November to January is the best time to visit lowland Laos, when daytime temperatures are agreeably warm, evenings are slightly chilly and the countryside is green and lush after the rains. However, at higher elevations temperatures are significantly cooler, sometimes dropping to freezing point.
Citizens of ASEAN, Japan, South Korea, Russia and Switzerland enjoy visa-free access to Laos. Most other nationalities can obtain 30-day-tourist visas on arrival (EU citizens, North Americans and Australians) at international airports and international border crossings. The visa fee is between US$30 and US$42 in cash depending on nationality
Medical care in Laos is generally poor; parts of Laos are very remote and medical care limited. Travel insurance is a good idea when thinking about travelling to Laos.
Laos would be one of the safest countries in Asia, however, crime rates are on the rise, particularly petty theft (bag stanching, break and entering). While going on vacation in Laos, it’s best to keep a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport and credit cards numbers separate from the originals in a safe place.
The easiest and quickest way to get into Laos is to fly. There are three main international airports in Laos, with Vientiane being the main gateway into the country.
Vientiane is the only city with a network of local buses, though, with the limited routes, buses is not much used by travelers. Vientiane has a handful of taxis that are used by foreign business people and the occasional tourists, while in other cities a taxi of sort can be arranged.
Sticky rice is considered as Laos’ traditional food. It is traditional steamed in a cone-shaped bamboo basket and served in small woven basket, you can enjoy it with other food and sauces.
Free wi-fi is pretty standard these days and available in many guests houses, hotels and cafes in main tourist destinations around Laos.
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