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.

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Best Places to Visit

Don't visit Laos without seeing these top sights from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

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Best Time to Visit

Plan the perfect time to visit with our guide to the seasons and climate in Laos

Currency

Top Travel Tips

A crash course in the essentials from health advice to currency, food to shopping

Visas

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Laos and information on getting your visa before you go

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Multi-country Tours

Combine Laos with other Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia & Vietnam

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Traveller Reviews

See what our travellers say about our tours to Laos and what makes them so good

Get to know Laos

Recommended Reading

  • 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
Did you know...?

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 UK Travellers

We keep abreast of the latest travel guidance to Laos and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the FCO before you travel.

Flying to Laos from the UK:

The capital city of Vientiane serves as the international gateway to Laos and the average flight time from London is 17 hours. There are no direct flights from the UK to Laos and all airlines make one or two transit stops en route. One of the most popular, and quickest, flight options is with Thai Airways via Bangkok. If you are departing from Manchester then Air France via Paris and Bangkok or Emirates via Dubai and Bangkok are both good options. Air France is also a great choice for those flying from Edinburgh. We have a full ATOL licence (ATOL 6109) and would be delighted to provide assistance with your flight booking.

Useful Online Resources:

The official Laos Tourist Organisation site and the latest Laos Weather Updates from the BBC.