Laos Holiday Guide

Laos Tourist Information


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Laos is a land-locked country that shares borders with Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China. The country has seen a dramatic increase in tourists in recent years, with visitors drawn to its many cultural wonders and gorgeous natural scenery.

Most tourists to Laos choose to visit two main cities: Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Vientiane is the capital of Laos, and sits on the northeastern bank of the Mekong river. It's famous for its many temples and religious monuments, including That Luang Stupa, which is the Lao national symbol, and Wat Si Saket. Many tourists book a tour of Laos to make sure they have enjoyed the best tourist attractions in Laos.

Luang Prabang's history dates back to the 8th century, and it is the former capital of Laos. This designated UNESCO World Heritage site is a fantastic place to relax and unwind amid quaint French architecture, a picturesque river and gorgeous old temples.

In the north, notable destinations include Huay Xai, which sits on the border with Thailand, and Luang Namtha, well-known for its fine trekking expeditions. Muang Zay is the capital of Oudomxay, an interesting multi-ethnic province, while Pakse is the gateway to the famous 'four thousand islands' and Wat Phu near the Cambodian border.

If you're looking to explore the Phou Hin Boun National Park, which includes the Konglor cave, head to Tha Kaek, south of Vientiane and sitting on the Mekong. If you enjoy offbeat tourist attractions, be sure to visit the mysterious Plain of Jars.

The best time to visit Laos is between November and March, when rainfall and temperatures are both low. However, this is also the busiest time. The hot season from March to May can be unbearable for those unaccustomed to such climates, while May to October see a great deal of rain.

Getting to Laos is easy, with many choosing to fly from various Southeast Asian cities into Luang Prabang or Vientiane. Some travellers in search of a bargain choose to fly to Udon Thani, Thailand with a discount airline and then connect to the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge via a direct shuttle service which takes about 40 minutes. From here, Vientiane is just a 30-minute ride away by taxi or bus.

Having travel insurance when you visit Laos is a must. Healthcare is below international standard and those with serious ailments are normally evacuated to neighbouring Thailand for treatment.