Laos is a peaceful beautiful mountain country with landlock and over 7 million people! Traveling in Laos to indulge your life, in Laos please don’t Rush! people are friendly, helpful, and warm-hearted. It is also the country of Buddhism, which used to be called the country of millions of Elephants.
If you love nature, Mountain and peaceful landscape, Buddhist country too, Laos is an ideal place for you :
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It is easy to obtain on arrival at all port of entry including the most popular international airports :
• Vientiane Capital: Wattay International Airport .
• Luang Prabang : Luang Prabang International Airport .
• Pakse Internatioanl Airport in Champasak Province.
and Border Checkpoints :
1.China – Laos Border gate:
• Mohan – Botene , Yunnan to Luang Namtha Province.
2.Thailand – Laos Border gate:
• Chiangkhong – Houixay, Chiang Rai to Bokeo Province.
• Nakaxeng – Kaenthao, Loei to Sayabouly Province.
• Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I, Nongkhay-Vientiane Capital.
• Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II, Moukdahan-Savannakhet Province.
• Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge III, Nakorn Phanom-Khammouane Province.
• Chongmek – Vangtao, Ubol Ratchathani to Champasak Province.
3.Vietnam – Laos Border gate:
• Nameo – Banleui, Thanh Hoa to Huaphanh Province.
• Lao Bao – Dansavanh, Quang Tri to Savannakhet Province.
4. Cambodia – Laos Border gate:
• Dong Calor – Veun Kham, Cambodia to Champasak Province.
WHO CAN GET LAO VISA-ON-ARRIVAL?
Everyone except for citizens of the countries list under “Who cannot get Lao Visa on Arrival” below
WHO CAN’T GET LAO VISA-ON-ARRIVAL?
Travelers from the following countries are not eligible for Laos visas on arrival:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Jordan, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), Mozambique, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Syria (Syrian Arab republic), Swaziland, Tonga, Turkey, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
According to notice No. 1232 issued on 1 October 2009, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, nationals on the list above must obtain their visas at Lao Embassies or Lao Consulates abroad before enting Laos. However, there is an exception for those nationals who are on official visits and holding a guarantee from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR.
– Your original passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and a blank page for a visa sticker.
– A Visa Application Form, filled out and signed by the applicant (available at visa window at Lao ports of entry or given before landing if you are arriving by plane).
– Two (2) recent passport-type photographs (If you are unprepared (cannot provide the photo) there will be an extra fee (few dollars) for scanning your photograph from your passport, and placing it onto your visa application form).
– Visa fee (in cash) : The cost depends on which passport you are holding.
The price list is on display at the visa counter:
USA, UK or European citizen: 35 USD
Canadian: 42 USD
Sweden: 31 USD.
Australia and other countries is 30 USD
Note: On weekends, Lao public holidays, before 8 A.M and after 4 P.M weekdays, there is a $1 over time fee. In addition an entry fee (2,500 Kip or so) may be charged. All visa’s fee are payable in cash only (US dollars or Thai baht)
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Laos travel attractions:
1. Vientiane is the capital city of Laos located on a curve of the Mekong River and shares the border with Thailand. Although the largest city in Laos, it remains the feel of a sleepy, peaceful town with ancient temples and tree linear boulevards that used to be a fortified wall against foreign invasions. It’s a great place for passionate pedestrians to pleasantly explore on foot.
What to do:
the oldest temple in Vientiane, housing hundreds of Buddha images; There are lots of Temples in the Town
Wat Si Muang is the city’s most popular temple and monastery.
Haw Pha Kaew is another temple of note with a slightly less impressive history, it was built as the home of the Emerald Buddha that is now housed in Bangkok. After being destroyed in 1828, the latest reconstruction is dated 1942.
Pha That Luang:
Laos’s most important religious building and the Symbol of Laos, best seen at sundown for the effects of the sunset on its golden surface. The Black Stupa is a more authentic ancient construction
Besides the temples, Vientiane offers the Patuxai or Victory Gate, which has to rival the Arc De Triomphe in Paris. Also, a short distance from the city is Xieng Khuan or Buddha Park.
Buddha Park was created in 1958 and houses an eclectic selection of Buddha images. The Socialist-era Lao Revolutionary Museum is also worth a visit.
When to go?
Don’t drink the tap water – stick to the bottled water available everywhere. Laos’s Weather has three distinct seasons, all with their advantages and disadvantages. The best time to visit overall is the cool season, between November and February. By November, the rains are usually over, all rivers are navigable and roads are passable.
Please note that Dress decently, especially when visiting temples and mosques. If you wish to wear khakis, they should be long enough to cover the knees. A hat or umbrella is useful against the sun. Put on sunblock and moisturizer before leaving your hotel. A good pair of shoes is recommended if you wish to explore on foot.
2.Luang Prabang Travel Guide
Khuangsi Waterfalls Attractions:
Kuang Si Falls is a “must-see” attraction in Luang Prabang. The falls are truly an amazing spectacle and the biggest waterfall in Luang Prabang. This multi-tier waterfall is about 30km out of town.
To get there, you’ll have to travel by local transportation such as songthaew, tuk-tuk roughly 1 hour or by boat
The road to the falls winds through hills with spectacular natural views, including terraced rice fields, along the beautiful mountain which makes the trip a memorable one.
On the way, there is a Hmong village where the old ladies still wear Hmong traditional costumes. It is famous for its hand-woven handicrafts.
It’s worth stopping by to see the village, its handicrafts, or the way of life of the villagers. If you fancy taking photos of girls in Hmong costumes, beware that you might be asked to buy their stuff in return and some can be a little too pushy.
When you get closer to the falls you will feel that the weather is cooler and fresher, because the area is high and covered with forest!!!
The Falls: To enter Kuang Si Park everyone must pay an entry fee (20,000kip).
From the entry, you can turn right and walk through a forested area where there are enclosures housing Asian black bears rescued from poachers.
At the very bottom of the falls, there are several blue pools of water and small cascades (3-5 meters high); some of the falls are multi-tiered. Most of the pools are open for swimming (one is closed as being a sacred site) though the water is a bit cold because this area is shaded by big trees. This makes the falls a popular cool-off place among locals and tourists alike during the hot season.
There are small wooden huts to change in. Picnic benches are also available all around the park. The whole park area is shaded and cool making it perfect for a relaxing family outing and picnic. Sitting under the shade watching children swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be relaxing and enjoyable. Jumping in the pool yourself can be fun too. Just be careful to avoid hitting yourself and others
The site is well maintained with walkways and bridges to guide the visitors.
There are also trails to climb to the top of the falls where there are more natural pools for swimming. The trails are steep and can be extremely slippery, especially in the rainy season… so you’ll need proper shoes to climb to the top, but the climb is well worth the effort. However, it is not suitable for unfit people or small children. Don’t forget to take a bottle of water with you;
And If you climb up to the top at the left-hand side (of the entrance) trails you’ll arrive at a huge and very impressive pool and its source. At the top, you actually cross the top of the falls and this is a great place to get a good view down.
To recharge your energy after exhausting yourself by exploring the trails or swimming, there are many stalls selling food and drinks near the picnic area at the entrance to the falls.
In 1996, Luang Prabang was voted a World Heritage site. Luang Prabang used to be the former capital of Laos, the center of culture and religion of the Laotian people with monasteries, monuments, traditional costumes, old French houses, and beautiful scenery surrounded by mountains. Every year, Luang Prabang welcomes thousands of both domestic and international tourists, especially during its yearly celebration called Pimai Lao (or Laos New Year) in mid-April. The people are hospitalized, the atmosphere is typical, and the cultures are unspoiled.
First You should go to the old city, marked by UNESCO as a ‘historic preservation zone’. You can tour the sights, from vibrant Dala Market to Wat Xieng Thong, one of the oldest and largest temples in the town.
What to do? There are hundreds of monasteries or Temples, monuments…
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham is worth a visit, especially at dusk when you are likely to hear the murmuring chants of monks praying.
Wat Mai is the Royal Palace Museum, which is housed in a mansion that was once the royal palace. It’s interesting to see how humble and sparsely royal families once lived. Built as a residence for King Sisavang Vong and his family in 1904 by the French, like Wat Xieng Thong the palace was built on the riverfront, to be in direct view of arriving official visitors. Displaying traditional Laos motifs fused with French beaux-art styles, many of the rooms have been preserved since the day of the revolution when the royal family was forced into exile by the Pathet Lao.
It’s said that the palace is haunted by ghosts and few will venture inside after dark. Inside, the walls feature murals and paintings depicting typical Laos life. It is advisable to visit the place first to stock up on some knowledge before taking the temple tours, ultimately making them more interesting.
Phou Si Hill Standing like a guardian above Luang Prabang is surrounded by smaller temples at the lower level. A 15-minute climb to the summit leads to That Comsi, a stupa where some royal remains are kept. Sunrise or sunset is the best time to visit Phou Si. The views of the town, the Mekong River and its tributary, the Khan River, and the surrounding mountains are most striking at this vantage point. Don’t forget your camera.
Otherwise, you can enjoy some of the sights around Luang Phabang by taking a boat up the Mekong River and contemplating the hundreds of Buddhas within the holy Pak Ou caves, or traveling south through the surrounding hills to one of the area’s two major waterfalls, Kuang Si and Tad Se. Luang Nam Tha is a good base for trekking and river trips, although the town itself doesn’t have much to offer.
An easy way you soak up the town’s languid atmosphere is by wandering the streets of the old quarter at dawn, when the town’s legion of monks receives alms every early morning ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHT to start your day, or at dusk when the air fills with otherworldly chants wafting from the temples.
3. Vang Vieng Travel Guides:
Vang Vieng is a small idyllic riverside town, surrounded by the mountain, and rivers en route from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, situated in an area of beautiful karst formations, the classic South-East Asian views that dip into lovely greys and mauves as the sun sets behind them and, in front, the Nam Song River turns to black with colors rippling in its reflections.
What to do?
Highlights of Vang Vieng are cave-filled rock formations including seven major ones, from 2 to 16km away. The most interesting sites are Tham Phu Kham cave, half an hour’s spine-compacting ride away from Vang Vieng, and Tham Jang in the Vang Vieng Resort complex.
If you love adventures, taking inner tubing the river or kayaking is a very agreeable way to spend a day, picking up snacks and Beer Lao on the way. Just being there is an attraction in itself – the scenery, laid-back countryside, karst formations changing in the light conditions, and walking along the Nam Song River to have the best view and sunset in the afternoon
Take a bus or tuk-tuk to Blue Lagoon for great jumping or swimming in crystal beautiful cool water or do Ziplining
Vang Vieng is between Vientiane and Luang Prabang – by bus (Mountain road and bus conditions permitting) about 6-8 hours from Luang Prabang, around 3-4 hours from Vientiane.
Sometimes it is quite hot and humid, so You will need some light clothing in the warm months wearing long sleeves and pants is advisable due to malarial concerns. Get a good pair of walking shoes that cover your feet well.
Many Laotian roads have stones, rocks, and planks by the side ENJOY FREE BUMP MASSAGE. Also, some areas are muddy and some swampy areas have leeches. So be prepared with leech socks as well.
Carry a disinfectant with you. These things are not easily available in village areas.
A good camera goes a long way! And lots of films. Slide film is also recommended.
Digital Camera and Memory Cards Analog Camera and films/slides