Despite a small population, Laos is home to 49 ethnic groups. The nation is officially Buddhist, and continues to practice daily traditions like Alms-giving. Long cut off from the rest of the world, today it's laid-back and seemingly lost in time.
Population: 6.75 Million
Currency: Laotian Kip (LAK)
Time Zone: (GMT+07:00), Luang Prabang, Laos
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The LGBT Factor
Laos, and its capital of Luang Prabang, don't have much of a scene. That said, it's growing, and gay travellers are most welcome here.
The Best Time to Visit
October through April is an ideal time to visit Laos, as the weather is warm and dry throughout. Travel with a light sweater and jacket, but keep summer essentials handy: midday temperatures can eclipse 30°C/85°F.
The Shock Factor
When visiting Laos you'll see both good and bad. Poverty is widespread (this is one of Southeast Asia's poorest countries), but the friendly locals make up for it. Since English speakers can be hard to find, arm yourself with a phrase book and a sense of humour!
Can be organized either in advance or on arrival. Check with your embassy or consulate, and allow about three weeks for processing. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the traveller's responsibility.
Based on the entry requirements, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.