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Visit Laos in about 3 weeks

Laos is just as deserving of your time as all of the other countries that landlock this treasure of a country. Laos’ landscape is wilder, less trodden, and is as gorgeous as ever. From towering karst cliffs to charming mountainside villages, and to the mighty Mekong that cuts through, Laos is a stunner and it would be a sin to rush through it. Here’s everything you need to know about how to create the perfect Laos itinerary in about 3 weeks.

Laos TOUR PLANS IN About 3 weeks

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Amazing Laos

Amazing Laos

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Amazing Laos
Luxury / 18 days / fr. $4,500

Lao is famous for its beautiful green virgin nature, which attracts nature lovers all over the world to come, and explore. Enter Laos through a rural bordertown and travel the country to meet some... More

Cycling Northern & Southern Laos

Cycling Northern & Southern Laos

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Cycling Northern & Southern Laos
Cycling / 19 days / fr. $2,280

This tour connects northern & southern of Laos. Northern Laos is home to mountains covered with lush tropical forests, river valleys and hill-tribe cultures. The rolling terrain combined with g... More

Laos - Uncover the Mysteries

Laos - Uncover the Mysteries

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Laos - Uncover the Mysteries
Unseen / 19 days / fr. $2,470

Uncover the Mysteries is part of our Laos Soft Adventure tour collection. The journey throughout Laos from the North to the South, from river to river, from mountain to mountain. The journey of cul... More

Northern Laos Adventure

Northern Laos Adventure

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Northern Laos Adventure
Unseen / 18 days / fr. $2,340

Lao is famous for its beautiful green virgin nature, which attracts nature lovers all over the world to come, and explore. 18-day Northern Lao Adventure tour brings you to the most remote areas of... More

Impression on Laos

Impression on Laos

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Impression on Laos
Must-see / 18 days / fr. $1,980

18-day Impression on Laos tour is the one of our Laos Must-see tour collection. The journey throughout Laos from the North to the South, from border to border, from river to river, from mountain to... More

Laos Adventure Trail

Laos Adventure Trail

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Laos Adventure Trail
Trek & Hike / 23 days / fr. $2,990

Laos Adventure Trail is part of our Laos Adventure tour collection. The journey throughout Laos from the North to the South, from river to river, from mountain to mountain. The journey of culture e... More

RECOMMENDED ROUTES TO VISIT Laos IN
About 3 weeks

Our local travel experts have worked out some of the most popular routes to make the best of your 3-weeks trip plan in Laos
Highlights of Laos
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Highlights of Laos

This route is the one of our Laos Must-see tour collection. The journey throughout Laos from the North to the South, from border to border, from river to river, from mountain to mountain. The journey of culture experience, nature exploration, and happiness.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), nowhere else can lay claim to this Unesco-protected gem's romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and exquisite fusion cuisine. Beyond the evident history and heritage of the old French town are aquamarine waterfalls, top trekking opportunities, meandering mountain-bike trails, kayaking trips, river cruises and outstanding natural beauty, the whole ensemble encircled by hazy green mountains.

Xieng Khuang

Xieng Khouang is home to the Plain of Jars, the prehistoric stone megaliths which attracts thousands of tourists to the province each year. The area is of significant archaeological importance on account also of the standing stones in nearby Houaphanh Province.

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is now a calm oasis for enjoying nature, jungle hikes, and lazy days cooling off in the river. If you’re seeking outdoor adventure, explore the area’s cave system, kayaking Nam Song’s rapids, climb Pha Poak Mountain at sunset, or drive an ATV on the backcountry roads. When it’s time to cool off, take a refreshing plunge in the Blue Lagoon.

Vientiane

From its sleepy tuk-tuk drivers to its location on the right bank of the lumbering, lazy Mekong, this former French trading post is languid to say the least. For the traveller happy with a couple of low-key sights and lots of contemplative river watching while sipping on Beerlao, or hopping from cafe to cafe, Vientiane excels. And best of all, these pleasures are available to all budgets, be it via the city's low-cost digs and street markets, or its upscale boutique accommodation and foreign restaurants.

Thakhek

Thakhek, capital of Khammouane province, is gradually gaining popularity as the best base to explore the nearby Mahaxai Caves and karst formations, and the massive Khammouane Limestone NBCA. It is also an entry point into Laos from Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, as well as being a good place to break the long journey down Route 13 to Savannakhet.

Savannakhet

Savannakhet is Laos’s third-largest city after Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and the surrounding area that makes up Savannakhet province, stretching from the Mekong River to the Annamite Mountains, is Laos’s most populous region. The city is also southern Laos’s most visited provincial capital, its popularity with travellers due in part to its central location on the overland route between Vientiane and Pakse and between Thailand and Vietnam, the two countries linked to each other by a 240km-long road carved by the French. Aside from being an important junction, Savannakhet also possesses very impressive architecture, and is a major staging post for jungle treks and cycling tours.

Pakse

Pakse, or Pakxe, is a city in Southern Laos. It’s the capital of the province Champasak and Laos’ second most populous city. Pakse is the perfect hub for your Southern Laos travels. It’s a charming and peaceful city surrounded by beautiful nature. Pakse means mouth of the river, and its located next to the Mekong and Sedone rivers. We recommend staying at least two days in Pakse, to enjoy everything it has to offer and to enjoy the laid-back Lao culture.

Bolaven

Located in the crater of an ancient volcano, the Bolaven Plateau in Southern Laos rises to heights of over 1300 meters. Famous for excellent coffee and amazing waterfalls, the plateau makes a great day-trip from Pakse. Given the cooler temperatures on the plateau, spending a night or two there might not be such a bad idea either.

Champasak

These days Champasak is a somnolent place. Scattered French colonial-era buildings share space with traditional Lao wooden stilt houses, and the few vehicles that venture down the narrow main street share it with chickens and cows. With a surprisingly good range of accommodation and several attractions in the vicinity – most notably the Angkor-period ruins of Wat Phu Champasak – it's easy to see why many visitors to the region prefer staying in Champasak. Just about everything in Champasak is spread along the riverside road, both sides of the fountain circle.

4000 Islands

Don't merely think about 4000 Islands as a collection of 'islands' - in fact, some aren't even islands as we might think of them. Instead, think of it as a riverine network that carries you on a journey - a journey taking in extreme natural beauty, deeply embedded traditions, vibrant cultures, opportunities for some exhilarating activities and hidden corners in which you can simply kick-back and pause - even fleetingly - the pace of Western life.

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Northern Laos Adventure
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Northern Laos Adventure

Lao is famous for its beautiful green virgin nature, which attracts nature lovers all over the world to come, and explore. This route brings you to the most remote areas of northern Laos, which is home to many hill tribe people, green nature, and colorful culture.

Huay Xay

Huay Xai is a small city located in the north of Laos, which lies on the East of the Mekong River, overlooking Thailand on the West. Huay Xai is the beautiful city here you can do trekking, kayaking, city tour, biking. One of the most popular Thing to do in Huay Xai is the Tree House Experience a zip-lining adventure in the canopies of the Nam Kan National Park. It is also very common to take the slow boat to Luang Prabang from here.

Pakbeng

Pakbeng is a very small town upriver of Luang Prabang at the junction of the Mekong and its smaller tributary the Beng River. It is a good place for an overnight stop on the boat trip from Luang Phabang to Houei Xai. It also offers eco- tours to the nearby tribal villages.

Muang La

Muang La, just 28km from Udomxai towards Phongsali, offers a charming rural alternative to the 'big city'. This Tai Lü village sits at the confluence of the Nam La (La River) and Nam Phak (Phak River), attractively awash with palm trees. Its central feature is a classically styled temple that hosts one of northern Laos' most revered Buddha statues, the Pra Singkham Buddha.

Oudomxay

Oudomxay in the northwest of Laos has a provincial capital called Muang Xai. It is a mountainous province with borders into China and some peaks as high as 1,800 metres. Oudomxay is noted for its birds including terns, lapwings, cormorants and swan geese. Those who enjoy trekking are not put off by an underdeveloped infrastructure so the number of tourists after adventure on a holiday in Laos is expected to increase.

Muang Khua

Pretty little Muang Khua is an inevitable stop when transiting between Laos and Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam, or taking the brown Nam Ou (Ou River) by boat to Nong Khiaw. While not as scenically spectacular nor as developed for the traveller as the latter, Muang Khua, with its pastel-coloured houses, still has oodles of small-town charm, set amid starburst palms where the Nam Ou and Nam Phak (Phak River) meet. The heart of the place is its wet and dry market.

Muang Ngoi

Muang Ngoi, also known as Muang Ngoi Neua, is located on the Nam Ou (Ou River), just an hour upriver from gateway town Nong Kiaow. While Nong Kiaow tries to please the masses with a mix of low to higher end accommodation, Muang Ngoi attracts backpackers with its bungalows and hammocks set along a stunning mountainous stretch of the Nam Ou. Relaxation and appreciating the view is the chief concern and once you bore of swinging in the hammock, there’s hikes to rural villages, lovely pastoral scenes, caves...

Nong Khiaw

Resting at the foot of a striking red-faced cliff, amid towering blue-green limestone escarpments, the dusty town of NONG KHIAW on the banks of the Nam Ou River lies smack in the middle of some of the most dramatic scenery in Indochina. The relatively slow advent of tourism here has allowed it to retain its village-like charm; it’s a great place to lose a few days, preferably watching the river from your own private balcony.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), nowhere else can lay claim to this Unesco-protected gem's romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and exquisite fusion cuisine. Beyond the evident history and heritage of the old French town are aquamarine waterfalls, top trekking opportunities, meandering mountain-bike trails, kayaking trips, river cruises and outstanding natural beauty, the whole ensemble encircled by hazy green mountains.

Xieng Khuang

Xieng Khouang is home to the Plain of Jars, the prehistoric stone megaliths which attracts thousands of tourists to the province each year. The area is of significant archaeological importance on account also of the standing stones in nearby Houaphanh Province.

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is now a calm oasis for enjoying nature, jungle hikes, and lazy days cooling off in the river. If you’re seeking outdoor adventure, explore the area’s cave system, kayaking Nam Song’s rapids, climb Pha Poak Mountain at sunset, or drive an ATV on the backcountry roads. When it’s time to cool off, take a refreshing plunge in the Blue Lagoon.

Vientiane

From its sleepy tuk-tuk drivers to its location on the right bank of the lumbering, lazy Mekong, this former French trading post is languid to say the least. For the traveller happy with a couple of low-key sights and lots of contemplative river watching while sipping on Beerlao, or hopping from cafe to cafe, Vientiane excels. And best of all, these pleasures are available to all budgets, be it via the city's low-cost digs and street markets, or its upscale boutique accommodation and foreign restaurants.

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Laos from North to South
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Laos from North to South

This route is part of our Laos Adventure tour collection. The journey throughout Laos, from river to river, from mountain to mountain. The journey of culture experience, nature exploration, and happiness of Laos from North to South.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), nowhere else can lay claim to this Unesco-protected gem's romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and exquisite fusion cuisine. Beyond the evident history and heritage of the old French town are aquamarine waterfalls, top trekking opportunities, meandering mountain-bike trails, kayaking trips, river cruises and outstanding natural beauty, the whole ensemble encircled by hazy green mountains.

Muang Khua

Pretty little Muang Khua is an inevitable stop when transiting between Laos and Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam, or taking the brown Nam Ou (Ou River) by boat to Nong Khiaw. While not as scenically spectacular nor as developed for the traveller as the latter, Muang Khua, with its pastel-coloured houses, still has oodles of small-town charm, set amid starburst palms where the Nam Ou and Nam Phak (Phak River) meet. The heart of the place is its wet and dry market.

Muang Ngoi

Muang Ngoi, also known as Muang Ngoi Neua, is located on the Nam Ou (Ou River), just an hour upriver from gateway town Nong Kiaow. While Nong Kiaow tries to please the masses with a mix of low to higher end accommodation, Muang Ngoi attracts backpackers with its bungalows and hammocks set along a stunning mountainous stretch of the Nam Ou. Relaxation and appreciating the view is the chief concern and once you bore of swinging in the hammock, there’s hikes to rural villages, lovely pastoral scenes, caves...

Nong Khiaw

Resting at the foot of a striking red-faced cliff, amid towering blue-green limestone escarpments, the dusty town of NONG KHIAW on the banks of the Nam Ou River lies smack in the middle of some of the most dramatic scenery in Indochina. The relatively slow advent of tourism here has allowed it to retain its village-like charm; it’s a great place to lose a few days, preferably watching the river from your own private balcony.

Nam Et-Phou Louey NP

Nam Et–Phou Louey National Park (NP) is located in the north-east of Lao PDR. With an area of 410,720 ha, it is the largest of Laos’ NPs, covering seven districts and three provinces (Houaphan, Luang Prabang and Xieng Khouang provinces). Mostly hilly or mountainous, it is the source of many rivers. It is named after its two main features, the Nern and Et Rivers and Phou Louey Mountain (“Forever Mountain”). The area has primary forest remaining in many areas, a high level of biodiversity, and a number of endangered species including tiger, gaur, Sambar deer, and white-cheeked gibbon.

Xieng Khuang

Xieng Khouang is home to the Plain of Jars, the prehistoric stone megaliths which attracts thousands of tourists to the province each year. The area is of significant archaeological importance on account also of the standing stones in nearby Houaphanh Province.

Paksan

Paksan (Muang Pakxan) lies in the central west region of Laos, in the largely boring Bolikhamsai Province. Very few people head to Paksan on its own merits, but instead it is used as a transit town on the way in or out of Thailand. The locals in Paksan are a friendly bunch, however, and there are a few restaurants to have a bite to eat and meet other travelers.

Thakhek

Thakhek, capital of Khammouane province, is gradually gaining popularity as the best base to explore the nearby Mahaxai Caves and karst formations, and the massive Khammouane Limestone NBCA. It is also an entry point into Laos from Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, as well as being a good place to break the long journey down Route 13 to Savannakhet.

Savannakhet

Savannakhet is Laos’s third-largest city after Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and the surrounding area that makes up Savannakhet province, stretching from the Mekong River to the Annamite Mountains, is Laos’s most populous region. The city is also southern Laos’s most visited provincial capital, its popularity with travellers due in part to its central location on the overland route between Vientiane and Pakse and between Thailand and Vietnam, the two countries linked to each other by a 240km-long road carved by the French. Aside from being an important junction, Savannakhet also possesses very impressive architecture, and is a major staging post for jungle treks and cycling tours.

Pakse

Pakse, or Pakxe, is a city in Southern Laos. It’s the capital of the province Champasak and Laos’ second most populous city. Pakse is the perfect hub for your Southern Laos travels. It’s a charming and peaceful city surrounded by beautiful nature. Pakse means mouth of the river, and its located next to the Mekong and Sedone rivers. We recommend staying at least two days in Pakse, to enjoy everything it has to offer and to enjoy the laid-back Lao culture.

Bolaven

Located in the crater of an ancient volcano, the Bolaven Plateau in Southern Laos rises to heights of over 1300 meters. Famous for excellent coffee and amazing waterfalls, the plateau makes a great day-trip from Pakse. Given the cooler temperatures on the plateau, spending a night or two there might not be such a bad idea either.

Champasak

These days Champasak is a somnolent place. Scattered French colonial-era buildings share space with traditional Lao wooden stilt houses, and the few vehicles that venture down the narrow main street share it with chickens and cows. With a surprisingly good range of accommodation and several attractions in the vicinity – most notably the Angkor-period ruins of Wat Phu Champasak – it's easy to see why many visitors to the region prefer staying in Champasak. Just about everything in Champasak is spread along the riverside road, both sides of the fountain circle.

4000 Islands

Don't merely think about 4000 Islands as a collection of 'islands' - in fact, some aren't even islands as we might think of them. Instead, think of it as a riverine network that carries you on a journey - a journey taking in extreme natural beauty, deeply embedded traditions, vibrant cultures, opportunities for some exhilarating activities and hidden corners in which you can simply kick-back and pause - even fleetingly - the pace of Western life.

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Northern & Southern Laos
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Northern & Southern Laos

This tour connects northern & southern of Laos. Northern Laos is home to mountains covered with lush tropical forests, river valleys and hill-tribe cultures. The rolling terrain combined with gradual climbs from low-lying riverside valleys are just perfect – a cyclist’s delight. Southern Laos is the worthiest destination to visit in Laos with the amazing waterfalls, and green nature; the World Heritage Site of Wat Phou; or the exciting of 4000-island area.

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang awakens your imagination with its combination of world-class comfort and spiritual nourishment. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), nowhere else can lay claim to this Unesco-protected gem's romance of 33 gilded wats, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and exquisite fusion cuisine. Beyond the evident history and heritage of the old French town are aquamarine waterfalls, top trekking opportunities, meandering mountain-bike trails, kayaking trips, river cruises and outstanding natural beauty, the whole ensemble encircled by hazy green mountains.

Pakbeng

Pakbeng is a very small town upriver of Luang Prabang at the junction of the Mekong and its smaller tributary the Beng River. It is a good place for an overnight stop on the boat trip from Luang Phabang to Houei Xai. It also offers eco- tours to the nearby tribal villages.

Oudomxay

Oudomxay in the northwest of Laos has a provincial capital called Muang Xai. It is a mountainous province with borders into China and some peaks as high as 1,800 metres. Oudomxay is noted for its birds including terns, lapwings, cormorants and swan geese. Those who enjoy trekking are not put off by an underdeveloped infrastructure so the number of tourists after adventure on a holiday in Laos is expected to increase.

Muang La

Muang La, just 28km from Udomxai towards Phongsali, offers a charming rural alternative to the 'big city'. This Tai Lü village sits at the confluence of the Nam La (La River) and Nam Phak (Phak River), attractively awash with palm trees. Its central feature is a classically styled temple that hosts one of northern Laos' most revered Buddha statues, the Pra Singkham Buddha.

Muang Khua

Pretty little Muang Khua is an inevitable stop when transiting between Laos and Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam, or taking the brown Nam Ou (Ou River) by boat to Nong Khiaw. While not as scenically spectacular nor as developed for the traveller as the latter, Muang Khua, with its pastel-coloured houses, still has oodles of small-town charm, set amid starburst palms where the Nam Ou and Nam Phak (Phak River) meet. The heart of the place is its wet and dry market.

Nong Khiaw

Resting at the foot of a striking red-faced cliff, amid towering blue-green limestone escarpments, the dusty town of NONG KHIAW on the banks of the Nam Ou River lies smack in the middle of some of the most dramatic scenery in Indochina. The relatively slow advent of tourism here has allowed it to retain its village-like charm; it’s a great place to lose a few days, preferably watching the river from your own private balcony.

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is now a calm oasis for enjoying nature, jungle hikes, and lazy days cooling off in the river. If you’re seeking outdoor adventure, explore the area’s cave system, kayaking Nam Song’s rapids, climb Pha Poak Mountain at sunset, or drive an ATV on the backcountry roads. When it’s time to cool off, take a refreshing plunge in the Blue Lagoon.

Vientiane

From its sleepy tuk-tuk drivers to its location on the right bank of the lumbering, lazy Mekong, this former French trading post is languid to say the least. For the traveller happy with a couple of low-key sights and lots of contemplative river watching while sipping on Beerlao, or hopping from cafe to cafe, Vientiane excels. And best of all, these pleasures are available to all budgets, be it via the city's low-cost digs and street markets, or its upscale boutique accommodation and foreign restaurants.

Pakse

Pakse, or Pakxe, is a city in Southern Laos. It’s the capital of the province Champasak and Laos’ second most populous city. Pakse is the perfect hub for your Southern Laos travels. It’s a charming and peaceful city surrounded by beautiful nature. Pakse means mouth of the river, and its located next to the Mekong and Sedone rivers. We recommend staying at least two days in Pakse, to enjoy everything it has to offer and to enjoy the laid-back Lao culture.

Bolaven

Located in the crater of an ancient volcano, the Bolaven Plateau in Southern Laos rises to heights of over 1300 meters. Famous for excellent coffee and amazing waterfalls, the plateau makes a great day-trip from Pakse. Given the cooler temperatures on the plateau, spending a night or two there might not be such a bad idea either.

Champasak

These days Champasak is a somnolent place. Scattered French colonial-era buildings share space with traditional Lao wooden stilt houses, and the few vehicles that venture down the narrow main street share it with chickens and cows. With a surprisingly good range of accommodation and several attractions in the vicinity – most notably the Angkor-period ruins of Wat Phu Champasak – it's easy to see why many visitors to the region prefer staying in Champasak. Just about everything in Champasak is spread along the riverside road, both sides of the fountain circle.

4000 Islands

Don't merely think about 4000 Islands as a collection of 'islands' - in fact, some aren't even islands as we might think of them. Instead, think of it as a riverine network that carries you on a journey - a journey taking in extreme natural beauty, deeply embedded traditions, vibrant cultures, opportunities for some exhilarating activities and hidden corners in which you can simply kick-back and pause - even fleetingly - the pace of Western life.

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The Rocket Festival (Boun Bang Fai) is a merit-making ceremony traditionally practiced by ethnic Lao people near the beginning of the wet season in numerous villages and municipalities, in the regions of Northeastern Thailand and Laos. Celebrations typically include preliminary music and dance performances, competitive processions of floats, dancers and musicians on the second day, and culminating on the third day in competitive firings of home-made rockets. Local participants and sponsors use the occasion to enhance their social prestige, as is customary in traditional Buddhist folk festivals throughout Southeast Asia.

The festival in Thailand also includes special programs and specific local patterns like Bung Fai (Parade dance) and a Beautiful Bung Fai float such as Yasothon the third weekend of May, and continues Suwannaphum District, Roi Et on the first weekend of June, Phanom Phrai District Roi Et during the full moon of the seventh month in Lunar year's calendar each year. The Bung Fai festival is not only found in Isan or Northeasthern Thailand and North Thailand and Laos, but also in Amphoe Sukhirin, Narathiwat.

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A report from Andy Jarosz from BBC Travel about his day trekking to the remote 100 waterfalls in Nong Khiaw 10 years ago (in 2012). The experience that you cannot miss when visiting the area. Check out the details as below so that you have some ideas of what to expect.

In the last four years, the rural village of Nong Khiaw has seen a steady stream of adventure travellers who want to experience the 10km trek before it disappears.

Strictly speaking, the name of the 100 Waterfalls Trek in northern Laos is misleading, since it is impossible to say how many waterfalls tumble through the thick jungle along the steady 10km ascent, with each one tumbling immediately into the next.

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Laos has announced a full reopening to tourism today that allows vaccinated arrivals to enter the country without any testing requirements.

Government Spokesperson and Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, Madame Thippakone Chanthavongsa, spoke during an announcement broadcast live across social media.

She said that as the number of Covid-19 cases had significantly decreased, and in order to ensure economic recovery, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and the government of Laos had coordinated with a number of sectors to determine new entry measures in line with the global situation.

After canvassing public opinion and consulting with experts, the Taskforce has set out the following measures for entry to Laos, effective from 9 May onward:

All international checkpoints will be open for entry and exit by Lao citizens, foreign residents, tourists, and other types of visitors.

Citizens of countries that have bilateral or unilateral visa waiver agreements with Laos may now enter Laos without the need for a visa.

Citizens of countries that do not have a visa waiver agreement with Laos may now apply for a visa at a Lao embassy or consulate abroad or via the e-Visa online system. Visa on arrivals will also be reinstated at certain international checkpoints.

Fully vaccinated foreigners or Lao citizens carrying a vaccination certificate may enter Laos without any screening or testing for Covid-19 when arriving by land, air, or water.

Non-vaccinated citizens of Laos, foreign citizens, or residents aged 12 years and over must take a Rapid Antigen Test (ATK) at least 48 hours prior to departure and present the results upon arrival.

Foreign arrivals in Laos that become infected with Covid-19 must bear responsibility for any and all medical costs involved in treatment.

Private vehicles may now enter and exit the territory of Laos via checkpoints as prior to the pandemic. Guidelines regarding this measure will be drafted and publicized by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Madame Thippakone said that ministries and tourism departments, as well as tourism businesses, must now be fully prepared to welcome foreign tourists.

At the same time, she announced the reopening of entertainment venues and karaoke bars, however, such venues must ensure they fully comply with Covid-19 prevention measures.

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Laos is preparing to commence a new phase of reopening to tourism that will require Covid-19 tests prior to departure and on arrival.

Dr. Sisavath Soutthanilaxay said during an announcement by the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control yesterday that the country is now actively preparing for a full reopening.

Under new entry regulations, which will be officially announced at a future press conference, arrivals in Laos will be required to undergo two Covid-19 tests.

According to Dr. Sisavath, tourists will be required to take an RT-PCR test 72 hours before departure, as well as an RDT (Rapid Diagnostic Test) on arrival.

“The wait time for results will depend upon the number of travelers arriving,” said Dr. Sisavath.

Those who have been infected with Covid-19 and recovered will not need to take an RT-PCR test, however, an official medical certificate will be required.

Arrivals with a negative RDT test result may enter the country freely, while those who test positive will need to quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel.

Those with serious symptoms will be hospitalized.

The news comes after Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh agreed to a full reopening of the country to tourism on Tuesday.

The PM said that he agreed “in principle” to the reopening and that relevant sectors should “draw upon lessons from neighboring countries” when drafting new regulations.

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The Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism has sent a proposal for a full reopening of the country to the Prime Minister of Laos for consideration.

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The government of Laos has officially set 13 April 2022 the first public holiday date of Lao New Year (Pi Mai).

A notice issued by Prime Minister’s Office confirms the holiday date and prohibits government offices and departments from holding Lao New Year parties in a bid to promote austerity and set an example for the wider population.

The notice states that the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and relevant provincial taskforces should issue coronavirus prevention measures related to celebrations in each locality. 

While the country’s biggest festival was canceled in 2020, scaled-back Lao New Year celebrations were held in 2021, allowing residents to participate in the celebration with their families, at their workplaces, and at temples in accordance with Lao traditions.

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