Why Visit Laos?
Tailor made travel to Laos ensures you won’t miss a single morsel of this beautiful country – the dense green heart of South-East Asia. Travel to Laos to experience the stomach-swirling feeling of discovering a forgotten piece of planet earth for the first time. The mountains here hum a vibrant green, enticing you to explore them, where monkeys swing vine-to-vine and the elusive Indochinese Tigers skulk among the lush vegetation. The jungle is beautifully juxtaposed by the multi-coloured, home-made clothing of the hilltribe villagers, who move at a pace that will remind you to breathe slowly and really be there in the moment. So what do you want to see in Laos? Are you a nature lover desperate to trek through the Laos jungle and marvel at the majesty of the Kuang Si Waterfalls and the Pak Ou Caves? Or are you a history buff with your heart and mind set on visiting the Royal Palace and Ethnology Centre? Or, do you want a mix of both? Our local team of experts will design a tailor made travel experience to Laos that ticks all of your boxes.
Hotels & Resorts In Laos
From our descriptions of Laos as an untouched wilderness, you could be under the impression the accommodation would primarily be tent-based. We have the inside word on all of the best boutique hotels, home stays, and four star resorts and hotels to stay in during your tailor made travel to Laos. Our team will find the right place for you to stay based on your tastes and budget.
Book Your Tailor Made Tour To Laos
Travelling to Laos can be challenging if you don’t know the lay of the land, but this is all part of its charm and mystery as a must visit destination of Southeast Asia. Our team of travel experts will get to know you personally. It’s important for us to find out exactly what you want to get out of your trip to Laos. Although sharing a border with Vietnam, Laos doesn’t have the same level of infrastructure. It
truly is a developing nation. Fortunately, we have been there hundreds of times and know the locals personally. After an in depth consultation with you, our team will create a tailor made travel experience to Laos and be there with you every step of the way.
The official language in Laos is Lao. When you visit a new country it is always a good idea to learn a few key phrases to help build rapport with the locals and show respect for their culture.
Here are a few key phrases to help you out:
How do I say hello in Lao?
Sabaidi – pronounced Sabai-Dee
How do I say thank you in Lao?
khob chai – pronounced Cob-Chy
The weather in Laos can change in an instant, although there are times of the year more predictable than others. Here is a small list of travel essentials to pack when visiting Laos:
● A good waterproof backpack is a necessity.
● Light, airy clothing. Thin, breathable fabrics are best, as the days can reach forty degrees celsius. Also be mindful when entering the temples. You must cover up.
● Bug spray with at least 40% deet.
● A solid pair of hiking shoes with good grip.
● Pack your swimmers
Laos is a very safe country to travel to, especially if your tour is planned by seasoned travel veterans. He is a brief list of guidelines to follow to stay safe when you travel to Laos:
● Tread carefully during the jungle treks and cave tours. The views are spectacular, but it’s
never worth breaking your neck for a photo.
● Do not drink the tap water. We even recommend cleaning your teeth with bottled water.
● Keep your belongings safe in high quality backpacks or bum bags/fanny packs. Crime is extremely low in Laos, but like in any poor, developing nation, petty theft does exist. When you book a tour with Wide Eyed Tours our local guides consider your safety their highest priority. We will do our utmost to keep you safe when you travel through Laos.
Most travellers will need a visa to enter Laos.
1. All ports of entry including land, sea, and air, offer visas on arrival to Laos. It costs
2. E-Visas for Laos should be available some time in 2019.
The local currency in Laos is the Kip. You can exchange USD, AUD, NZD, GBP or EUR for Kip
in most large cities.
We suggest you exchange currency for Kip, as Laos has limited ATMs and the exchange rate
can be hefty.
To give you an idea of the currency conversions:
£100 GBP = 1.05 million Kip
$100 USD = 870k Kip
$100 AUD = 590k Kip
$100 NZD = 570k Kip
A local meal a restaurant will cost from $2-5 USD.
A beer will set you back about $1.50 USD
Laos has a tropical climate and is hot and warm all year round. It has a dry season between
November and April and a wet season from May to October. Similarly to other parts of South-
East Asia, don’t be discouraged by the term ‘wet’ season, although, August is the wettest month