Useful information for leisure and travel tourists in Laos.
In Laos, you can still find real oriental exoticism in the form of picturesque markets, numerous temples and pagodas, and the aborigines’ stunning hospitality, stunning with general poverty.
Of the world-famous attractions in Laos, perhaps only the ancient capital Luang Praban is a huge complex of temples and narrow alleys, in the vicinity of which are full of waterfalls, caves, pagodas and other tourist lures. From here you can take a breathtaking walk through the Mekong in the company of daredevils from around the world.
Cities and resorts of Laos
Vientiane is the capital of Laos, translated “city of the moon”, a modern city, spread out on the banks of the Mekong. The buildings of modern architecture are adjacent to the buildings of colonial times and more ancient religious buildings.
Luang Praban – an ancient royal city, surrounded by mountains and dense forests, is located on the northern shore of the Mekong. Since 1995, UNESCO has been inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Visa to Laos
Citizens of the Russian Federation do not need a visa when visiting Laos for a period of less than 15 days. At the border you will only have to present a passport valid for at least 6 months. Theoretically, a border officer may require return tickets and hotel reservations, although in practice this is extremely rare.
Customs in Laos
Import and export of foreign currency is not limited. Amounts over $ 2,000 are mandatory. Import and export of national currency is prohibited.
Duty-free import is allowed: cigarettes – up to 500 pcs., Or 100 cigars or 500 g of tobacco; strong alcoholic drinks – 1 bottle, wine – up to 2 bottles; personal jewelry – up to 500 g.
It is forbidden to import weapons, explosive, poisonous and flammable substances, as well as narcotic drugs and means for their manufacture. It is forbidden to export objects of art and antiquities that are a national treasure, Buddha images (only souvenir options are allowed to be exported), weapons, explosives, as well as poisonous and flammable substances, narcotic drugs and means for their production.
What not to do in Laos – travel tips
Laos, despite the poverty of the local population, can be called a safe country, almost nothing threatens a foreign tourist from the side of Aboriginal people. Even the usual petty theft in the region is not so noticeable and only the most ordinary security measures should be taken to protect your property.
It is not recommended to visit areas bordering Cambodia. Since the days of the Indochina war there are many minefields left, and even with a guide, the danger is too great.
Drugs in Laos are illegal. And although locals who openly smoke marijuana are quite common and will offer it to you constantly, buying is still not recommended. The country’s authorities are struggling with the emerging image of Laos as a country of drug trafficking. Although they are not in a position to control drug use by their citizens, tourists are monitored more carefully and often impose significant fines and even sent to a local prison.