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Laos

Travel Laos

Land of a Million Elephants

Laos is a land that was mostly cut-off from the outside world until the mid 1990s. Although still fairly low-key in terms of tourist development, Laos is receiving increasing numbers of visitors but, unlike many other destinations, has managed to retain its charm and the feel of a place from a past time.

Luang Prabang, the old capital and cultural heart of the country, with its UNESCO protected old town, is one of the true jewels of Indochina, and wandering its beautiful lanes and alleys from temple to temple is one of travel's magic experiences.

To the north, mountains sprinkled with colorful hill-tribe villages can be discovered, whilst between Luang Prabang and the present day capital of Vientiane you'll find some of the most incredible limestone karst landscapes to be seen anywhere in Southeast Asia.

A journey to the extreme south finds Angkorian temples and the Mekong river extended to its widest breadth of 14km, where it encompasses a myriad of islands and waterfalls in the area known at Si Phan Don (4,000 Islands).

QUICK FACTS


CURRENCY

Kip

CAPITAL CITY

Vientiane/Viengchan

POPULATION 

Approx. 7 Million

TIME ZONE

GMT +7

LANGUAGE

Lao

RELIGION

Buddhism & Animism

MAIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Vientiane (VTE) - Luang Prabang (LPQ) - Pakse (PKZ)

Weather & Climate


Coolest time: November to February – Hottest Time: April to May

Wettest time: May to September – Driest Time: November to March

Our favourite time: December to February and June to August

The coolest time of year is from November to February with temperatures rising to a peak in April and May. With the arrival of the rains in late May/June temperatures drop, with rain falling mainly in the afternoons in short, heavy showers. August is the wettest month, although tropical showers can still occur into October. November brings a return to drier weather.

When is the best time to visit Laos?

One of the greatest joys of cycling is the feeling of immediacy with the natural environment and scenery, of which Laos has plenty! Although the summer months are wet, this rain brings incredible clarity to the air, making those views even more spectacular and great for photographing. Also the odd shower is a nice way to cool down during a hot ascent...

Luang Prabang
Temperatures are warm year round. Apr hot and Dec chilly
It rains a lot in Luang Prabang in August
Vientiane
VTE is hot from Apr to Sep
Rainy season is from May to Sep
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