Laos is a landlocked country borders by Vietnam, Thailand, China and Burma. More than half of the country are surrounding by forest and mountains. There are 6.7 million people in Laos. The official capital city of Laos is Vientiane which is the main business and government office areas.
It is easy to travel to Laos via boat, bus and plane. The most comfortable way is by plane through 3 major international airports which located in 3 main cities, Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse.
Tourists, who come to Laos, can obtain Laos visa on arrival. It is very simple to get Laos visa on arrival in inland crossing, ports and Airports. It requires your valid passport, two recent photos, fill the Lao visa application form and pay USD 20-40 depending on your nationality. Lao authority will issue you a 30 day Lao tourist visa on arrival after you hand them all of the information needed. You can also receive Laos visa before you come to Laos via most Lao consulates and embassies abroad.
When you visit Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, do not miss Pra Thatluang Stupa, Wat Ho Prakeo museum, Patuxay monument, and Buddha Park also known as Xieng Khuan. These places are very interest sign seeing. They are the main places to attract tourists.
Luang Prabang is the most popular places to see in Laos amongst tourists that come from all over the world. Luang Prabang is the Ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the world heritage city. When you visit Luang Prabang, don’t miss the city tour. It’s very interesting sigh seeing. You’ll see many old temples, formal loyal palace, National museum and one more thing you should see when you are in Lung Prabang is the night market that sells plenty of handcraft Lao products.
When you are in it would be best to learn to know a bit about Lao culture. When in Laos, try to do as the Lao do and remember; don’t touch head, don’t lose your temper with people and don’t flash your fresh. The rest is about manners, shoes left outside, accepting hosts, greeting and not upsetting religious feelings.
When you visit Laos, it’s always good to know some basic Lao words. Here are some Lao words you should know. People in Laos say Sabaidee for hello, Sabaidee bor for how are you, Khoi Sabaidee for I am fine, and Khop Chai for thanks you.