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 Travellers from New Zealand
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 Safe Travel New Zealand before you travel.
Flying to Laos from New Zealand:
The average flight time between New Zealand and Laos is around 20 hours with at least one transit stop en route though most airlines make two stops. The principal international gateway to Laos is the capital city of Vientiane and several airlines fly the route via Asia. One of the quickest options from Auckland is Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok in conjunction with Thai Airways. If you prefer fewer transit stops then Singapore Airlines via Singapore is the best option. From Christchurch the fastest flight time is offered by Qantas via Sydney and Bangkok, also in conjunction with Thai Airways.