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Preparation
Let take it easy. Traveling to Laos, like most of other destinations in Southeast Asia is not a complicated affair. There are some basics that you should take care of before your holiday.

Your passport and visa - Your passport must be valid for at least next six month and has at least two blank pages for visa and stamps. Check your passport status to make sure it still valid and function.
Allow enough time to arrange visa. You will need to prepare 2 passport type photos 2 inchs by 2 inchs that taken within last six month, a visa application form (taken from the specific Embassy where you will obtain your visa) and visa fee.
Check the list of Laos Embassies and Consulates here.
If you do not want to go through that process and just want a visa on arrival, then make sure you are legible for it. Feel free to contact us for further infomation or any help.

Travel insurance - Travel Insurance is compulsory on all Travel Authentic Asia trips and is a condition of booking with Travel Authentic Asia. Your insurance policy should cover at least:

  • Medical and health cover for injury or sudden illness
  • 24 hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property.
  • Lost and stolen of possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment (cutting short your trip due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances.).
  • Personal accident.

Vaccinations and medical checking list – Visit a doctor or travel clinic at least two months before you travel to find out which travel vaccinations are necessary. By the way, check if what type of medication you will need on your holiday. Please, click here for more information.

Make photocopies – Make photocopies of your passport, visa and other important travel documents and leave one copy with someone at home and keep one with you. You could also email it to yourself. This makes things much simpler in case you lose any of those paper or documents.

Money and credit card – Laos kip is official currency of Laos. You can use also Thai bath and USD around. In Laos, including the capital Vientiane, several banks have international ATMs accepting PLUS and CIRRUS cards for VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, Cashpoint, JCB, China UnionPay and Diners Club.
Major credit cards are accepted at tourist hotels, restaurants and some shops in the main cities.
There are many ATMs in and around Vientiane now as well as in main towns and tourist places. It's always advisable to carry some cash with you. Credit card cash advances can be obtained from bank branches and exchange kiosks.
ATMs dispense local currency (kips) in denominations between 10,000 and 50,000 with transaction amounts, fees and daily limits varying between banks. You can withdraw an amount of equivalent to around US$ 1000 per day.
Before you leave, let your bank know that you are going abroad so that they don’t block it when you use it there. It’s always a good idea to have a few bank cards as back ups in case one gets blocked or stolen. 

Luggage – Study well your itinerary and trip note to work out what you should take for the holiday. Pack your luggage as light as possible. Just take with you what you really need. Quantity is still an issue...but today it isn't "How much"....but "How little". Make your vacation more of a stress-free getaway by packing light and leaving the burden of those heavy bags behind.
You should first check the weather of the country before departure to know how to deal with it. If it is winter then jacket and jumper are necessary. The summer time requires loose and light clothes. Long pant, shoulder and chest cover stuff are needed for visiting holly places like temples or historical sites.
Before you start packing, make a list of the “must takes”. After you’ve assembled all the “must takes”, lay out the rest of the clothes you want to pack. Do not take more pants or shirts than the number of days you’ll be gone. If your itinerary involves in adventure activities then your own comfortable and proper gears should be prepared.
Leave the "I might need" items at home.Make sure your carry-on has all your important documents, medicines, your camera, and anything else you can’t live without for more than a day in case your luggage gets lost.
Packing light means less hassle for the airline crew, your driver, the hotel staff, and most importantly you, leading to a more relaxing vacation and travel experience.
In general, you can buy almost everything in Vietnam with good price so; do not need to bring the whole junk shop with you.  

To be responsible tourist – Places and you will visit have been there forever and you just pass through for a quick peek. But these places are homes for people who live and work there. How would you want visitors to behave in your own home? Think about it!
Read up on the places you want to visit. This is not so time consuming but really helpful to behave properly.
Plan what you can buy during your trip. You will help circulate money in the local economy and support or create jobs for local people. Things you can buy here in Vietnam include cloths, ceramics, painting and work arts of many types…
Learn something about local food, learn a few words in the local language and use it. You will surely get a smile from local people.
If you really want to give, then some of your unused stuffs at home can help the disadvantaged people here. You yourself can give it directly to the people or we will help you to distribute that stuff to those in needed.
And here's the big one....good manners are nearly universal. A pro tourist is polite and positive and eco sensitive. These are just simple things. What we need is just a little desire to make our world a much better place to be -- not just for ourselves, but for everyone.