Laos

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Laos is the sleeping beauty of South East Asia. Due to decades of isolation, tourism in Laos is still undiscovered compared to neighboring countries. The Laotians value a traditional way of life and that is why life there - even in the capital Vientiane - is very relaxed. The hospitality of the local population makes you feel immediately welcome in Laos and you are invited to immerse yourself in the culture and nature of the country.

The Laotians are some of the friendliest people in Southeast Asia. Laos has a rich culture and history and while traveling here, you will notice that nature is always nearby. Whether going on a trek or during a cruise on the Mekong River, you will experience the natural beauty of Laos.

Not-to-be-missed highlights include the beautiful temples of Luang Prabang, the Bolaven Plateau, and - somewhat surprising for a land that has been landlocked for a long time - the 4,000 sleepy islands of Si Phan Don, which are surrounded by the mighty Mekong River that flows south. A mysterious part of Laos is the Plain of Jars in the northeast. Mysterious because no one knows how and why these thousands of pitchers ended up here.

Laos holidays

Best of Luang Prabang

4 Days / 3 nights
Starting from: $1,600 USD per person

Luang Prabang is one of the most well-known places in Laos for travellers, but our Best of Luang Prabang tour will take you to some off the beaten path places and you will have some very unique experiences that most travellers won't get to experience.

Classic Laos

7 days / 6 nights
Starting from: $1,620 USD per person

Laos, a country so undiscovered but worth the visit! Our Classic Laos tour will take you to some of the most beautiful landscapes of the country, including a visit to the Kuang Si Waterfall and a private boat tour on the Mekong Delta. This tour will trigger your senses and spirituality.

Pure Laos

14 Days / 13 nights
Starting from: $3,875 USD per person

Our Pure Laos tour will introduce you to this beauty in South-East Asia. Laos is so underrated if you ask us and it is truly magical and unique. Our Pure Laos tour will take you to some of the highlights but you will also get to experience the local life and interact with the different tribes living in the country.

Practical information

Itineraries While it is our intention to adhere to the route described in your contract, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.
The contract is a general guide to the tour, region and proposed itinerary any mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be encountered, as we can never guarantee what mother nature has to offer us.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Accommodation If a hotel is unexpectedly fully booked, we will always contact you before booking an alternative. We will always offer alternatives of the same level and value for money. Kindly note that water is scarce in many parts of the world, so we always recommend taking short showers and reuse towels if possible.

Emergency Contact Should you need to contact Your Travel Nation during a situation of dire need. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. We have an emergency line, which will connect you directly with our office.
+1 757 656 3391

Luggage You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be restricted to one medium-sized rolling bag, duffle bag or backpack, maximum 15kg, plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited.

Packing list
Documents:

• Flight info (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the immigration)
• Insurance info (With photocopies)
• Passport  (With photocopies)
• Required visas or vaccination certificates  (With photocopies)
• Copy of your contract

Essentials:
• Any medication you might need: This should include medication for possible common situations like headaches or diarrhea;
• Sunblock, sunglasses, hat, and lip balm.
• Your electronic devices and chargers.
For camera and lenses; we recommend bringing a wide lens (about 17-55mm) for those scenery pictures; Renting a camera is not possible. Please ensure your camera equipment is appropriate for different weather conditions and that you bring dry bags to protect it.
• Clothes: Comfortable and casual clothing, with khaki, beige or green colors. You should pack T-shirts, shirts with long sleeves, jeans, a sweater and a jacket (for the cold mornings), swimwear (if the accommodation you selected has a pool or if you do a beach extension), and comfortable hiking shoes;
• Insect repellent;
• Refill water bottle
• Adaptor for A, B, C, E, and F type plugs.

Laundry Hand washing of clothes can be done at most of the hotels where you will stay. We recommend you bring a non-polluting/biodegradable soap, as well as a roll of simple string to act as a drying line for your clothes. If you arrive in the late afternoon, or if there is poor weather, it may not be possible for your clothes to completely dry. Your hotels may also have a laundry service available at an additional fee.

Visa & Entry requirements Your passport must have at least six months validity remaining from the date of entry and at least two blank visa pages. Tourist Visas are required. Tourist visas on arrival are available at certain ports of entry, and generally permit a stay of 30 days.

Insurance A travel insurance is highly recommended when traveling. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that we highly recommend good medical coverage and repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage, and personal effects.
We don’t issue any insurances; however, we recommend using www.worldnomads.com

Health We recommend you contact your family physician, or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least three months before departure or in case of a last-minute tour, as soon as you confirm your travels. Travellers are also advised to carry a basic first-aid kit and hand sanitizers/antibacterial wipes on their travels. Medical facilities are basic throughout these countries. For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you advise your local guide of any medical condition that may affect you while travelling. Your local guide will be able to inform you of local health advisories (e.g. drinking water quality). Please ensure you have all the inoculations recommended by your doctor.

Allergies and dietary restrictions This is something we take very seriously. Upon booking with us, we will send you a form in which you will be able to indicate any dietary preference or restriction or any specific request you might have. We will then provide that information in advance to all the hotels.

Safety and Security Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. 
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, bank cards, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of your group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local guides have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Photography and drone laws Please refrain from taking photos of police stations, airports, bus stations, immigration or border crossings, army barracks and personnel, or any government building. It is against the law and will result in the minimum of your film and camera being confiscated. Drone use is allowed in Laos but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country.

Electricity In Laos the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, E, and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Religion Buddhism is the largest religion in Laos.

Climate Laos has a tropical climate, with a pronounced rainy season from May through October, a cool dry season from November through February, and a hot dry season in March and April. Generally, monsoons occur at the same time across the country, although that time may vary significantly from one year to the next.

Best time to visit If you intend to see a bit of everything, you need to work around the regional weather differences. Overall, autumn (Sept-Dec) and spring (March and April) are probably the most favorable seasons if you’re planning to cover the whole country.

Plastic bags Plastic bags are not banned from entering Laos. However, plastics carrier items known as “Ziplock bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be preferred as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country. 

Money and currency The Laotian Kip is the currency of Laos. You can convert USD, Euros or Pounds into the local currencies at the local banks or withdraw directly from the ATM.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. We always recommend carrying enough cash in case you would like to pay for something in a remote place and the credit card machine is not able to connect to any network. Please keep in mind that credit- or debit card payments may be subject to an extra charge, varying from 3% - 4%. 

Dress code Laos is a conservative country, so it's important to dress conservatively while traveling around the country. The dress code is a little more relaxed in major cities, but don't wear short-shorts, low-cut tops, or revealing dresses to the local fish market.

Why book with us?

Great value for money

With our partners being on the ground and getting the best prices for you, we assure you that our prices are unbeatable.

Travel with Care

Not only do we care about our guests and their experience, the world itself is one of our main concerns.

Customised itineraries

Everyone is different and therefore no request is too crazy. Customise your trip down to the finest detail.

Need any help booking? Call us anytime: +1 (757)-656-3391