Laos is a mountainous and interior country in South-East Asia, delimited by Myanmar and China to the north, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. This country of friendly people and wonderful unspoilt landscapes is mostly a remote ecotourism destination.
The capital, Vientiane, the UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang and the mystifying Plain of Jars are just some of the wonders to be discovered in this beautiful land.
REASONS TO GO
Luang Prabang - Laos' cultural and religious centre.
The old French colonial architecture and Buddhist Temples in Vientiane.
The mysterious Plain of Jars.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit the country is between December and April, when the weather is hot and dry.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Wattay Airport in Vientiane is 3km (2 miles) from the city. Most of the flights come from Bangkok, China, Vietnam or Cambodia. From the airport, taxis are available to take you to the city centre.
GOOD TO KNOW
Currency: Kip (LAK)
Area: 236,800 sq km (91,400 sq miles)
Population: 6.5 million
Calling Code: +856
Time Zone: GMT +7
VISAS: Visitors from many countries, including the United States, are issued 15-day tourist visas for $50 upon arrival at Wattay Airport in Vientiane or at the Friendship Bridge -- the only bridge across the mighty Mekong River south of China -- which links Laos to the Thai town of Nong Khai. Those already with visas can choose from at least five other passages, overland or the river, into the country.