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How can Swiss Travelers apply for Laos visa? When is the best time to visit the country? How to find the best flight to Laos? Where to visit? or which tour packages will suit you most? Everything can be found below.


Best time to visit

The small, landlocked country of Laos is best visited between October and April, when the weather’s warm and dry throughout.

River travel is best between November and January, when high water levels make passage easy along Laos' main waterway, the Mekong River. Visiting the Bolaven Plateau is also pleasant at this time of year.

Laos’ geography plays a major part in shaping its climate, and cool temperatures can still be found in the highlands, which lie mainly in northern, eastern and central regions. The 'green season’ falls between late May and October, when the rains return to the country. However, showers are usually short and sharp, having little impact on your exploration. At this time of year, the country comes to life, with waterfalls beginning to flow once more and the lush scenery attracting a variety of wildlife.

You can check the detailed guide to know exactly where and when to go in Laos throughout the year.

Laos Tourist Visa Policy for Swiss Travelers

Swiss passport holders do not need to apply for the tourist visa if the travel plan within Laos is not over 15 days. 

Otherwise, the visa is needed to enter Laos. However, you can find it as one of the easiest parts of your trip. You can either apply for visa at Laos embassy, upon arrival, or get it done online (e-Visa). 

Laos online visa (e-Visa)

Swiss citizens can apply online visa via the official website of immigration office. Please notice:

  • Lao e-Visa can be used to enter 5 international checkpoints
    • Wattay International Airport in Vientiane
    • Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang
    • Pakse International Airport in Pakse
    • Laos-Thai Friendship Bridge I in Vientiane (connecting with Nong Khai – Thailand)
    • Laos-Thai Friendship Bridge II in Savannakhet (connecting with Mukdahan – Thailand)
  • Lao e-Visa is non-refundable
  • E-Visa can be processed within 03 working days provided that all the information. supplied by applicants meets the criteria and accepted by Lao Government Authorities, otherwise the processing time can be longer. 

Check more about Laos Visa Online (e-Visa) here.

Lao visa via an embassy abroad

Laos has a consulate office in Zug, which offers a limited consular service. You can recheck with them before proceeding.

Laotian Honorary Consulate in Zug, Switzerland

  • Address: Bahnhofstrasse 52, 6430 Schwyz, Switzerland
  • Tel.: (+41) 41 810 16 59
  • Fax: (+41) 41 810 01 14
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:

Moreover, you can also visit one of the Lao embassies along the way to Laos. For example, in case you visit Vietnam, you can spend time visiting Laos embassy in Hanoi to get your visa done before continuing your journey to Laos.

Lao visa on arrival

Swiss passport holders can also apply for Visa on arrival, which seems to be the most convenient method to apply for your Lao visa until now. And we recommend you use this visa type. You do not need any approval letter or supporting documents to do so. Of course, there is still some standard requirements as below.

Check more about Laos Visa On Arrival here.

Lao visa requirements

Whichever visa type you are going to apply, below is the standard requirements:

  • 1 valid passport with at least 6-month validity on the date of arrival and having at least 2 blank pages.
  • 2 recent passport-sized color photos (electronic copy in case you apply for e-Visa)

There may be some extra requirements depending on the port you enter or the embassy you visit. Please check it directly before proceeding.

Notice: upon arrival at the airport, you need to specify if your travel plan exceeds 15 days or not, so that they will issue the suitable visa for you.

For more information, you can check our guide for Laos Tourist Visa Policy here.

How much does it cost to travel to Laos from Switzerland?

For the flight cost, check the information below in this article (Getting to Laos from Switzerland)

Our recommended spending for your journey in Laos is about $120-150/person/day (group of 2 people). Of course, you can either spend less at about $90-100/person/day (even $30-40/day - backpacker style) or you can spend much higher depending on the services you expect on spot.

Here is our detailed guide for Budget & Currency for travelling in Laos

Getting to Laos from Switzerland

Since there are no direct flights from the Switzerland, if you want to visit Laos, the easiest way is to fly to a regional hub first, such as Bangkok, Hanoi, Singapore, or Kuala Lumpur, and then take a connecting flight to Laos. 

There are 3 main international airports in Laos. The first one is in Luang Prabang, which of course will serve as the entrance to Luang Prabang and northern Laos. The second one is in the capital Vientiane for the one who wish to explore the capital, the surrounding and the central Laos. The last one is in Pakse, the biggest town of southern Laos. This is the gateway to explore Bolaven Plateau, Wat Phou, and 4000 Islands.

In some instant, if it is difficult to find the suitable flight directly Pakse or Vientiane, you can take the flight to the nearest bordering province in Thailand then take the transfer to Laos. For example, you can take the flight from London to Bangkok, then connect with another flight to Ubon Ratchathani before taking the 3-hour transfer to Pakse.

Flight FAQs

Q. When is the best time to book flights to Laos?

Aim to have your flight tickets secured at least four months in advance to give yourself a chance of finding the cheapest flights to Laos. If you can then book them even further ahead, especially if your dates coincide with a major event or the peak season. 

Once you’ve narrowed down your destination by choosing a city, usually either Vientiane or Luang Prabang, you’ll be able to figure out what dates offer the cheapest flights to Laos and go from there. 

Flexibility is the key to securing discounted flight tickets so if you’re not governed by a particular set of weeks or to a specific location then you’ll give yourself the best chances of finding the cheapest flights to Laos. 

Don’t worry too much about which side of the plane to sit on as each has their benefits and offer equally impressive view through your flight.

Q. How long is the flight to Laos?

An average nonstop flight from Switzerland to Laos takes about 11h, covering a distance of about 5,113 miles or 8 189 kilometers. However, as there is no direct flight, your total travel time will take about 15-16 hours or more depending on the number of transiting airports you take along the way.

Q. Can I get a nonstop flight to Laos from Switzerland?

Unfortunately, there are no nonstop flights available from any airports in Switzerland to Laos. The best way is to take the flight to its neighboring countries (i.e. Vietnam and Thailand), then take the onward flight to Laos.

Q. Where should I fly to if I want to visit Plain of Jars?

The famous plain of jars locates in the province of Xieng Khuang, Northeastern Laos. There is no international flight here. Hence, the best way for you to get to Xieng Khuang is to fly into Vientiane first, then take a connecting flight to Xieng Khuang. The flight here is also very limited, so you can expect to spend 1 or 2 nights in Vientiane before getting the flight to Xieng Khuang

Q. Where should I fly to if I want to visit the ruin Wat Phou?

Wat Phou locates in the province of Champasak, 40km away from Pakse International Airport in Southern Laos. Hence you can find the flight to Pakse and take a short transfer to Champasak to visit the ruin of Wat Phou. In case you find it difficult to find the flight to Pakse, you can take the flight to Ubon Ratchathani the bordering province in Thailand, which has fruitful connection flights from Bangkok, and take the 3 hours transfer to Champasak. 

Q. How much does it cost to fly to Laos?

Compared to Thailand and Vietnam, the price ticket to Laos is a little bit higher ranging from $550 to $850 depending on your flight route and date. It is because you need to add up the cost for the onward flight from those countries.

We recommend using some online ticket booking platform (Kayak, Cheapflights, or SkyScanner) to look for the cheapest flight possible according to your travel plan. They do have alert system when there is the price change on your travel date.

Here is how to get the cheapest flight possible to Laos

Getting around in Laos

Figuring out transportation on your own in Laos can be very challenging. While there are a variety of transportation options, travel is slow, and roads can be flooded or unpaved altogether. Besides the ubiquitous tuk tuk, there are plenty of forms of transport in the Lao PDR. With a little patience and a lot of good humor, you’ll get to where you’re going eventually. Keep it for yourselves: The journey is the destination.

Check How to get around in Laos here

Other FAQs

1. Do I need vaccines for Laos?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Laos. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Laos: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza

Here is the article for recommended vaccinations for Laos.

2. How safe is Laos?

Over the last couple of decades Laos has earned a reputation among visitors as a remarkably safe place to travel, with little crime reported and few of the scams often found in more touristed places such as Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. And while the vast majority of Laotians remain honest and welcoming, things aren't quite as idyllic as they once were. The main change has been in the rise of petty crimes, such as theft and low-level scams, which are more annoying than dangerous.

Here is our guide for Safety and Precautions in Laos

3. Do I need a travel insurance for Laos?

Travel insurance for Laos is an absolute must!

A good travel-insurance policy, as always, is a wise investment. Laos is generally considered a high-risk area, and with limited medical services it's vital to have a policy that covers being evacuated (medivaced), by air if necessary, to a hospital in Thailand. Read the small print in any policy to see if hazardous activities are covered; rock climbing, rafting and motorcycling are often not.

If you undergo medical treatment in Laos or Thailand, be sure to collect all receipts and copies of the medical report, in English if possible, for insurance purposes.

Check the detailed article for Laos travel insurance here

4. What should I take to Laos?

For the best possible stay in Laos and to prepare yourself for anything unexpected weather-wise, add these items to your packing checklist:

  • Lightweight and light-colored clothing to reflect the sun
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Powerful sunscreen to protect from the sun’s intensity
  • Earplugs as most places tend to be noisy during the day and into the night
  • Dry pack if planning on water-based activities or to plan for spontaneous rain pour
  • Wet weather coat or umbrella

Here is the detailed guide for what to pack for Laos

5. Are you supposed to tip in Laos?

In most places in Laos, tipping is not expected though as always it is appreciated. If you want to tip, 10% percent is pretty generous. We’d encourage tipping for particularly good service; wages are low so they’ll certainly be appreciated. That being said, do only tip on a merit basis and don’t feel obliged to do it. 

Check out the Laos tipping guide & other local etiquettes here

6. Do I need to buy a Laos SIM Card? And where can I buy it?

It is recommended to buy a local SIM card why travelling in Laos as it surely has a stable connection and also the cheaper price for calling & data usage.

You can buy the SIM Card almost everywhere in Laos, especially inside the big cities like Vientiane or Luang Prabang.

Check out the detailed guide for Internet & phone in Laos here

7. Do I need to bargain while shopping in Laos?

If an item has a price tag then you're not expected to bargain. You are not expected to bargain in a grocery store or restaurant either. If you find it expensive, just walk away.

The main venues for bargaining are the local markets, where the price will probably be a little flexible, although not as much as in neighboring countries like Vietnam or Thailand.

Here is our guide for Buying and bargaining in Laos

Swiss Embassy in Laos

It is good to know exactly where the Swiss embassy or consulates are located when traveling. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.

Swiss Embassy Vientiane

  • Address: 2nd Floor Setthathirath Road Namphu Square Vientiane Laos
  • Phone: (+856) 21 264 160
  • Fax: (+856) 21 264 161
  • Email: [email protected]


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Check below our detailed tips & guide for every places to visit in Laos, recommendation regarding the inclusion in each theme you prefer, and what you can do based on the time frame you have.

Luang Prabang
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The ancient capital of Lane Xang Kingdom

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The ancient capital of Lane Xang Kingdom

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The combination of fun and educational activities

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Explore every corners of the destination on two wheels

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Check out all the must-see places and things to do & see

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Unique experience combined with top-notch services

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Easy excursions combined with unique experience making the long-lasting romantic memories

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The combination of some must-see experience and the cruise tour along the mighty rivers

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Reveal off-the-beatentrack routes, least explored destinations, and unknown tribe groups

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Easy excursion combined with week-long beach break

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Taking a cruise on the fascinating Mekong River offers a unique and memorable travel experience. The Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in Asia, flows through several countries, including China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Each destination along the river offers its own distinct cultural, historical, and natural attractions. In this article, we will go over what you can expect when cruising the Mekong River. 


Despite being open to tourism for the past two decades, Laos remains a destination brimming with hidden treasures and unexplored gems, awaiting the arrival of curious adventurers.

Among these remarkable places is the Xe Champhone Loop, an enchanting location that captures the essence of Laos.

In early September 2022, we had the privilege of embarking on an Educational Tour organized by the esteemed Tetraktys Organization. Our objective was to delve into the wonders of this loop and promote its allure to international tourists.

During our expedition, we were awe-struck by the captivating sights and valuable insights we gained. The area boasts an abundance of captivating natural landscapes, rich traditional culture, and warm-hearted hosts.

We have compiled comprehensive information about this captivating region below.

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The romance of train travel is alive and well in Laos. The recently-completed high-speed railway that stretches from Vientiane, through Laos, and into southern China is operating ‘full steam’ ahead. 


Luang Prabang will celebrate the boat racing festival (Boun Souang Heua) in Namkhan River during Buddhist Lent Period, on August 26th, 2022.

A notice issued by Luang Prabang provincial office says that Luang Prabang will arrange Boun Hor Khaopadapdin, an annual festival held to feed spirits with home-made parcels of food, and the boat racing activities along Namkhan River. 

The province intends to promote the traditional festival and practices in hopes of attracting more domestic and foreign tourists, generating revenue for locals.

Traditional racing boats are made of a single tree and can accommodate up to fifty rowers.

The boats are considered sacred, are cleaned, and are given offerings which are believed to bring victory to the team.

In the downtown heart of Luang Prabang, there will also be gatherings and markets.

The festival will be held on August 26th, 2022, the same day with Boun Khao Padapdine.

Covid-19 put a stop to traditional customs and festivals for almost three years, but now that the measurements have been relaxed, tourist destinations in Laos expect to recommence festivities and offer hope for travelers.


How long to spend in Laos may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out. 

How long can you stay in Laos? 

Well, as long as you like! From 7 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Laos and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Laos is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Laos with its neighbor countries. 

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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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