Laos Travel Guide
Everyone needs a little help now and then, especially when planning a dream holiday so we're here to help with our travel guide to Laos. Find out more about the best time to go and the top sights you should see when you're there. Discover what plugs you'll need to take with you and how easily you'll find WiFi out there. We also cover the essentials with details on what visa you'll need and provide a round-up of the multi-country tours we offer to Laos and its neighbouring countries.
Don't visit Laos without seeing these top sights from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
- The Coroner’s Lunch
by Colin Cotterill
- Another Quiet American: Stories of Life in Laos
by Brett Dakin
- Bamboo Palace: Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos
by Christopher Kremmer
Facts about Laos
- In Laos the New Year is a big deal and is celebrated for three days from April 13th-15th.
- The oldest modern human fossil was found in Lao and is estimated to be 46,000 years old.
- Laos is home to the Khone Papeng waterfall, the largest waterfall in the entirety of Southeast Asia.
Laos Travel Advice for Australian Travellers
The safety of our travellers is paramount and we closely monitor travel advisories to Laos. We recommend that you check the latest travel advice from Smart Traveller before you travel.
Flying to Laos from Australia:
It's between a 12-15 hour flight to Laos from Australia depending on whether you depart from the east or west half of the country. The capital city of Vientiane serves as the international transport hub for Laos with a number of airlines operating indirect routes from Australia. Whether you're departing from Melbourne or Sydney, Thai Airways with Bangkok, and in conjunction with Emirates and Qantas on some routes, is the quickest option. From Perth many airlines make two stops en route with one of the fastest flight times offered by Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Take a look at Skyscanner for deals on flights from Australia to Laos.