With its lush and pristine landscape up-and-coming Laos sometimes feels like visiting a fairytale. Amazing cliffs, the jungle and the Mekong River – a detour off the beaten track always pays off. The country surely combines some of the best elements Southeast Asia has to offer. Besides the spectacular landscape and attractions, a village homestay gives one the opportunity to also experience the “real Laos”. Lao people are open and welcoming hosts, giving you the opportunity to get to know their culture and century-old traditions and heritage by sharing their lives.
How to get there by plane?
We recommend to either fly to Wattay International Airport (Vientiane) or to Luang Prabang International Airport. Both cities are a good starting point for further travels.
How to get there by land?
Several border crossings also allow you to travel to Laos via land. From China you go via Botene and from Myanmar choose Xieng Kok. From Vietnam and Thailand a high number of crossings are available. We recommend Lao Bao (Vietnam) or the Friendship Bridge 1 (Thailand). Make sure the crossing you choose also offers visa on arrival. Not all of them do.
A visa on arrival can easily be issued directly at the airport or border crossings. Your passport determines the fee you have to pay (approx. 25 – 35 $ / person). A service fee (1$) will also be charged. The tourist visa is valid for 15 days and the visitor visa is valid for 30 days. Some countries do not need a visa if you travel up to 14 days.
The Laos cuisine has many regional variations caused by the fresh foods available in each region. French influences can still be noticed in the capital city Vientiane where baguettes are sold on the street and French restaurants are very common and popular. The Laos cuisine often also reminds one of Thai cuisine. Fresh ingredients are an absolute must!
Luang Prabang in north central Laos sits right next to the Mekong and the Khan river. With its 33 temples saffron-clad monks are a firm part of the cityscape as well as lush nature.
The small city Vang Vieng lies between Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos. It once used to be THE place in Laos to party. Today it has become a lot more quiet and most tourists come because of the stunning scenery surrounding the place.
On the banks of the Mekong river and near the border to Thailand lies the capital of Laos – Vientiane. It is the largest city in Laos and therefore also the hub for commerce and administration.
The small town Thakhek in south-central Laos is the starting point for “The Thakhek Loop” – a 3-4 day motorbike tour leading you to all sights in the area. It is the best way to enjoy the stunning landscape and to explore central Laos in a very special way.