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  • Background info
  • Festivals Laos
    The number of festivals in Laos is incredible. It seems that somewhere there is always something going on, especially during the cooler season between November and February. Many festivals are linked to Buddhist rituals (such ...
  • Food and drinks Laos
    Food is important for everyone, but in Southeast Asia it is often elevated to a lifestyle. In social life, food is also important. Many people do not eat at regular times: they eat when they're ...
  • Landscape Laos
    Laos, with its capital Vientiane, is sandwiched between China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The lack of a coastline is one of the reasons that the isolation of Laos has remained for centuries. The area ...
  • Population Laos
    The population of Laos has only 4.5 million people (21 per sq km, not very densely populated). While neighbouring Thailand is a reasonably developed country with good infrastructure and large cities, Laos is a country ...
  • Tipping Laos
    Tipping advice in Asia varies. In most countries, including Laos, it is not essential but most appreciated. For waiters, luggage porters, chambermaids, coach drivers, taxi drivers and tour guide(s) gratuities are a nice addition to ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information Laos
    Visa information: It is your own responsibility to ensure you have a valid passport and visa if need be. At present, a visa is required for most EU citizens to enter into Laos. The visa can ...
  • Communication Laos
    * Post: Sending mail from Laos to Europe may take a while. * E-mail: In Laos, this is available in Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Many hotels also have internet facilities. * Phone: For international calls you must ...
  • Other info Laos
    The cultural differences between Europeans and Asians from the Mekong region are so great that an entire book could be devoted to the subject. Below are a few hand-picked points, which will help you as ...
  • Luggage and clothing Laos
    Laos is a tropical country. Therefore, take thin cotton clothes. For the evening, a high-necked T-shirt with long sleeves or a thin cotton sweater is handy as protection against mosquitoes. Take note that it is ...
  • Money Laos
    The Lao currency is the Kip (LAK). There are no coins in circulation. The money starts with notes of 500 Kip, followed by 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000 and 20,000. In shops and restaurants they will ...