Laos Travel Guide A Vagabond Life
Lovely Laos is just a gem and one of my favourite places on earth. We have travelled the length of this lovely country by boat, bus and mini van, it is such a special country to visit. Luang Pra Bang in the north is a great place to hang out for a few days and popular with travellers coming down the Mekong on a river boat. The Slow Boat trip from Huay Xia to Luang Pra Bang is highly recommended.
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Laos Travel Guides
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Language: Laotian (Official), French
Five Quick Facts About Travelling In Laos
- Visa are required for citizens of most countries however nationals of many countries can obtain a visa on arrival or an e-visa – SEE VISA TAB
- Avoid mosquito bites. Dengue and malaria are both prevalent in Laos so use a repellent with deet in it and cover up in light coloured clothing. Malaria is a risk in all of Laos with the highest risk area in the south.
- Laos full name is Laos Peoples Democratic Republic (PDR) many people joke the PDR actually stands for Please Don’t Rush – which is true…nothing happens quickly in PDR. Everything goes a bit slower so be prepared to wait…for pretty much everything.
- The transport system is good with buses or mini vans running to most parts of the country. On the busy ‘tourist’ routes there are VIP tourist buses which are modern and clean and move along relatively quickly. On roads less travelled the buses are old and slow, the roads in poor condition BUT the locals are marvellous and will share food and laughs with you.
- Do not go off the beaten track! The American campaign against Laos in the 1960’s and 70’s has left thousands of un-exploded, un-mapped landmines across Laos. Stick to well mapped and travelled paths to avoid the mines. Laos has the dubious record of being the most bombed country in the world per capita when the US waged a secret war against them.