Laos Travel Advice

Laos Travel Advice

General travel information for Laos

Continent: Asia

Geographical location: South Asia, Vietnamese peninsula

Highest elevation: Phu Bia (2820 m above sea level)

Longest river: Mekong (1898 km)

Form of government: People’s Republic System of

Government: Socialist one-party system

Languages: Lao

Neighboring countries: Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia

Capital: Vientiane

Area: Approx. 240,000 km²

Residents: Approx. 7 million people (2017)

Population density: 30 people per km²

Religions: Approx. 66.3% Buddhists, 30.7% followers of ethnic religions, 1.5% Christians, and 0.9% non-denominational

Currency: Kip (LAK); 1 euro is approximately 9.4 KIP. Travel

Climate: Tropical

Time zone: UTC + 7

Area code: +856

Country code: LA, LAO, 418

Electricity: In Laos, the type A, B, C, E and F sockets are used. The mains voltage is 230 V with a 50 Hz change interval. A travel plug adapter is an advantage.

Medical information for Laos

For legal reasons, we as a tour operator are not allowed to communicate any binding medical information for Laos and therefore refer to the information provided by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Robert Koch Institute and the German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health

Streets in Laos

Laos has 13,000 kilometers of roads, but only 1,700 of them are paved. In addition, the road conditions leave a lot to be desired and fit into the Asian street scene. There is right-hand traffic throughout Laos. Most cities are connected by public buses. There are few private cars in the country, which is why many locals tend to take buses or hitchhike on trucks. In larger cities, Laotians mostly use mopeds and bicycles if they can afford it.

Public holidays

The official holidays in Laos include the New Year (January 1st). Pi Mai, the Lao New Year, which usually takes place in April and is calculated according to the lunar calendar. Labor Day (May 1st) and the national holiday (December 2nd) are celebrated with solemnity. If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be moved to the preceding or the following working day. A religious holiday is Boun Bang Fai, which celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. Another holiday follows in July: Khao Phansa, which marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent and Ork Phansa, the end of Lent, usually at the end of October. These celebrations are extensively celebrated with offerings: food and rice wine. Another festival known as the so-called cord tying ceremony,

If you want to know more about the individual holidays, please contact us at any time, because Laos offers a huge variety of celebrations that have to be recalculated every year. because they are based on the lunar calendar.

Laos Travel Advice