Throughout most of the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest. The dry season runs from November to April, which is the best time to visit as the temperature is at its most comfortable. However, the mountainous areas can be very cold at this time.
Laos has a tropical monsoon climate with wet and dry seasons. The rainy season lasts from May to September, and the dry season lasts from October to April. Temperatures and rainfalls vary considerably throughout the year and also by region. The coolest and driest time to visit Laos is between November and February.
Kip is the currency of Laos. Dollars and Thai bath are widely accepted, especially for the purchase of more expensive goods.
1. Documentary requirements
- An application form filled and signed by the applicant.
- Two recent photographs with size 4 x 6 mm.
- A passport must have at least six months remaining validity.
2. Types of visas, Length of staying permission and additional documents required
- Maximum five days for stay (in Vientiane only).
- Proof of an entry visa and air ticket to the third country.
- 30 days (non-extendable).
- Visa processing should be made through an eligible tour company which has a contract with a tour company in the Lao PDR or directly through the Lao Embassy or Consulate in many countries such as France, Russia, Sweden, USA, Poland, Germany, Cuba, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, The Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Australia and USA.
- One month for stay (can be extended for two additional months).
- Visa request can be processed either through a guarantor in Laos or the Lao Embassy
- Visa authorization is arranged by sponsor in Laos and the Embassy can not process visas until it receives authorization or approval from the authorities concerned in Laos.
- One month for stay (can be extended until completion of your business term).
Multiple Entry Visa
- available only from the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR.
3. Validity of Visas
- All types of visas are issued for one entry and must be used within two months of issue date.
For most visitors to Laos, visas are obtainable upon arrival at both Vientiane and Luang Prabang International Airports. At land border crossings with Thailand and Vietnam, visitors will need to have already obtained their visas prior to their arrival through a Laos Embassy or Consulate overseas.
The visa fee is 30-42 USD depending on the nationality; validity is 15-30 days, extensions available.
10 USD for international departures
Vientiane is South East Asiaâ€™s most serene and tranquil capital city. Vientiane, as most of Laosâ€™ major cities, is situated on the MekongRiver which forms the lifeline of the country.
Sites not to be missed: Sisakhet Museum, Patuxai (the Victory Monument), Wat Inpeng, Wat Xieng Khouang (Buddha Park), Lao Revolutionary Museum, That Luang, Nam Ngum Lake
Luang Prabang is the jewel of Indochina.
The ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains at the junction of the Mekong and its tributary, the KhanRiver. In the center of the city is MountPhousi with stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills. Luang Prabang is a city where time seems to stand still.
Sites not to be missed: The National Museum, Wat Xieng thong, Kouangsi Waterfalls, Tham Ting and Tham Theung, Phousi Hill, Ban Phnom, Wat Visoun
Vang Vieng is riddled with such an array of guesthouses, restaurants and shops that itâ™s hard to know what to do on arrival. Just about every shop front on the main streets of this small but rapidly developing town caters exclusively to the tourist dollar.
Phongsaly province, the most remote province in northern Laos, is enclosed on three sides by China and Vietnam. It consists of six districts: Phongsaly, Muangmai, Muangkhua,Samphan, Sombounxay and Yot Ou.