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General Information

Visitors to Laos can obtain a 15 days tourist visa from the Lao Embassy or consulate office abroad and upon arrival at the Vientiane Wattay Airport, Luang Prabang Airport, Pakse Airport and at the following international border check points:

China-Laos     :     Yunan-Luang Namtha via Boten
Vietnam-Laos     :     Vinh-Lak Xao, via Nam Phao
kuangchi-Dansavanh at Lao Bao Nge An to Xiegkhouang at Nam Kane.
Thailand-Laos     :     Chiangkhong(Thailand) -Bokeo province at Houeisay Nong Khai-Vientiane at Friendship Bridge Nakhonphanom-Thakhek
Ubon Ratchathani-Champassak via Chongmek & Vang Tao


A valid passport must be presented along with payment of US$ 30 fee (in USD cash only) and 2 passport size color photos. Visitors who wish to cross Cambodia-Laos border (Steung Treng – Vernkham), will need to have visa ready prior to arrival at the border.


Lao currency is the Kip. The exchange rate as of May 2006 was approximately 10,000 Kip to one US dollar. Thai Baht and US dollars are widely accepted, especially for the purchase of more expensive goods. Credit card such as VISA., American Express and Master card are accepted in major hotels and more up-market establishments only. Traveler’s checks are only accepted by major banks, which charge a commission of  3% per check.


Laos has a hot humid tropical climate. Hot season: March and April, with the temperature often exceeding 35°C. Rainy season: May to September, with the temperature around 30°C. Cool season: October to February, with the temperature varying from 10°C to 20°C. The northern region of Laos is mostly mountainous, where the temperature at night can drop as low as the freezing point. It is advisable to bring a jacket along if visiting Xiang Khuang, Luang Prabang, Sam Neua, Phonsaly, Udomxai, Luang Namtha and Houei Xay during these months. The cool season is recommended as the best time to visit Laos.


Direct flights to Vientiane are available from Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Kunming, Chiang Mai, and Hanoi. Airlines currently operating to and from Vientiane are: Lao Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Thai Airways International. Bangkok Airways operates direct flight daily between Luang Prabang and Bangkok and PB Air one flight per week. Thai Airways operates 3 flights per week from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang. There is also direct flights between Pakse and Siem Reap operated by Lao Airlines.


Postal service in Laos is generally reliable and inexpensive, but there is no guarantee of speedy delivery to destination. Most hotels in the main cities have an IDD line but calls are expensive. Internet service is available only in major cities, such as Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse.


The departure tax for international flight is US $10, payable in that currency. The departure tax for domestic flights is 5,000 Kip.

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