Vientiane, capital of Laos, is Asia’s biggest village. Busy and hectic in comparison to the rest of the country, it is quiet compared with any other city in Asia. Vientiane is the hub for all travel in the country. The city has a population of 450,000, about 10% of the country. Vientiane is a city full of surprises. Here you can find fields of rice and vegetables, agriculture hidden behind tree lined avenues. French Colonial architecture sits next to gilded temples. Freshly baked French bread is served next to shops selling noodle soup.
LanguageLao and Thai dialects
ClimateTwo monsoons set the rhythm of rural life in Laos. The cool, dry, north-eastern monsoon blows from about November to March and brings little rain. From May to early October, the south-western monsoon picks up moist air from over the Indian Ocean, bringing strong winds, high humidity and heavy rains throughout the country. The weather is transitional between the seasons, but even during the wet season it rarely rains in the morning. Most of the rain comes in afternoon downpours. Visitors should be warned that roads in the north-eastern regions in particular can become flooded during the rains. Travel in these areas should be avoided during the peak of the wet seasons
CurrencyLao Kip (LAK)
VisaMost nationalities require a visa to enter Laos. There are two methods of applying for a visa from Laos: applying through an Embassy of Laos and applying for a visa on arrival
HealthAdvised immunization against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A & B, rabies, tuberculosis, diphtheria, Japanese B encephalitis, meningococcal meningitis
PassportsPassports should be valid for more than six months after the proposed date of departure from Laos
Time ZoneGMT + 7 hours