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Welcome to Laos, A landlocked Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries.

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​Laos official language: Lao // Country Capital: Vientiane // Approximate population: 6.85 Million // Average monthly salary:  $200 USD // Currency: Lao Kip // Government type: People's Democratic Republic: Current Prime Minister: Thongloun Sisoulith // Emergency Phone Numbers: Police 191 Tourist Police 192 , Fire 190, Medical 195 // Tourists can get a 30 day VISA with a possibility of an extension.  Visa on arrival is pretty easy & straightforward. $35 USD at the airport.

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Power Source and outlets:  Voltage: 230 V / Frequency: 50 Hz / Power sockets: Type A/B/C/E/F
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SIM CARDS:  

As usual, in order to use your personal cell phone in another country with a local SIM Card, you have to have your own device UNLOCKED.  In general, you should not have any issues getting a SIM card in Laos, you might not even have to show your passport.


DRINKING WATER:

Never drink tap water.
Bottled water is generally safe, but do check the seal is intact at purchase.


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

Laos is a landlocked country, so the only means of entering or exiting the country is via ground or air.


Laos Border Crossing,  Popular route:

  1. Thailand: Via the Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge - Transport options are available by Train/Sleeper Train.
  •  ​​Here again is SEAT61, with an excellent source of information for traveling in and out of LAOS.  SEAT61 Direct Web Link 

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CULTURE & ETIQUETTE TIPS IN LAOS:

  • ​Appearance is important in Lao society. Conservative dress is recommended, and tourists should keep in mind that the Lao dislikes foreigners that come to their country and dress in what they deem a disrespectful manner.  Men keep your shirts on, ladies should refrain from wearing beach wear on the streets.
  • Head being the highest point of the body are considered sacred, avoid touch people head.  Feet being the lowest part of the body are considered low and unclean – careful not to step over any part of people who are sitting or lying on the floor, as this is also considered rude.
  • ​The very useful phrase to remember is the standard Lao greeting of sabai dee, literally meaning ‘it goes well’.
  • ​Formal gesture called the nop — press your hands together as if praying and bow your head slightly. This is somewhat the equivalent of shaking hands and should be used when meeting someone new.
  • Sexuality is strongly frown upon public displays of affection, this includes holding hands.
  • Women must behave modestly when interacting with monks and are strictly prohibited from touching Buddhists or their robes.  Cover shoulders when visiting temples.


UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF LAOS:

  1. ​​Town of Luang Prabang:  Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions. -  Google Maps

  2. Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape:​   The Champasak cultural landscape, including the Vat Phou Temple complex, is a remarkably well-preserved planned landscape more than 1,000 years old. It was shaped to express the Hindu vision of the relationship between nature and humanity, using an axis from mountain top to river bank to lay out a geometric pattern of temples, shrines and waterworks extending over some 10 km.  -  Google Maps


A FEW PLACES TO VISIT WHILE IN LAOS:

Vientiane:  (Capital)

  1. Wat Si Saket:  Wat Si Saket located in Vientiane is famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images and rows with hundreds of seated Buddhas. -  Google Maps
  2. Patuxai:  A war monument in the centre of Vientiane, Laos, which was built between 1957 and 1968. The Patuxai is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.  - Google Maps
  3. ​That Dam:  A large stupa located in Vientiane, Laos. Many Laotians believe it is inhabited by a seven-headed nāga who tried to protect them from an invasion by the Siamese army in 1827.  -  Google Maps
  4. Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan):  A famous park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. It was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism.  -  Google Maps

Luang Prabang:  (More Popular Destination)

  1. ​​Mount Phou Si:  A 100m high hill in the center of the old town of Luang Prabang. It lies in the heart of the old town peninsula and is bordered on one side by the Mekong River and on the other side by the Nam Khan River.  Spectacular views. -  Google Maps
  2. Wat Xieng Thong:  Luang Prabang's best-known monastery is centred on a 1560 sǐm . Its roofs sweep low to the ground and there's a stunning 'tree of life' mosaic set on its west exterior wall.  -  Google Maps

Other Towns:

  1. ​Bolaven Plateau and Tad Fane Waterfall :  The Bolaven Plateau is filled with appealing cultural and geographical areas of interest. Whether it is a boat trip to one of the many waterfalls that occupy the region, a tour of the countless coffee plantations, an elephant day trek, or visiting one of the unique villages of the ethnic minorities, a journey to the Plateau has many educational and interesting opportunities for tourists.  - Google Maps


NIGHTLIFE IN LAOS:

Vientiane

  1. ​Samlo Pub - Bar - Google Maps
  2. ​Marina Night Club  -  Night Club  -  Google Maps
  3. The Spirit House  -  Restaurant and Bar  -  Google Maps
  4. ​O'Grady's Irish Pub and Restaurant  - Pub -  Google Maps

Luang Prabang

  1. ​Utopia  -  Eat, Drink, Relax, Bar  -  Google Maps
  2. Tangor Restaurant Bar & Lounge -  Restaurant, Bar, Lounge  -  Google Maps
  3. Icon Klub  -  Bar  -  Google Maps

Vang Vieng

  1. ​Sakura Bar  -  Tourist, Local, Backpackers Party BAR  -  Google Maps




INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS OF LAOS:


1: Wattay International Airport - Vientiane - VTE -  Google Maps

(Within a 20 KM Radius)


HEALTHCARE IN VIENTIANE:

  1. Mahosot Hospital:  14 Min 6 KM -  Google Maps


COWORKING SPACES IN VIENTIANE:

  1. ​Toh-Lao:  11 Min  5 KM -  Google Maps -  Tel:  +856 30 53 29 008​


HOSTELS IN VIENTIANE:

  1. Funky Monkey Hostel:  11 Min  5 KM  -  Google Maps

  2. Vientiane Backpackers Hostel:  ​12 Min  5 KM -  Google Maps

  3. ​Dream Hostel and Pool: 15 Min  6 KM -  Google MapsTel: +856 20 95 591 102

  4. Orange Backpacker Hostel: 21 Min  9 KM -  Google Maps - Tel: +856 20 22 455 588




​2: Luang Prabang International Airport - Luang Prabang - LPQ - Google Maps

(Within a 20 KM Radius)​  - You can get a sim card and change money with decent rates


HEALTHCARE IN LUANG PRABANG:

  1. ​Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital:  17 Min 8 Km -  ​Google Maps -  Tel: +856 71254 027


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HOSTELS IN LUANG PRABANG:

  1. ​​Kounsavan Guest House:  13 Min  6 KM -  Google Maps
  2. ​​LPQ Backpackers Hostel:  13 Min 6 KM -  Google Maps -  Tel:  +856 20 91 138 686
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