A COUNTRY RICH IN NATURAL ASSETS
Laos is a landlocked mountainous country and is often referred to as the “Land of A Million Elephants”. It remains one of the poorest nations financially in the region but is a country rich in natural assets. The unspoilt countryside is covered with lush jungles and wonderful national parks, the scenery is beautiful and dramatic, it has many cultural treasures including superb temples and Buddhist statues, stunning rivers, and a wonderfully laid back feel. Laos is generally combined with Cambodia and / or Vietnam with the capital Vientiane within easy reach of the Thai Border. There is a French colonial influence in Vientiane with its street cafes offering the opportunity to sit and watch the world go by and the famous Patuxai monument looking like a mini Arc de Triomphe. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-do on any trip to Laos. The town is sited at the confluence of two rivers and offers fascinating monasteries, colourful markets and traditional architecture. From here you can visit the mysterious Plain of Jars and the waterfalls at Kuang Si. Laos will also appeal to the adventurous traveller with places like Vang Vieng, which is set on the Nam Song River with limestone karsts, where you can kayak and enjoy tubing, or Phan Don where you can stay in tree-houses and zip-line in the jungle.
Flight Time: Approx. 13 hours to Vientiane
Time Difference: GMT +7 hours
Currency: Lao Kip
Area: 91,500 sq miles
Total Coastline: Nil as landlocked
Population: Approx. 6.7 million
Laos has a hot and tropical climate with two seasons. The rainy season runs between May and October when temperatures are at their highest and can reach as high as 35°C. The dry season then runs from November to April, which is the best time to visit as the temperature is comfortable and of course little or no rain will be experienced.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
You can travel to Laos year-round but the best time to visit is during the dry season between October to late April.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Malaria prophylaxis is also required for certain areas. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. British passport holders also need a visa to enter into Laos for stays of up to 30 days. Visas can be arranged upon arrival and cost approximately £20.