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ABOUT LAOS

ABOUT LAOS

Landlocked Laos is one of Asia's most enchanting destinations. Stunning natural beauty--think mist-shrouded mountain peaks flanked by jungle-clad valleys--combine with a fascinating Buddhist culture to make Laos a superb destination for backpackers and independent travellers, while luxury tourists are also well-catered for. Communist Laos flung open its doors to tourism in the early 1990s and the decades since have witnessed a steady growth in traveller numbers. The country is changing fast, but pockets remain well off-the-beaten-track, ready to be explored by the adventurous few who are willing to forego the usual tourist luxuries. Those who want to experience a real taste of rural Southeast Asian life will be delighted. Our Laos travel guide is here to help you get the most out of each a

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LAOS VISA

LAOS VISA

Laos eVisa Application The Laos visa online application form simplifies the process of obtaining permission to visit the country . Applicants are able to complete their online Laos visa form from the comfort of their home or office. Travelers will need an Internet connection and a computer, laptop, mobile or tablet to access the online visa application for Laos. In order to successfully complete a visa application for Laos online the traveler needs to provide some personal information . This includes: Full Name Address Age Gender Nationality Applicants must also have a valid passport to apply for the Laos eVisa Approval Letter . The Laos eVisa form requires the applicant to provide their passport details.How to Apply for a Laos Visa? There are three ways that visitors can obtain a Laos vis

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LAOS FOR BIGINNERS

LAOS FOR BIGINNERS

Currency Lao currency is called kip (LAK). The exchange rate is around 8,000-9,000 to US$1. US cash and Thai baht is commonly used for larger purchases. Kip is a non-convertible currency, meaning once you have left Laos, it's useful only as wallpaper. Banks outside Laos will not accept nor exchange kip. International access ATMs dispensing US dollars can be found in most major tourist centres across the country. Safety Despite being one of the poorer nations on earth, Laos is a very safe country to travel in. Petty theft, particularly the snatch and grab variety, is a bit of a problem, but only really in the capital Vientiane. Drugs are readily available in some centres, notably Vang Vieng . Partakers should exercise a great degree of care as overdoses and deaths are not unheard of -- not

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LAOS CURRENCY & EXCHANGE

LAOS CURRENCY & EXCHANGE

Exchange rates, Credit Cards, ATMs, Western Union and MonyGram in Laos On this page you will find information about money maters including Laos currency exchange info, ATM, Credit cards and so on. The official Lao currency is Lao Kip, denoted by the ISO code LAK . Currencies that are good to carry to Laos The best currencies to carry for changing to Lao Kip are US dollars (best), Thai Baht (very good) , Euros (very good) , UK pounds (good), and Canadian and Australian dollars (good). US dollars and Thai Baht can be exchanged almost everywhere (in markets, mini markets and smaller stores in provinces) and can pay for large purchases, while other international currencies can only be exchanged at banks and some licensed moneychangers in major towns. For a list of currencies that can be exchan

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Weather in Laos

Weather in Laos

Wet season in Laos The wet season in Laos runs from around May to October, and as with many Southeast Asian countries, the monsoon is characterised by a downpour for a few hours each day, rather than all-day torrential downpours. While the rainy season tends to strike Laos pretty much uniformally, there are a couple of regional oddities. Laos' wet season tends to hit Phongsali a little early due to it catching a bit of rain from southern China, while Hua Phan and Xieng Khuang tend to get a little early rain from Vietnam. Generally speaking, the higher you are, the more rain you get, and the towns along the Mekong River south of Vientiane get the least rain. As with Cambodia, the most obvious effect of the wet season is damaged infrastructure. Landslides are common, as are severely rutted r

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DOS &DONTS

DOS &DONTS

TRADITION & CULTURE Do and Don't in Laos tour Laos is a beautiful ancient country in Indochina region. This Buddha country also has a lot of Do and Don't things to concern when tourists have a visit here. These following 10 things will help tourist have deep understanding about Laos culture. 1. DO * Take off shoes : Like Cambodia, Laos also has this way of showing politeness. When you enter a Lao person's home, you should take off shoes because people believe shoes will bring dirty and unlucky into house. If you visit temple or pagodas, you also should leave shoes outside to express your respect to Buddhist. * Smile and say "Sah-bai-dee" : a smile in this friendly country is very necessary. Laos people don't say hello and shake hands but touch their balms together blow chins and nod their

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North or south?

North or south?

Laos may be small but this landlocked nation is richly diverse. Its modest population of 6.5 million people is one of the most ethnically diverse in Southeast Asia, with 86 living languages and 49 official ethnicities. The geography also varies greatly, from the open plains and plateaus of the south, through to the north, with its impenetrably high mountain ranges; the capital city Vientiane acts as the dividing hub in the centre. hough the distances you might wish to travel in Laos can seem small, don't underestimate the amount of time needed to travel from point A to point B. We've seen proposed itineraries that go from Luang Prabang to Pakse by road in a day (tip: do NOT use Google Maps when calculating travel time) or one week plans that include trekking in Nong Kiaow, tubing in Vang V

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