Laos is Asia’s diamond in the rough. Far less visited than other countries in Indochina, Laos offers exotic foods, incredible natural landscapes, and diverse culture. There’s plenty of opportunities for adventure – from canoeing down a river in an underground cave to trekking through the water of the 100 Waterfalls. Travelers will fall in love wandering to remote areas shrouded in both natural beauty and remnants of a historic past.
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- Vieng Xai Caves
The mystical and mysterious Vieng Xai Caves are a true testament to the determination and resilience of the Laotian people. The intricate cave system carved into massive limestone rocks lies in a remote region of the country, not far from the Vietnamese border. Nestled amid a quiet town on a road that literally has no name, it’s hard to believe that only a few decades ago nearly 20,000 people called these caves home, taking shelter from American aerial bombs. The Laotian people created an entire city in these limestone karsts, which included hospitals, schools, and markets to buy goods.
- Kuang Si Falls
Relax in nature at the beautiful Kuang Si Falls! Like many of Laos’ hidden gems, the falls are a bit off the beaten path – which makes the trip even more worthwhile! Hike the trails for amazing views of the adjacent mountains. Stand underneath a waterfall on a hot day, and experience the thrill of cascading water as it tumbles onto you from the falls above. Wade in the many pools of blue-green water. Don’t forget your camera – you’ll have beautiful photos to look back on long after you return from your incredible trip!
- Plain of Jars
What happened here is still up to speculation, but the conclusion is unanimous – the Plain of Jars is unlike anything else. Thousands of jars placed in clusters can be found scattered throughout the Xiangkhoang Plateau. The “jars” are made from rock, and are believed to be anywhere from 1,500 – 2,000 years old. Not much is known about their purpose or origins. Some say they collected rainwater that was used by travelers on a trade route. In return for a refreshing drink, travelers left prayer beads in the jars. Another story claims the jars were used as funeral urns for human remains. No matter which story you believe, a trip to this vast plain will surely be a unique experience that you won’t forget!
- Luang Prabang
Laos’ bustling capital city is the perfect fusion of history, tradition, and culture. Join monks and locals in the centuries-old tradition of almsgiving as the sun comes over the horizon. Ride a bike down narrow alleys, where you can shop for artisan goods and sample local rice wine. Ascend the 328 stairs to the top of Mount Phousi for a panoramic view of the city, rivers, and mountains. Visit the Royal Palace Museum, the former home of King Sisavang Vong. Inside, you will find precious artifacts and the crown jewels of former royals.
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|Entry requirements||Please see our Entry Requirements page.|
There are no health requirements for entering Laos, however, it is highly recommended that you ask you doctor about obtaining malaria suppressants and possible vaccinations for hepatitis and typhoid. Bring along plenty of insect repellent and cover any wounds with a bandage. Seek medical aid if bitten by an animal.
November through March are the best months for travel in Laos although it can still be hot and humid in some areas. The months of July and August are tolerable. April and May bring the hot season to Laos, where the thermostat can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and September and October is the monsoon season.
|What to wear||
Please be sure to have respectable attire for visits to temples and religious sites—wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we suggest that you carry a small folding umbrella. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken-in, not brand-new) walking shoes, consider taking both pairs. Plan to dress in layers, so you can adjust your wardrobe according to the weather conditions of the moment. Remember that comfort and convenience should dictate your wardrobe for the tour, and casual clothes are in order for most every occasion as you travel.
|Money & Credit Cards||
The local currency in Laos is the Lao Kip. Most upscale hotels and some stores and restaurants accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. dollars. We highly recommend that you bring crisp, new bills in small denominations. Old, torn, crumpled bills are not always accepted. Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted in Laos. If you intend to use traveler’s checks, please verify that they are still accepted in the places visited in this program.
Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.
You will certainly have time for shopping. The best buys in Laos are handicrafts and textiles. The Lao sarong or pha sin made from silk or cotton is a popular souvenir. Other souvenirs to look out for include silverware, in particular from Luang Prabang, and wood carvings.
Your guides will no doubt have some favorite shopping places, where the vendors are known, provide good quality merchandise and probably pay some sort of commission from sales to the guide. This should not surprise or offend you. This is how business is done throughout the world. But do beware when you shop, especially if you are buying jewelry or other valuable items. If you plan to buy jewelry or other expensive items, be sure to inspect the items before you leave the store. Most stores will not allow you to return or exchange purchased items.
|Electricity & Power Adapters||
230 volts. Plugs A & C. Some outlets are a combination of type A and C and can accept either type plug. Plug G may be found in some hotels. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
Learn more about electrical standards around the world.
|Cell Phones & Internet||
Major hotels throughout Laos have Business Centres with PCs connected to the Internet and most now some wireless broadband access. Check with reception for fares (often free of charge) and facilities. Cyber cafes are easily found in major towns and cities and prices are reasonable. In many Internet cafes, you can buy pre-paid international phone cards to dial from a computer to landlines or mobile phones worldwide. Most Internet cafes are equipped with webcams, headsets and microphones.
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