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Laos Travel Guide

Laos is the type of place that can project feelings of being transported into another time, a country as exotic as it is utterly intriguing. With its culturally diverse native tribal groups and varied ethnicities, Laos is the destination for you to encounter unique experiences. Most importantly: Lao cuisine is simply delectable. So, what are you waiting for?

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The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to August

    Laos position means the temperature throughout the year is relatively enjoyable, however, the reason that travellers flock to Laos is mostly due to the pleasant temperature. Also, the higher the altitude, the lower the temperatures will so make sure you pack accordingly. Christmas and New Year’s Eve in December always sees a rise in visitors, so it is best to book well in advance. Notable festivals that you might want to consider include Chinese and Vietnamese New Year celebrations in Vientiane, Pakse and Savannakhet where you will encounter vibrant street parties and of course – fireworks aplenty.

  2. Low Season

    April to August

    Over the months of April to July is when temperatures start to rise, and travellers may find themselves sweltering in the 40°C average temperatures. But, if you’re not afraid of the warm weather, you can feel free to explore Laos during this time. Yes, this is the rainy season and your adventures will mostly be unbothered by rainfall, yet visitors must be aware that rainfall may cause some roads or unpaved areas to require itineraries to be rerouted. While the months of April to August are known as the low season, travellers should be aware that August is when most Europeans take their vacation along with many university students. Best to book ahead to avoid higher prices. 

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FAQs about Laos

  • Do you tip in Laos?

    There isn’t much of a tipping culture in Laos, but it is recommended to leave a tip of 10% in a restaurant, although service charge can already be included on the bill. Of course, it will always be appreciated. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web when in Laos. WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free, but outside urban areas, this is not as common.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    No. Buy bottled water, or you can boil the tap water or use water purification pills.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Laos. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Laos celebrates New Year’s Day on January 1, Lao New Year between April 16-18, Labour Day May 1, That Luang Festival on November 22 and Lao National Day on December 03. 
  • What are the toilets like?

    Toilets in Laos range from squat toilets to sit down ones, depending on the type of establishment. Mid-range and luxury accommodations, as well as restaurants and top attractions, favour the modern sit down toilets. Carry your own toilet paper.
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