Tropical climate with two distinct seasons. The rainy season from May to
September and dry season from October to April. The best season to
travel in Laos is from October to March (18c--.25c).
The official language is Lao. The Lao language is monosyllabic and
tonal. The polysyllabic words are occasionally meets particularly in
literary writing are of Sanskrit of Pali origins. English and French are
widely spoken, but it is very helpful, it one develops some knowledge to
the Lao language.
Religion and Culture
Most of Lao people are Buddhism. Buddhism was introduced since 14th
century. Laos has a great variety of well preserved architecture and
Getting to & away Laos
. By flight Bangkok, Hanoi, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Kun Ming and Chiang Mai.
. By land at the borders: Boten, Houixay, Vientiane / the bridge,
Thakhek, Savannakhet, Lao Bao, Lak Sao and ChongMeck.
Visa can be obtained at LAO EMBASSY with the assistance of Discovery
Indochina Co.,Ltd tour or up on arrival. Visa up on arrival USD 30 per
The tourism in Laos is basically the culture, the nature, the history
and archeological sites.
VIENTIANE is the capital with colonial houses, interesting Museums
and beautiful temples: Wat PraKeo, Wat Sisaket, ThatLuang and the other
important temples. We also highly recommend the visit to the provinces
like VANG VIENG, KAMMOUANE, LAXSAO AND SAVANNAKHET.
the former Royal capital of Laos Lanexang. This city is totally
registered as the world heritage by UNESCO in 1995. Visit the Royal
Palace, boat trip to Pak OU caves, visit Kuangsi water fall and the
traditional villages surrounding.
. XIENG KHOUANG:
PLAIN OF JARS
2500.3000 years olds
remains a mystery:
. LUANG NAMTHA, OUDOMXAY, PHONGSALI, HOUIXAY:
Beautiful places, mountainous, many minority groups. Preferable for
Trekking and overnight in the villages.
CHAMPASSACK: Share the border with Cambodia and Thailand. Visit the
Khmer temple of WAT PHOU. Visit the 4000 islands area the big water fall
in Asia KHONPAPENG and see the Dolphins of the Mekong.
. SARAVANH . SEKONG.
ATTOPEU: The area good for Agriculture, visit the plantation of coffee,
Tea, visit the Minority, Boat trip, elephants riding.
Climate and Clothing
Light-weight washable cotton or cotton-blunt clothes are suitable. A
sweater or coat is needed for the winter and in upland areas.
Customs and Immigration
A valid transit, tourist visit, business, diplomatic, or service visa is
required. All foreigners may enter and depart Laos via Wattay Airport,
or Mittaphab Bridge, the Mekong border crossing with Nong Khai,
Thailand. A visa can now be obtained upon arrival at the airport and
other official entry points. To depart elsewhere, arrangements must be
made before your arrival by Inter-Lao Tourism. Joint tours are welcome
and can also be organized by Inter-Lao Tourism.
Medical and dental facilities are mostly operated by the government.
Private clinics and pharmacies are available in the major cities. The
international clinic is operated under the supervision of the Ministry
of Health, to accommodate foreigners and diplomats. Medicines from
France, the U.S., Russia, Thailand and China are widely available in
International telephone, fax, telegraph and telex services are available
at post offices hotels and business centers. Mobile phones are widely
Several radio stations broadcast in Lao. The Lao National Radio carries
news in English, French and Thai. There are daily TV broadcasts, with
two local channels, Thai television and satellite reception.
Public transportation is by bus, taxi and samlo. There are both metered
and unmetered taxi. There are no railroads. Lao Aviation, Thai Airways
International, Cambodia and Vietnam Airlines connect Wattay Airport to
( Rangoon ), Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Kunming, China.
Domestic flights shuttle daily between Lao cities. Mittaphab bridge
across the Mekong to Thailand opened in early 1994 .
Kip one US$ is worth approximately 7600 kip ( 1999-2000). Money can be
exchanged at banks, authorized shops, or hotels. Exchanged at fluctuate
daily, though fluctuations are tiny.
Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao, Lane Xang Bank and Lao Mai Bank
Joint Development Bank, and Thai branch banks. Traveler's Checks and
credit cards can be used at major banks, some hotels, restaurants and
shops. INTER-LAO TOURISM accepts VISA cards and American Express and
220 volts at 50 hz.
Major Events and Traditional festivals :
January 1 : New Year
April 13-15 : Lao New Year
May 1 : international Labor Day.
End of May : Rocket Festival
October End of Buddhism Lent & Boat Races
November That Luang Festival.
December 2 : National Day