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Useful addresses while traveling in Laos

Laos is listed as a safe country to travel and there is nothing to worry if you follow our Laos safety & precaution notices

However, you should have some useful addresses in your pocket in case you need the supports during your trip, which may relate to your visa or passport, urgent health problem, or emergency services.

Below is the list of all the useful addresses in Laos that you should kno

List of diplomatic mission in Laos

U.S. Embassy in Vientiane

  • Thadeua Road KM 9, Sisatanak District
  • Tel.: 021 487 000
  • Website:

British Embassy in Vientiane

  • Rue Yokkabat, Ban Phonexay, Saysettha District
  • Tel.: 030 77 00 000
  • Website: 

Australian Embassy in Vientiane

  • Thadeua Road KM 4, Sisatanak District
  • Tel.: 021 353 800
  • Website:

Office of the Embassy of Canada in Vientiane

  • C/O Australian Embassy
  • Thadeua Road KM 4, Sisatanak District
  • Tel.: 021 353 834

List of Laos diplomatic mission abroad

In the United States

  • Embassy of Laos 
  • 2222 S Street N.W, Washington, D.C., 20008
  • Tel.: 202 328 9148
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:

In the United Kingdom

  • Embassy of Laos
  • 49 Porchester Terrace, London W2 3TS, UK
  • Tel.: +44 20 7402 3770
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: There is currently no embassy website

In Australia

  • Embassy of Laos 
  • 1 Dalman Crescent, O’Malley, Canberra, ACT 2606
  • Tel.: +61 2 6286 4595
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:

In Canada

  • Laos Honorary Consulate 
  • 1943 St. Johns Street Port Moody, Vancouver, BC V3H 2A1
  • Tel.: 778 896 1814
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: There is currently no consulate website

List of hospitals for foreigners in some tourist sites

In Vientiane

Alliance International Medical Centre

  • Honda Complex, Souphanuvong Road, Ban Wattayyaithong, Sikhottabong district
  • Tel.: 021 513 095

French Medical Centre

  • Bvd. Kouvieng Rue Simeuang 
  • Tel.: 021 214 150

Mittaphab (Friendship) Hospital

  • Address: Phontong Road, Ban Phonsavang, Vientiane, Laos
  • Tel: +856 (0) 21 710 005/ +856 (0) 21 710 006

Australian Embassy Clinic

  • Address: Km 4, Thadeua Road, Ban Watnak, P.O. Box 292, Vientiane
  • Tel: +856 (0 )21 353 840

Lao Skyways

  • Address: Strengthen Hotel, ASEAN Road, Sikhottabong District, PO Box 6618, Vientiane
  • Tel: +856(0) 21512027

Mahosot Hospital

  • Address: Quai Fa Ngum Road, Vientiane
  • Tel.: 021 213 903

In Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital

  • Phouvao Street, Ban Pongkham
  • Tel.: 071 254 027

Phakan's Clinic

  • Phouvao Street, Ban Pongkham 
  • Tel.: 020 55 558 280

Emergency & Important Numbers

To dial listings from outside Laos, dial your international access code, the country code and then the number (minus ‘0’, which is used when dialing domestically).

  • Country code                        856
  • International access code     00
  • Ambulance                           195
  • Fire                                       190
  • Police                                   191
  • Tourist Police                        192

We believe you have the right to arm yourselves with as much information as possible before making any decision.

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Bucolic Wat Phou (Wat Phu, Vat Phou, Vat Phu) sits in graceful decrepitude, and while it lacks the arresting enormity of Angkor in Cambodia, given its few visitors and more dramatic natural setting, these small Khmer ruins evoke a more soulful response. While some buildings are more than 1000 years old, most date from the 11th to 13th centuries. The site is divided into six terraces on three levels joined by a frangipani-bordered stairway ascending the mountain to the main shrine at the top.

Visit in the early morning for cooler temperatures (it gets really hot during the day, and on the lower levels there isn't any shade) and to capture the ruins in the best light. Make sure to grab a map at the entrance as there is little to no signage here.


Buddhist Lent Day (Thailand Wan Khao Phansa, Laos Boun Khao Phansa) is the start of the three-month period during the rainy season when monks are required to remain in a particular place such as a monastery or temple grounds. Here, they will meditate, pray, study, and teach other young monks. In the past, monks were not even allowed to leave the temple, but today, most monks just refrain from traveling during this period. You will still see them out during the day.

It is said that monks started remaining immobile in a temple during this time because they wanted to avoid killing insects and harming farmland. Apparently, traveling monks were crossing through fields, thus destroying the crops of villagers and farmers. After catching wind of this, Buddha decided that in order to avoid damaging crops, hurting insects, or harming themselves during the rainy season, monks should remain in their temples during these three months.

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Initiated in 2006 by an NGO working for years with the elephants, this annual meeting of Laos Elephant Festival became one of the big festivals of Laos, followed by thousands of Laotians who move to attend a number of exercises, parades, and elections of the most emblematic animal of Laos. Fifty elephants are walking around for 3 days in the streets of the small provincial town. A large market takes place for the occasion with all kind of local (or Thai) products.

Home to the country’s largest pachyderm population, Xayabouly Province is the natural choice to host this growing event that also aims to raise awareness about the need to protect the endangered Asian elephant, which has played such a vital role in Lao people’s livelihoods, culture and heritage.


The highlight of the year in Wat Phu Champasak is the three-day Buddhist festival, held on Magha Puja day on the full moon of the third lunar month, usually in February. The ceremonies culminate on the full-moon day with an early-morning offering of alms to monks, followed that evening by a candlelit wéean téean (circumambulation) of the lower shrines.

Throughout the three days of the festival Lao visitors climb around the hillside, stopping to pray and leave offerings of flowers and incense. The festival is more commercial than it once was, and for much of the time has an atmosphere somewhere between a kids' carnival and music festival. Events include kick-boxing matches, boat races, cockfights, comedy shows and plenty of music and dancing, as bands from as far away as Vientiane arrive. After dark the beer and lòw-lów (Lao whisky) flow freely and the atmosphere gets pretty rowdy.


When the three months of Buddhist Lent come to an end in October, it is the perfect time to visit temples and celebrate the end of the rainy season. In Laos, this is called Boun Awk Phansa (Sometimes translated as Boun Ok Phansa or Boun Ock Phansa) and various religious and local traditions can be observed during this time. Moreover, there are plenty of festive activities are organized throughout the country with floating flower boats, candles, fireworks, lavishly decorated wats and an old-time carnival … all make for a magical Boun Awk Phansa festival in Laos. 


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