing points with the neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China.

Except some countries from Africa and Asia (Muslim countries), the visa on arrival is allowed for most of tourists and is not required for citizens of some countries from Southeast Asia, Russia, Switzerland, Brazil…

 

Notes: Your Passport must be valid for six months beyond the intended stay with at least 1 empty page for visa stamp.

 

Pre-departure:

– Make sure your passport is valid with at least 6 months before the expiry date, and

– Consider medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance.

– Check with your doctor re vaccinations and medicines needed.

– Hat and sunglasses

– Clothes with covered shoulders and knees for sacred buildings and temples

– Good shoes for trekking and for walks around temples

– Personal First Aid Kit (bring in small amounts and in small containers)

– ID pictures for visa

– Passport and important documents’ photocopies in case of loss.

 

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  • Highlights: The scenic city of Luang Prabang is as serene and holy as it is alive with warmth and energy. Three days in this hillside area is just enough to discover the rich culture and diverse communities of Laos, as well as some of Luang Prabang’s nearby natural wonders. 
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  • Highlights: Immerse yourself in the distinctive beauty of Laos and explore the tranquil city of Vientiane, which is located on the bank of Mekong River. You will be intrigued by the well-preserved Laotian heritage of temples and architectures of olden-day colonial style buildings and boulevards. A...
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