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Destination Information

This landlocked rural country retains a relaxed pace of life. Laos is the last secret of Southeast Asia, but it is unlikely to remain unchanged for long. Southern Laos, specifically the lush and beautiful country along the banks of the Mekong River, is emerging as this nation’s newest destination. Attractions include the charming town of Champasak and the Vat Phou ruins, which are as old as those of Angkor Wat. 

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay) and visa. Visit, and for travelers’ health information,

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Laos, dial 011 (international access) + 856 (Laos code) + local numbers in listings.


11 hours ahead of New York (EST). (Time listed is for DST in the West. Difference is one hour more November to mid-March.) 


Lao kip (LAK). Fluctuating rate valued at LAK8,130 = US$1.00 as of October 2016. Note: Our suggested hotels quote rates in US$.

When to Visit

The rainy season extends from May-October. The rest of the year is generally dry and sunny. Temperatures are high year-round.

U.S. Embassy

Vientiane, Tel. 21-487-000.