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Laos Government:

December 5th, 2017

Laos Government structure approved,Government bodies, Members of National Assembly and Ministers


City bus, Vientiane Capital:

November 26th, 2017

When/where and how to catch a city bus in Vientiane - know before you go can make a difference on your bus travel experience


Laos Festivals and Events - Lao New Year, Boat race festival..:

November 11th, 2017

Laos Festivals spread out year round, the majority of these festivals are based in the Buddhist faith and have been celebrated with enthusiasm since ancient days


Laos Culture:

November 7th, 2017

Laos Culture is rich which related to Theravada Buddhism with influences extending from lifestyle to art and architecture, as goes with alms giving every morning upon sunrise


Laos Wedding - an insight on Lao traditions and customs:

November 7th, 2017

A traditional Laos wedding is usually held at the bride's family home which involves a Baci ceremony followed by reception party in late morning or evening


Baci Preparation - Making marigold pyramid (Pha Khuan) and all accessories:

November 7th, 2017

Baci preparation requires quite a lot of work including putting together a Pha Khuan and this in its self had many details


Baci Ceremony - Laos national custom of blessing:

November 7th, 2017

Baci Ceremony or Sou Khuan is specific ceremony in Laos, involves the tying of white cotton strings around persons' wrists, prayer saying and well wishing for the person that the Baci is intended for


Pha That Luang and its history:

November 5th, 2017

Pha That Luang, the golder 45 metres hight Stupa, was originally built sometime between 9th and 14th centuries or during the ancient Khmer civilisation


Laos Facts - helpful and need to know facts about Laos:

November 1st, 2017

Quick Laos Facts - helpful information about the country. Learning the facts about Laos before you travel to the country can help ease your travel planning


About Laos - Background information on Laos:

November 1st, 2017

This provides a brief background information about Laos


Lao Language - Its history, alphabet and numbers:

November 1st, 2017

Lao language, or simply refer to as Lao, is the main language of Laos (or Lao PDR) that has long history. Its written form was developed from Thum script that is used in Buddist writing & teaching.


Learn Lao - Useful Lao phases and Lao language learning resources:

November 1st, 2017

Practical Lao phases can help you to learn Lao language more easily. Grab the phases and practice them with your Lao friends or with the locals when you travel to Laos they will be impressed


Laos China bus service:

October 30th, 2017

Travelers can travel China bus to/from Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Oudomsay, Luang Namtha or other places in Laos


Cross Country Bus - Laos:

October 29th, 2017

Laos cross country bus service is one of the best ways to explore the country - another way to look at Laos in different perspective


Laos-Vietnam bus service:

October 28th, 2017

Laos-Vietnam bus service is available through out Laos from north through south, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang, Houaphanh, Xiengkhuang, Vientiane Capital, Khammuane, Savannakhet, Champasak, Attapeu


Laos - Cambodia Bus:

October 22nd, 2017

Laos - Cambodia Bus service gives travelers more choices to travel between the two countries, reasonably comfortable and cheap


Travel by Bus into and around Laos:

October 20th, 2017

All the basic you need to know to travel by bus into Laos from its neighbor countries. Busing around Laos? Yes, that's also covered


Laos Tourist Visa - 30-day visa obtainable at airports or Lao embassy:

October 10th, 2017

Laos Tourist Visa - can be obtained on arrival at Laos International airports or at Laos border crossing points, or at Lao embassy or consulate abroad


Laos Visa Extension - How and Where to get Lao Visa Extended:

October 6th, 2017

It's possible to get Lao Visa Extension, but how to go about doing it is a question. Here is information on possible ways to do it.


Visa Exemption - some nationalities are exempt from Lao visa:

October 3rd, 2017

Visa exemption is given to a number of countries under the mutual agreement between the governments. Lao natives living abroad are also exempt from visa fee, maybe you too


Laos visa on arrival - How, Who, Where to get it:

October 3rd, 2017

Who is eligible or not eligible for Laos visa on arrival, how to get it, what the procedures are, where it is available, and what it costs for different nationalities


Laos Passport - How to get a passport (for Lao citizens):

October 2nd, 2017

Lao nationals getting Laos passports is now easy and straight forward, just a bit of preparation will save you time and hassled


Laos Visa Exemption - some nationalities are exempt from Lao visa:

October 2nd, 2017

Laos visa exemption is given to a number of countries under the mutual agreement between the governments. Lao natives living abroad are also exempt from visa fee, maybe you too


Travel Safe - Health and Safety Tips for traveling in Laos:

September 28th, 2017

Laos is one of the safest countries to travel. With a little bit of common sense and precautios you can sure travel safe in Laos


Can you get a Visa on arrival at any time of the day?:

August 21st, 2017

Since I'm travelling with an organisation I'm not sure at what time we're crossing the border. Can you get the Visa on arrival throughout the entire day?


Taxi price in Laos?:

August 17th, 2017

We will be in Laos next January. We would like to compare price between car-rent and taxi. Car rent (self drive) at Vientiane airport cost around 40€/day


Vietnamese go to Laos by Thailand-Laos border:

August 16th, 2017

Hello I'm from Vietnam. 1. I came Thailand by tourist visa. In October, I continue going Laos by cross the border Thailand- Laos ( Nan province- Sayabouly


Can Sweden passport holders get a Lao visa on arrival?:

August 16th, 2017

I am working in thailand and planning to fly to Laos. Can I have a visa upon arrival in Laos?


Switching passport at Vientiane airport to get visa on arrival ?:

August 2nd, 2017

Does anyone know if Laos immigration at Vientiane airport cares or not that you have a Thai stamp out of Thailand in your passport when you ask to make


Hi visa on arrival at Chiang Kong?:

June 26th, 2017

Hi driving from Chiangmai and hoping I can get an on arrival visa at Chiang Kong Canada passport.


Water filtration for apartments:

June 14th, 2017

How is the water in Vientiane? Can you use the tap to brush teeth, cook, etc, or do you need to bring your own filter? Do most apartments have water filtration


Is it a small stamp or full sticker the Laos VOA?:

May 23rd, 2017

To whom it may concern: I am a Mexican traveling in Asia and I only have one page left in my passport, which I still need to enter and exit New Zealand.


Extended stay:

April 14th, 2017

Hi, I'm taking my mom back to Laos in June and staying for a month. I'm hearing horrible story regarding being over charge for getting a visa to enter


Our unpleasant bus trip to Laos from Cambodia:

March 7th, 2017

My friend and I took a bus from Siem Reap to 4000 islands, and it was absolutely awful. Textbook corruption. VR Express is either working for or with


Can a 30-day Visa on Arrival be for business?:

January 13th, 2017

On the Application form for arrival visa that one receives at Wattay International Airport, under Purpose of visit there is a choice of Tourist, Visits,


get visa-at Pakse or Luang Prabang on AirLao flight from Siem Reap?:

January 4th, 2017

I want to fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang on Lao Airlines, but there is only a 40 minute layover in Pakse. Will there be enough time to get the visa


Share visa extension experience:

December 4th, 2016

Hi, I would like to update your information about visa extensions. Last week on Monday I went to the office here in Vientiane. It opens at 8:00 but


UK Passport holder, Transit Visa cost & other info.:

August 22nd, 2016

I'm planning on arriving in Bangkok in late November, and wish to go to Hanoi overland, passing through Laos, (and possibly returning to Laos some months


Can Syrian passport holder, living in United Arab Emirates get a Lao tourist visa, and from where since there's no embassy for Laos in UAE?:

April 19th, 2016

I am Syrian passport holder, have a work visa in United Arab Emirates, and resident there for 9 years now, and I want to get Lao tourist visa, and there's


Houay Xai to Luang Prabang:

March 10th, 2016

I am a US passport holder and would like to travel from Houay Xai to Luang Prabang. What do you recommend is the best and most efficient way to make this


How much space does the Lao visa on arrival take up on a passport page?:

February 22nd, 2016

I’m in Bangkok now, where I went from India to apply for a new 6 month Indian visa. However, as I learned only two days ago, the rules have changed on


Sleeper bus to Luang Prabang and cheap hostel/guesthouse in Vientiane:

February 19th, 2016

Hi, I plan to visit Laos early next month, me with 2 of my friends will arrive in the morning on March 3 in Vientiane International airport, we need 1


Travel from Pakse to Bangkok:

February 15th, 2016

Has anyone done the ride n' fly option with Nokair? Or are there other surestions for doing this trip?


Can a Thai National enter Laos without a passport:

February 15th, 2016

Is it possible for a Thai National without a passport to enter Laos? The crossing point would be from Nong kai to Vientiane. If this is possible how long


Is Philippines exempted from Lao Visa?:

January 20th, 2016

Is it true that Philippine National is exempted from getting a Lao Visa if I only to choose to travel for 20 days. Thank you.


Can Chinese passport holders acquire a Lao Visa on arrival:

January 20th, 2016

To whom it may concern Greetings from Bob I have just perused the relevant regulations and procedures of getting a visa on arrival in this amazingly


Returning to Laos to visit and to have a ceremony for my late father. How much should we expect to spend?:

January 6th, 2016

I was born in Laos but came to America when I was 3. My dad past away in 2002 and we had a ceremony for him in America. However, my mother does not feel


Non immigrant o multiple entry for pakistani:

January 4th, 2016

Hi I'm Pakistani married to Thai girl and am staying with her in Thailand. I have a non immigrant type O multiple entry visa which will expire in April


How can I get a multiple entry visa for Laos?:

December 4th, 2015

I'd like to enter Laos from Thailand, move to Vietnam after few days and re-enter Laos from Vietnam after more or less a week time. Is it possible to get


B2 Visa to Lao:

November 13th, 2015

What is processing time for work permit visa in Laos? During the processing time of work permit visa can I leave the country ?


Is Ugandan Passport Holder eligible for Visa on Arrival?:

November 12th, 2015

I am a Ugandan Citizen living in Uganda. Will i be eligible for a visa on Arrival and how much would it cost?


Picture size for Lao arrival visa for Canadian:

October 30th, 2015

Hello I am Canadian citizen, and I will travel to Laos by air to Luang Prabang airport and would like to know the exact photo size and number of photo


New Zealand passport holder:

October 22nd, 2015

I am over 30 days stay in Laos, And will possibly stay another 30 plus days, what do i do, to avoid getting black marked in my pasport.


Does it matter that I'm smiling in my passport size photo?:

September 14th, 2015

In my passport size photos, I'm smiling (I needed them for school identification, not a passport). Will that be a problem for entry into Laos and Cambodia?


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