Passports and Visas
Tourism visas are available on arrival at Wattay International Airport, the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge, Luang Prabang Airport, and Ban Muang Kao. All other international checkpoints require a visa in advance of arrival.
Validity period of visa:
• For business people collecting information or contacting local businesses, the visa is good for one month and can be extended
• For tourists, the visa is valid for one month
• For foreign invested companies' employees and their families, visas are typically granted for the duration of the investment projects
• Hepatitis A
• Diptheria and Tetanus
• Hepatitis B
Other vaccines are recommended, depending on where one is located in the country.
Travellers cheques can be changed in major banks in Vientiane but are of limited use elsewhere. Credit cards can be used in major hotels in Vientiane but are also limited to a few areas of the country.
Nehru Street, Vat Phonsay area
Tel: 41-3610, 41-3805, 41-3602
Vat Nak Street, Sisattanak Area
Tel: 31-5103, 31-5100, 315101
Saphathong Nua Area
Saphathong Nua Area
Tel: 31-4952, Fax: 31-2584
That Luang Road, VatPhonsay Area
Phon Kheng Road
Tel: 41-3910, 41-3909, 41-3907,41-3914
Tel: 21-2623, 41-4400-2, 414406,
Tel: 31-2219, 31-222
Democratic People's Republic of
Vat Nak Street, Sisattanak
Tel: 31-5261, 31-5260
That Luang Street, Vat
Sokpaluang Street, VatNak
Tel: 31-5018, 31-5000,
31-3772, Fax: 31-5003
Sokpaluang Street, Sisattanak Area
Tel: 31-2439, 31-4910
Thadeua Road, Km 3
Tel: 31-2219, 31-2085
Tel: 21-4581-3, 21-4585
That Luang Road
Tel: 41-3400, 41-3409, 41-3403
Tel: 21-2580-2, 31-2609, Fax:21-2584
Tel: 21-5258, 21-5259,
26 Sokpaluang Road
Tel: 31-2111, 31-2110
Asian Pavilion Hotel, Lane Xang Hotel, Tai-Pan Hotel, Novotel Belvedere Vientiane, New Apollo Hotel, and the Lao Plaza Hotel.
Rates vary widely depending on the type of room, but start as low as US$20 for a standard room.
Among the country's key attractions are the following:
That Luang (Vientiane)
That Luang is the national symbol of Lao People’s Democratic Republic and is the country's most important Buddhist monument. Built in 1566 by King Say Settathirath, it symbolizes the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty.
Wat Si Saket (Vientiane)
Wat Si Saket is the oldest standing temple in Vientiane. Built in 1818, this famous temple has its walls inlaid with over 2,000 silver and ceramic Buddha images.
Morning Market (Vientiane)
Morning Market (Talat Sao) is the city's major marketplace and offers a variety of goods including clothing, electronics, jewelry, traditional textiles, and souvenirs. Buddha Park (Vientiane) Also known by its real name Xieng Khuan, this spacious park contains numerous Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, many of which are extremely large.
Luang Prabang is the old royal capital but also contains some of the country's most stunning Buddhist temples. This beautiful city is situated 500 kilometres from Vientiane along the Mekong River and nestled between scenic mountains. The main attractions are the historic temples, the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Wisunlat. On the outskirts of Luang Prabang are the Pak-Ou caves (inhabitant to thousands of Buddha statues), Ban Phanoma weaver’s village, and the Khoung Sy Waterfalls.
Plain of Jars (Xieng Khuang)
The Plain of Jars is famous for its ancient stone jars, which remain one of South-East Asia's great mysteries. The origins and purpose of the huge stone jars that cover the plain are still unknown.
Khone Phapheng Falls (Champassak)
These virtually unknown waterfalls are among the largest in South-East Asia. Located near the Lao-Cambodian border, the Khone Phapheng Falls and the surrounding Si Phan Done area is one of the Lao People's Democratic Republic's most scenic regions